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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Kykkos Monastery planning €500 million Nicosia project ]

Kykkos Monastery planning €500 million Nicosia project

Author: 
Charles Charalambous

A VAST mixed development in southwest Nicosia slated to cost over €500 million is being planned by a consortium comprising Kykkos Monastery and local and foreign investors, Engomi municipality Mayor Dr Nicos Pavlides confirmed to the Cyprus Mail yesterday.

The proposed project includes plans for a seven-star hotel and conference centre, housing, shops and commercial premises, children’s play areas, a swimming-pool, landscaped green areas and gardens, and other spaces for social and cultural interaction.

The project’s footprint would cover some 300,000 square metres next to the Engomi Health Centre, located on a large tract of land owned by Kykkos Monastery and bounded by Digenis Akritas Avenue, King Paul Street, Nicos Kranidiotis Street and Archangel Michael Avenue.

A plot of land which has already been set aside for the new Engomi town hall and municipality offices features in the near right-hand corner of the footprint, looking west from Nicos Kranidiotis Avenue.

Kykkos Monastery’s contribution to the project would be a long-term lease on the land. Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos is reported as viewing the project as one of the most significant ever in Cyprus, and coming at exactly the right time to support the island’s economy. It is estimated that 8,000 people would be involved in the project’s construction phase.

When the Cyprus Mail contacted the Bishop’s office, we were referred to local architect Akis Meletiou, whose office declined to comment “beyond what the Bishop of Kykkos has already been quoted as saying”.

A preliminary study for the project has been prepared by Atkins, regarded as the UK’s largest engineering and design consultancy, and one of the world’s biggest design firms.

Pavlides said: “What we know at the moment is based on a presentation on the project given to us (on Tuesday) by Atkins, who have produced a development study.”

The presentation was well received, with Pavlides saying that it “fits in with what I call modern Engomi”. He added that he is in favour of proceeding with the traffic and environmental impact studies required by law for such projects, ahead of a public consultation exercise.

“The plot of land in question does not abut any existing houses, so there are no neighbours that might be directly affected – but of course there would be an increase in traffic to and through the area, so the statutory studies would address this”, he said.

Pavlides said a Greek university professor specialising in urban traffic studies was part of the project team at Tuesday’s presentation, so he anticipates that both the traffic impact and environmental impact studies would be dealt with seriously.

When the Mail spoke to him yesterday, Pavlides was not aware of the project’s timeline, nor was he prepared to comment on the prospects for local or foreign investment. “The presentation was based on a preliminary study to show what Kykkos Monastery has in mind for developing the area where it owns land. I have no way of knowing what final form the project might take”, he said.

Meanwhile, the plan for the new town hall and office complex will go ahead regardless, as part of the mayor’s overall plans to modernise and develop the area further.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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