About a week after Nerja started shuffling papers to get the Maro, golf-course project started, Torrox is making moves over their one.
The Calaceite project really dates back to 1992 and consists of an 18-hole course… and 3,157 dwellings (surprise!). But it doesn’t stop there because there is also a marina in the pipeline to be built on Playa Calaceite, which is right on torrox’s border with Nerja.
The Mayor, Óscar Medina (PP), considers that the project, if brought to fruition, would “revolutionise” the municipality, making it a “top-level tourist attraction on the Costa del Sol.”
Now, he has reason to be hopeful because Junta bigwig, Elías Bendodo, promised to put his shoulder behind the enterprise (marina) at the end of last year.
The golf course has been more problematic because one of the partners went bankrupt and part of the land included in project, which belongs to the Town Hall, was embargoed by a judge over a court case known as Caso Barragán.
So, to get it rolling again, the Town Hall bought out several share holders of Calaceite Developments S.L, spending 400,000 euros. Consequently, the Town Hall owns 78.22% of Calaceite Golf S. L., which had been set up in 2005 to build, promote and manage the project.
The result is that the Mayor is the Chairman of the company and the Councillor for Hacienda, Paula Moreno (PP), will be a board member. The rest of the shares (21.88%) are owned by a Madrid-based developer, called Level.
The golf-course project is included within the PGOU (General Urban Development Plan) approved in 1992. It affects 100 hectares of land overlooking the beach, on which 3,157 dwellings will be plonked.
Mayor Medina hopes to find several investors with powerful pockets to participate in the golf course, housing and marina.
Editorial comment: in short there will be just over three thousand dwellings on an erstwhile unspoilt hillside, probably no marina nor golf course but plenty of building-licence funds streaming in to sweeten the disappointment.
(News: Torrox, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo: E. Cabezas)