High rise building that may include casino facing opposition in Spain

Mar 27, 2017 9:24 AM

In Málaga, in southern Spain, opposition to a proposed high rise building that may include a casino is being heard. Opponents say the approximately 443-foot-tall building would transform the city’s image drastically and would overshadow other important buildings.

The project, which was endorsed by the city council, is now being criticized for its “unsustainability and visual and environmental impact,” according to G3 Newswire. Qatar-based Al Bidda Group was given permission to build Suites Málaga Port, the name given to the skyscraper hotel last year, on the jetty that outlines the eastern side of what is one of the oldest continuously operated ports in the Mediterranean.

The initial endorsement by the city council was for the skyscraper hotel only, but a casino could also reportedly be part of the overall proposal.

Suites Málaga Port will reportedly have 352 rooms, parking for 485 vehicles, and feature a casino, spa, luxury shopping center, conference center, and swimming pools. If the project goes according to plan, the new hotel will create an estimated 1,300 construction jobs, with 350 additional jobs when it opens in 2020.

Málaga located on Spain’s Costa del Sol, is about 2,800 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. The city was founded as Malaka by the Phoenicians in about 770 BC. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its history of nearly 3,000 years.