When the renovation of the Poblenou sea front began to be promoted in 1992, one
of the new residential developments planned for this previously industrial area was the
Front MarÝtim area. (...) The Second Olympic Village has been rapidly promoted
since the initial permission was granted in 1995 and will comprise a group of 1,723
housing units distributed around 7 city blocks.
The Town Council invited seven teams of architects to make proposals for the layout of the
new neighbourhood. Carles Ferrater, who designed the Vall dHebron Olympic Village,
proposed that this new area of the city should preserve the grid pattern of the Eixample.
Construction of the blocks of flats began in the spring of 1997 on the city block to be
occupied by public housing (276 housing units), and these flats will soon be occupied by
the people affected by the town planning scheme. (...)
The fact that the development involves public land, which the developers were able to
acquire at lower prices than are usual in the city, in spite of their complaints that it
could have been less expensive, means that it was possible to impose the condition that 45
per cent of the housing units to be built must be subject to price controls, i.e. they
must be subsidised. (...)
The planning scheme calls for the private developers to take responsibility for developing
the new neighbourhoods streets and public-use areas. Work on this part of the
project has already begun and will undoubtedly have been completed by the time that the
current Town Councils term ends towards the middle of 1999.