Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
Updated 18 July: After announcing in April that it had succeeded in unblocking the El Mojón Plan Parcial after 25 years, Arona Ayuntamiento has now announced that it has granted the first building licence for the area, a five star hotel – Tenerife Blue Village – belonging to the Marylanza Group, a prominent hotel group here which has spent fifteen years trying to get this licence. The permission was granted in a council meeting yesterday, and will shortly be followed by another for Spring Hotels, another hotel group with a foothold in Arona which, as I reported HERE in January, had applied for a licence for a four star hotel.
Original post 16 April: Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that after 25 years it has succeeded in unblocking the El Mojón Plan Parcial, considered the most strategic urban area in the Canary Islands. of Arona mayor José Julián Mena said that this vital step forwards is an achievement that will allow the council to start awarding licences for the first tourist, residential and commercial developments in the area as well as the construction of green spaces, and cultural, educational and leisure facilities. Mayor Mena says that from this point on, the paralysis is over, and there is no turning back for Arona’s advancement.
The council says that it has been able to achieve this thanks to close collaboration with the Junta de Compensación (Compensation Board). Arona can now start the area’s full development with large-scale investment like the recently announced new Spring Hoteles development opposite the Apolo Centre. Plans include other new hotels as well as high quality residential and commercial premises bringing not just a finished area but direct and indirect employment.
Mayor Mena added that “El Mojón is going to change Arona’s calling card throughout the world, giving our residents some public spaces appropriate for the 21st century, and the municipality we’ve alwys wanted”. The mayor continued that “the nearly three decades of intense, serious and rigorous work by the Urban Development department have allowed us to restore investor confidence, guarantee legal security, attract significant investment, and push ahead from the problems in which Arona has been entrenched for decades”.