White elephant to be renovated at a cost of €300,000

Ronda Council is finally going to do something about the so far unused building originally intended as an Interpretation Centre for Furniture of Ronda, although it will need renovating as it has been deteriorating since it was built in 2006 at a cost of €1.2 million.

The building, a wooden and glass structure, was built in 2006 with funds from the Ministry of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucia and the Municipal Council and was supposed to preserve and promote the local craft of furniture carving.

Over the years, this white elephant has been proposed as the site for a library, council offices and other projects but nothing ever materialised. Now the intention is to use the building for a Hostelry School, which will require renovations costing a further €300,000 to repair leaks, air conditioning and sanitation systems amongst other things.

This latest attempt at utilising the building is taking place due to provincial funding of €7 million for the Serrania de Ronda under a new Special Plan for Economic Promotion. Ronda city will receive €400,000 under this plan, and after spending €300,000 on the proposed Hostelry School, what’s left will be used to improve the Ronda Municipal Museum located in the Mondragón Palace.

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