Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Earlier this week the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, visited Armeñime where work on the renovation of 76 apartments has been completed. The apartments are social housing and were built in the 1970s, and people have asked me about them previously, some thinking they were for general sale and others not knowing about social housing in Spain, a system not unlike the council housing system operating in the UK. They are in ten blocks in the Las Rosas–Armeñime area and parts of the buildings were in a poor state before the work began.
The renovation works have cost around €1m and have been carried out by the EMSA company (Adeje Services). A new health park has also been included for residents’ use. Costs for the works have been divided between Adeje council, the Cabildo and the regional and national governments. Joining the mayor to see the finished work were Adeje councillor for municipal works, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, Cabildo vice –president and housing councillor Aurelio Abreu and Marta Arocha Correa, the Cabildo councillor for municipal works.
Mayor Fraga said the improvements were “necessary given the age of the buildings, we have carried out reformations in line with today’s regulations and to ensure the wellbeing of the residents. We have also been able to improve the surrounding area with new urban furniture adapted to suit the residents, as well as better levels of accessibility”. Councillor Abreú said that the reforms would also improve residents’ security and comfort, given that new waterproofing for the blocks was included. “This is an important contribution from public bodies to guarantee the wellbeing of our residents” he added, and Marta Arocha Correa agreed that the reformations would add to the dignity of life of residents.
The 10 blocks were painted, windows and doors were replaced where necessary, and overall the visual and security aspects of the buildings were upgraded. In parallel there were new electrical central points and metres installed in line with current regulations. The roofs now also have solar panels. Access ramps have also been installed, of particular importance given that many of the residents are elderly. Beside the blocks a park with exercise machines has been built as well as a children’s playground and benches and outdoor seating.