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Original Faliron plans sacrificed December 19, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Greece.

The landscaping and development of the Faliron coastline was one of the most interesting projects associated with the 2004 Olympic Games.

This project was supposed to soften the impact of the coastline’s gradual spread seaward during the reclamation works of the 1970s and 1980s, help restore access to the coastline for municipalities along the coast and provide flood control.

Unfortunately it was also one of the first projects sacrificed; it was postponed indefinitely and to date the Environment and Public Works Ministry has said little about its future.

The main goal of the project, designed by Faliron 21, one of some 10 design firms, is to link the residential areas with the coast. The only link at the moment is via the Esplanade. The plans provide for the existing coastal highway to be moved 90 meters southward and lowered. Two bridges will be built as crossings.

On the site of the existing highway, a sea canal 35 meters wide would be dug, bringing the sea back toward the city and resolving one of the area’s biggest problems, where to drain floodwaters from the surrounding low-lying suburbs. Smaller flood control works are also provided for.

The total project is budgeted at 50 million euro. Olympic Properties has provided the land. All that is needed now is the will.

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