The urban reform of Gràcia reduces the houses to be demolished from 158 to 9

The modification of the district plan provides for the patrimonial protection of 3,400 buildings, three out of four of the affected neighborhoods

The government intends to achieve 1,700 more protected homes in an area where there is not enough space to build

The Modification of General Urban Plan (MPGM) that affects neighborhoods in the Gràcia district, specifically Vila de Gràcia and part of La Salut, Vallcarca, Camp de’n Grassot and Gràcia Nova It will leave in nine the affectations of houses. In other words, nine will have to be knocked down, when the previous forecast, with the previous plan, was that up to 158 would see the pickaxe. On the occasion of the initial approval of the modification of the PGM, last February, the figure has already dropped to 42.

The Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Janet Sanz (confined to her home due to a positive covid), and the councilor of Gràcia, Eloi Badia, have explained this Thursday the details of the initiative, which next week has to be provisionally endorsed in the Municipal Planning Commission, next Tuesday, to be later approved in the plenary session on January 28, something guaranteed by the support from ERC, which has negotiated the plan with the government. The definitive placet must be granted by the Barcelona Urban Planning Subcommittee.

The preserved estates

In addition to the disaffection, the government of Ada Colau stresses that will protect 3,400 buildings in the old part of the district. In the last change, 54 elements have been included in the heritage catalog (the Telefónica building in Gran de Gràcia, the Minerva Palace on Diagonal, among others), which brings the list of buildings protected by the plan to a thousand patrimonial protection that was activated at the beginning of the MPGM process due to the verification that many assets had to be included in the list in the area.

Another 1,600 farms considered traditional in the center of Gràcia will be protected in the sense that they cannot be demolished and their rehabilitation will be encouraged. In the case of another 750 farms in certain streets considered traditional in the area, such as Gran de Gràcia, Torrent de l’Olla, Travessera de Gràcia and Verdi, the aim is to maintain their nature and for any intervention, a volumetric planning study will be required to “Justify your fit & rdquor ;, in the words of Sanz.

From the car to the pedestrian

The reason why so many affected farms are no longer affected is related to the current government’s concept of mobility. In view of the fact that priority is to be given to sustainable mobility before the car, road damages proposed for this purpose are eliminated.

An example in which the threat disappears is the Frigola passage, where a new street was planned, which is rejected, which in practice means an amnesty for 16 homes. In Carrer de Maignon another 15 homes are saved: in Plaça del Gato Pérez and Carrer de Llibertat, another two.

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1,700 public housing

The government intends to achieve 1,700 more public houses in neighborhoods where there is little space to build. He wants to do it through several measures. One, the one that requires 30% of each promotion to be dedicated to social housing from 400 square meters (in the rest of the city the minimum limit is 600 square meters), for which it hopes to achieve 400 flats in the long term. Another 800 must arise from the conversion of ground floors into housing, which by obligation will become protected. When a house of more than 160 square meters is divided in two to sell it, one of the two resulting halves will be protected. From this measure, 450 more homes are expected. ERC asked for a change: that will happen in the second transmission of the house and not in the first.

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