For these reasons, this neighborhood of the North Zone applauds a performance that was adopted in April 2015, and that forced evict and seek accommodation for the 32 families who resided on the block. These people had to remove their things in 15 days, quickly and running, when the City Council made the decision to demolish it for ruin. The block, however, has been standing for another seven years, becoming, according to the neighbors of the adjoining buildings, a nest for rats and a specific refuge for squatters and people who also took door frames, copper and any material that even the metal in the pipes could be sold.
Some of the residents, who stayed to live in neighboring flats paying social rent, have never understood why the rush to leave the building, which was then justified by the City Council due to the risk of the stairs collapsing. The José Luis Barceló 18 building, next to the previous one, was demolished in 2014. Two years earlier, a total of 52 families were evicted. The Alicante City Council then decreed the “imminent and dangerous ruin” of the building. A total of 156 people left their homes within hours and were located at the Ciudad Jardín sports center. Others were rehoused in flats of the Housing Trust, and some left with relatives.
Antonia Sánchez, president of the Nueva Alcolecha neighborhood association, explained this Wednesday that “we had been waiting for a long time. The building was empty and had better be demolished. They squatted despite being closed and with partitioned doors and windows. It is positive for the neighborhood, to improve its image and for health and safety reasons. At the moment the association does not know what use it will be given, although it prefers that the space be open plan and be a lot, even a car park, like the other building by José Luis Barceló demolished in 2014, rather than remain standing with the risk of falling. “It was a danger, the neighborhood really wins.”
Repairs were made in the block that did not prevent the eviction due to theft of materials and lack of maintenance
The start of the demolition work on the Nou Alcolecha property means that the Department of Urban Planning continues the rehabilitation of the area after the demolition of the aforementioned property eight years ago at number 18 Calle Diputado José Luis Barceló. With this second demolition, the agreement of the Local Government Board that awarded the action to the mercantile José Savall Ronda SA in March, with a budget of 177,953.04 euros VAT included for three months of works, is executed. The building, on the corner of Calle General Espartero, consists of a ground floor for mixed use, dedicated to commercial premises and homes, and four floors. The complex was articulated around an interior patio that served as a corridor, with three staircases. The property has a floor area of 613 square meters and 2,488 square meters of built area and dates from 1966, thus being around 55 years old.
The City Council tried to save the property in 2009 with an investment in repairs that did not prevent a few years later the declaration of imminent ruin, mainly due to the theft of materials and lack of maintenance. Technicians reported the poor condition of the building and reinforcements were placed on the stair structures, but the struts also “disappeared” to be sold for scrap.
The area of Urbanism that directs Adrián Santos Pérez, from Ciudadanos, has chosen the mechanical demolition technique using hydropneumatic procedures for the structure of the building, “considering this method the most secure, and which consists of exhausting the strength of the concrete with the use of demolishing jaws equipped with blades that crush the structure, applying a shear force. This system has the advantage of being able to cut the elements, such as beams, pillars or slabs, to release them and lower them to the ground, avoiding their free fall ”. The demolition will be carried out from top to bottom, avoiding collapses due to pressure and overloads due to accumulation of debris on lower floors, remains that will be progressively dislodged.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.