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by Marta Ricart.

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 d’Hebron 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 neighbourhood’s 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 Council’s term ends towards the middle of 1999.