The Hispania project or the Gregal Civic Center, investments for 2023 in Reus

The progress of the urbanization of Hispània (current blue zone of Riera Miró) or the future Center Cívic Gregal are some of the main investments that the Reus City Council foresees for 2023. In total, the investment plan of the Grup Ajuntament for next year amounts to 18,022,920 euros, of which 12.6 million correspond strictly to the City Council. "Many of the performances are biannual", commented this morning, during the presentation, the councilor of Hisenda, Mariluz Caballero. Thus, they are, for the most part, projects already started in other years and which, in order to continue advancing, new economic injections are foreseen.

The Hispània project is the one with the highest investment, with a total of 1,326,025 euros, which is added to the 10 million already allocated this 2022. The action must allow the construction of 63 homes, 60 of which with official protection. In addition, there will be a three-story municipal underground car park. The project is pending bidding. At the same time, the City Council will have to manage lead contamination in a sector of the site under the supervision of the Agència Catalana de Residus. Once this is done, you can proceed to build.

The items related to public roads and infrastructures and municipal equipment are those that concentrate the greatest part of the investment, with more than 6 million euros. This includes, as previously mentioned, the creation of the Center Cívic Gregal, which will be located in the Palau Boule wine warehouse, on Castellvell street (Niloga neighbourhood). Currently, the reform of the building is up for tender so that it can house the future equipment and, for 2023, an item of 1 million euros is expected so that the project can continue advancing.

In terms of public roads and infrastructure, the 425,000 euros reserved by the Reus City Council to co-finance the burying of the high-voltage power lines in the El Pinar urbanization stand out. This is a long neighborhood demand and the government of Reus has incorporated this item as a commitment.

As the consistory already recalled last Friday, the "City Hall has held talks with the electricity company Endesa and the Generalitat to satisfactorily resolve the demand of the residents of the area, a commitment shared by all the public administrations involved." It should be remembered that last March, the Parliament urged the Government of the Generalitat to support residents and promote negotiations with administrations and operators to seek financing options and technical solutions.

"This time we see that there is a will and we are confident that the burying will, in the end, be a reality," says the president of the El Pinar neighborhood association, Ton Sotorra. Also, the president of the Federation of Associations of Veïns de Reus (FAVR), Marcos Massó, particularly highlights this reserve of 425,000 euros for an issue that “has been requested for so many years. It is a priority », he emphasizes.

Within public roads and infrastructures there are also 280,504 euros for the underground passage of the future Bellissens station, something that Massó also applauds. However, the president of the FAVR recalls the also claimed overpass in this same area "although no one talks about it." As for the industrial estates, they would have a master plan. It would be included in the item of 1,350,000 euros aimed at master plans for the maintenance of public asphalt roads, sidewalks, urban furniture, lighting and gardening. There are also plans for an Economic and Social Impulse Plan, investments in sports and cultural equipment, in security, information and communication technologies (ICT) or in clean and sustainable energy.

The mayor of Reus, Carles Pellicer, has emphasized the "extraordinary investment capacity" of the council after "reducing debt by 70% in nine years." An "economic muscle that we allocate to improve services and the quality of life of citizens." He took the opportunity to review the amounts earmarked for investments in the last four years and also in the past mandates, noting that of the more than 24 million earmarked for investments between 2011 and 2014, it rose to €32 million in the next mandate and that the current one will close with a total of 83.2 million in investments, 32 of which will be concentrated in 2022.

Main investments

- Public roads and infrastructures: 3,170,860 euros. Bellissens Station (280,504 euros), the burying of the electrical lines of the high urbanization El Pinar (425,000 euros), the master plans for the maintenance of the public asphalt road, sidewalks, urban furniture, lighting, gardening and which includes a plan Director of industrial estates (1,350,000 euros).

- Municipal facilities: 3,046,791 euros. Notable are the Gregal Civic Center (1,000,000 euros), Adaptation of the Brigades building (300,000 euros), Nurseries (350,000 euros), improvements in schools (230,000 euros), Rincón de La Palma (188,000 euros), transfer of Casa de los Oficio. euros), or improvements in the Castillo del Camarero (85,000 euros).

- Economic and social promotion plan. The plan will be presented shortly. Only actions of the plan financed via investments have a budget of 1,222,000 euros

- Living place: 1,641,025 euros. With outstanding actions such as Hispània (1,326,025 euros) and the purchase of homes (315,000 euros)

- Sports: 695,000 euros. The grass soccer fields (500,000 euros) and improvements to sports equipment stand out: 195,000 euros

- Culture: 440,000 euros. The agreement with the Catholic Center stands out: 375,000 euros

- Security: 425,000 euros. Among others, the item includes vehicles, road safety elements, security cameras.

- ICT Investments: 490,000 euros. Of particular note is the renewal of the software for the computers of municipal workers.

- Investment in clean and sustainable energy. Installation of more solar panels (200,000 euros).

A budget of 131 million euros

The investment plan presented this Tuesday is part of the budget for 2023, which amounts to a total of 131,261,080.32 euros. It will be this Friday, November 18, that the Reus government will take the records of fiscal ordinances and municipal budgets to a vote by the plenary session of the City Council. It should be remembered that, as announced last week, municipal taxes and fees will be frozen next year, after the 2022 increase was 2% and, in 2020, 9.7%. On the other hand, all current tax rebates are maintained, with a total amount of 1.6 million.

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