A total of five companies have shown interest in the municipally owned plots on which, in March 2021, the Reus City Council and Redessa began a market consultation to build official protection and endowment housing. These five companies, as municipal sources specify to the Diari, have been interested in “all the land” that were part of the study, which are nine distributed in six neighborhoods of the city. The same sources specify that “proposals have been received from very diverse companies: construction companies at the state level, at the local level” and even “from some cooperative.”
With the query, Redessa intended to know if there were companies or entities that were willing to promote, build, manage and operate social housing with respect to one or several of these estates. It sought, based on the data obtained, to have information to carry out a possible subsequent bidding procedure.
At this time, “regarding the projects, the City Council and Redessa are assessing the proposed options as well as the requirements” in order to “analyze their viability”, despite the fact that everything is still “in an initial phase ». In this sense, “the conclusions could be ready throughout the third quarter of the year.”
As a whole, the nine municipal lands have the capacity to build more than 600 new homes. The site that is able to accommodate a larger volume of flats is located at number 12 Maria Aurèlia Capmany street, in Mas Iglesias. Sant Josep Obrer –Mas de l’Abelló and Bolívia streets–, El Carme –Vapor Vell and Sant Benet streets–, the Mercader urbanization –Agricultura street–, Monestirs –La Salle avenue– and Clarisses –Vilafortuny street– are the rest of the neighborhoods that house vacant lots in which the Reus government wants to deploy protected or endowment buildings. The latter are usually somewhat more compact in size and can be directly oriented towards specific groups such as, for example, the young or the elderly.
In all cases, the buildings have been planned accompanied by parking spaces for parking cars and motorcycles – in total there are about 800 –, and some also for bicycles – almost 100–, depending on the particularities of each plot. Sale or rental formulas have been planned. The square meters of global area are about 8,275 and the buildable ones, around 56,640, according to the information on the plots that Redessa made public last year.
The increase in public housing is precisely one of the objectives set by the future Pla Local d’Habitatge de Reus. The Municipal Action Plan (PAM) 2019-2023 also contemplates that the City Council can “act on the building stock and planning to increase rental housing and that dedicated to social policies” and, within this, “develop promotions of floors”.
“Everything that is made is sold”
Asked about the construction of protected or public buildings in the town, the president of the Gremi de la Construcció del Baix Camp, Anton Sentís, points out that “it is always good that there is activity” and specifies that “although we are currently having work, it is not in more than starting new works». “On the other hand, social housing is always necessary,” he says.
In Reus there are now some private developments of flats that are essentially concentrated in “the Mas Mainer area, the part in front of the municipal swimming pools or the end of the Camí de Valls”, as detailed by Sentís, which notes that “there is a large amount of accumulated demand for brand new homes because they were not built for a long time and it is true that now everything that is built is sold».
In the market consultation to sell these nine municipal lots, those interested in each farm had to state their degree of availability and interest in participating in the possible tender for a surface right and the planning of other contributions that may be relevant for the project, as well as putting on the table commercialization alternatives other than surface rights and formulating proposals for a rental price lower than the established maximum and for which they would be interested in leasing the homes, among others.
The City Council will apply the discount of 95% of the ICIO for new construction works in officially protected housing buildings and a discount of 50% of the IBI for 10 years in officially protected housing. Both measures were approved coinciding with the last tax reform and its goal, among other issues, is to promote official protection housing, as the government specified at the time.
If any of the interests in the land materializes and ends up materializing in the construction of social flats, the characteristics of the dwellings – the group to which they are destined when it comes to dotacional and the number of rooms and the surface for all – will be determined by the City Council and will be outlined also taking into account the proposals made by the companies. Access to public protection properties will be governed by the provisions of the Register of Sol·licitants d’Habitatge amb Official Protection and the Housing Mediation Exchange of Lloguer Social de Reus.