More pedestrian space and greenery restoration in the future Plaza de la Baja
The city council has already started work on improving and adapting the Plaza de la Baja, in the Centro area. The Centro Municipal Council has developed a redesign project for this enclave that includes various measures aimed at making the square more accessible and making more space for the residents, without losing its historical and traditional character. The center’s advisor, Jose Fernandez, visited the area this morning to see in a the site Details of this project.
The event, with an estimated duration of 90 days and a budget of half a million euros, aims to adapt the urban environment to make it more user-friendly and to have seats on frequent tracks. To achieve this, living areas will be restored, which will incorporate elements to improve environmental conditions, including plantations of new trees. In addition, a small ornamental fountain with a perimeter seat will be installed. Similarly, it is planned to replace the existing networks with linear drains and to install a drainage pier that improves the sanitation of the space and prevents the accumulation of water.
The project also includes paving the Costanilla de San Andrés to make it an integral part of the plaza, eliminating surface parking on one of the sidewalks by installing deterrent bulkheads, as well as rearranging the terraces, limiting the space they currently occupy.
In this sense, while the works are being carried out, the existing terraces will be removed so as not to interfere with the work, although once completed, the facilities may reposition the terrace under the legally stipulated conditions in accordance with current regulations.
Located in the heart of the Latina district, the historic center of Madrid, the Plaza de la Paja was built between 1520 and 1535 by order of the Casa de los Vargas to house the relics of Madrid’s patron saint, San Isidro, who was under 12th century slavery.
Since then, it has undergone many renovations and additions; Among them, which was made at the end of the twentieth century, when a famous bronze statue simulating a man reading the newspaper was installed that presides over the facade of the Palacio de los Vargas.