The Minister of Justice, Local Administration, and Public Function, Jose Antonio Nieto Marbella, announced the upcoming tender for the preliminary project for the construction of the future City of Justice in the La Torrecilla estate, with more than 26,000 meters of ceiling, almost four times more than the total of the three existing judicial headquarters.
To this end, the project will be developed in several phases with the aim that it will be “the City of Justice in Marbella forever, completely solving judicial problems” in the city of Malaga for the present and for future growth.
Nieto signed with the mayor of Marbella, Angeles Muñoz, a collaboration agreement that represents another step in the project. The agreement guarantees the implementation of the Consistory of the connection of the farm of La Torrecilla, where the judicial headquarters is located, with the Ojén highway (A-355). At the same time, the Ministry will release the preliminary project for the construction of the new headquarters so that it will be ready in 2024.
The advisor explained that the resolution of the municipal team, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Development and Territorial Planning on the necessary procedures to implement urbanization and access to the space host of the new City of Justice, allows the Justice to start writing specifically to provide the preliminary project of the building. A headquarters that, in the first phase, has a ceiling of 14,084.16 meters, double the 7,297 that currently exists, but that looks at two more phases, in each of which another 6,000 meters of ceiling will be built.
The aim is to avoid situations like that of the City of Justice of Malaga, which has become less popular since its inauguration, and to draft a project that takes into account the growth forecasts of Marbella so that the new building is the definitive judicial headquarters. Moreover, Nieto remembers that the municipality will host most of the coordination services of the Administration of Justice of the Costa del Sol; therefore, we need to consider growth forecasts for the entire region.
Nieto pointed out that the future Marbella City of Justice It is one of the “most ambitious” projects planned by the Ministry of Judicial Infrastructure Plan 2023–2030, with an investment that, in general, can be around 45 million euros. The adviser defended that the new headquarters “is an absolute necessity”, because “Marbella can no longer afford the current dispersion of its judicial bodies in three buildings, which is an anachronism, nor the poor state where two of the three properties are located.”
The counselor appreciates the “extraordinary effort” of the Board and the Sangguniang Panlungsod to “bring order in the midst of a real chaos that for decades” hindered the project and stressed that “without the impulse of this municipal government and the mayor, we would still be in doubt where the city would be of justice.”. He praised that Muñoz was able “in record time for the Ministry of Development to put everything in order” to start the urbanization and access works that allowed the Justice to grant the preliminary project in common.
“The challenge is that we do it in the shortest time possible, that we don’t skip any procedure, but we don’t take a second longer than what the law sets for each one,” said Nieto.
For his part, the mayor thanked the counselor for realizing that “from the first minute he owns” he has been about the need that Marbella has in terms of having a City of Justice and his promotion of the project. He agreed that “Marbella cannot afford to have facilities as they are now, which are inadequate and outdated.”
Because of this, the Sangguniang Panlungsod is looking for a location that meets its needs, such as The Little Towerno, which has 13,000 m2 of urban land with a buildable capacity of more than 26,000 m2. When the Justice decided that this property was suitable for their needs, “we started working on the roads, and we already have a favorable report from the development technicians for planning the development of the road.”
Likewise, for access works, the mayor thanked Development for its cooperation in receiving the necessary reports, such as those from the Environment. Muñoz announced that two roundabouts will be built below the ground level of the existing Ojén highway, and it is estimated that more than 15 million euros will be spent on urbanization and access to jobs.
The protocol signed today highlights the current commitment to the project by specifying the steps that each of the administrations must face between now and the construction of the building.