A new commercial centre opens in Málaga today
A long time aspiration of Málaga becomes reality today as the port is finally opened up completely to the city centre. The process to bring down the railings and bring ‘Muelle Uno’ into the city has been a long and difficult one, beset by planning problems, but it completely changes the landscape in the city centre.
Rather predictably there is a commercial and leisure centre as part of the new development.
The idea was first voiced by the Socialist ex Mayor, Pedro Aparicio, who was Mayor between 1979 and 1995, and he fought long and hard with the Socialist central government for funding. A plan finally approved in 1998 has however been modified six times since then amid great controversy, and even now it is not exactly clear exactly what certain buildings will be used for, or the extent to which the old port boundary railings will be removed.
In effect ‘Muelle Uno’ becomes a new commercial street in the city centre and bordered by the sea, and along which cruise liner passengers can walk into Calle Larios in the centre of the city. 70 shops are in three main buildings, mostly fashion and leisure items, with bars and restaurants, and there is a childrens play area. Another building is expected to be used for cultural performances and exhibitions.