Car­ni­val Ex­pe­ri­ence re­places Gov­ern­ment Garage in Marsa

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Plan­ning Au­thor­ity yes­ter­day ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion for the con­struc­tion of the Car­ni­val Ex­pe­ri­ence in Marsa, that will gather all those works re­lated to car­ni­val, in­clud­ing the build­ing of floats un­der one roof.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was for the ex­ca­va­tion and con­struc­tion of the Malta Car­ni­val Ex­pe­ri­ence, which will in­clude in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, a park­ing area, a pi­azza, sub­sta­tion and a mul­ti­pur­pose struc­ture.

The multi-pur­pose struc­ture will in­clude a mu­seum, au­dio­vi­sual cen­tre, a dance re­hearsal stu­dio, a cafe­te­ria, a sou­venir shop and ad­min­is­tra­tion spa­ces.

All in all, there will be around 18 large ware­houses and eight smaller ones, where floats could be built, cos­tumes stored and de­signed, etc.

The site will re­place the Marsa Gov­ern­ment Garage, and some build­ings on the site which are hav­ing as­bestos re­moved. The site area to­tals 18,500 sqm, and is ac­cessed through Triq Troubridge, Marsa. It is cur­rently used by the Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Ser­vices Di­rec­torate of the Trans­port Min­istry. The site is lo­cated within the Al­bert Town In­dus­trial Zone.

Con­struc­tion will oc­cur within three phases. The whole project is ex­pected to con­clude by June 2019.

The park­ing spa­ces on site in use by the Fish­eries De­part­ment will be kept re­served for that de­part­ment through the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion phases.

An is­sue re­gard­ing pos­si­ble ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains came up dur­ing the meet­ing, how­ever the ap­pli­cant ex­plained that an agree­ment was made with the Su­per­in­ten­dence of Cul­tural Her­itage that in­ves­ti­ga­tions on site will take place prior and any such items will be ex­ca­vated.

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