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More parking, that is the question (in Mijas and everywhere)

In bustling urban landscapes, or in small historical towns as ours, the need for more parking spaces has become increasingly evident. The demand for convenient and accessible parking options intensifies. Inadequate parking leads to congestion, frustration, and even safety concerns. In Mijas Pueblo, they have some ideas about it.

Parking has become a challenge for Mijas Pueblo, which may seem easy to solve, but it is not, for different reasons, including its size, its steep hills and the protected status that it has. The central Virgen de la Peña car park in the heart of the town has 500 spaces, but it is not enough for tourists.

As well as long-tabled plans to double its size, according to Sur newspaper, either by extending it to the north or south, but at a considerable cost of up to 14 million euros for each, a third option has emerged. The town hall is now in talks with the private developer of a plot in the Santa Ana district of the town.

Santa Ana, a beautiful neighborhood “on the other side of town”, is within walking distance of the center and very convenient to many properties currently offered in our portfolio, at Mijas Properties.

Virgen de la peña car park, a project

Regarding the expansion of the existing parking, 360 additional spaces are planned, which are developed on a total of 6 floors, taking advantage of the existing structure by connecting with the current floors at the same level. (see picture)

Addressing the need for more parking requires innovative urban planning strategies that prioritize efficiency, sustainability, and accessibility. Embracing technology, such as smart parking systems and multi-level parking structures, can optimize space utilization while reducing environmental impact.

Ultimately, investing in adequate parking infrastructure is vital for fostering vibrant communities, supporting local businesses, and enhancing overall quality of life in our evolving cities. It’s imperative that policymakers, urban planners, and stakeholders collaborate to develop sustainable solutions that alleviate the parking crunch and enhance mobility for all.