The development of a 4.2 acre stretch of land on Piraeus Street in Tavros, formerly used as the capital’s slaughter house, is back in the spotlight.
The area belongs to the municipality of Athens, which two years ago had presented a 200-million-euro plan for its development into recreation and park areas, in cooperation with the municipality of Moschato - Tavros.
The plan, after municipal elections, had been shelved but a few days ago the state company "Athens Reconstruction", which was founded during the SYRIZA era, proceeded to announce the hiring of a consultant. The specific consultant will undertake to move the "Old Slaughterhouses" project to maturity.
In 1920, municipal officials built the slaughterhouse in the Tavros area, which remained in operation until the late seventies. Last year, a fire broke out at the historic facilities, many of which were destroyed. According to sources, several of the initiatives that the "Athens Reconstruction" is now moving ahead with, such as the introduction of some ambitious bicycle road projects or the completion of the unification of the archeological sites, are facing resistance from the municipality of Athens and other mayors.
The mayors believe that they should proceed with the works and not the "Reconstruction of Athens". The management of the latter, however, has announced three vacancies for consultants in the last month. Regarding the "Old Slaughterhouses", covering an area of 4.2 acres with listed buildings totaling 1,400 square meters of area, the plan that was presented provided for the location of cultural and sports activities, underground parking, restaurants, cinemas and outdoor activities.
The project would be implemented through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The new attempt to renovate the "Old Slaughterhouses" takes place at a time when other major projects are being promoted on Piraeus Street, such as the Viohalco group's plan for the former factory, the wider plan of the Municipality of Athens for double renovation (Eleona and Leof. Alexandras), etc.