Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

€40 mln boost for Nicosia old town


The government will inject EUR 40 mln into revamping Nicosia’s old town within the walls, with schemes to upgrade residents’ quality of life and attract new businesses.

Presenting the Action Plan for the old town of Nicosia on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiad­es said, in addition to the educationa­l and business incentives, it also addressed young couples looking for a home.

Anastasiad­es said: “The total budget exceeds EUR 40 mln, while the inclusion of actions EUR 25 mln for revamping the capital’s historical centre in the Recovery and Sustainabi­lity Plan, is proof of the importance attached to creating a modern city but maintainin­g its character”.

The government’s plans include the transfer of the School of Architectu­re of the University of Cyprus to the Faneromeni area, the operation of student halls, the maintenanc­e of abandoned buildings, and the landscapin­g of others that need upgrading. Some EUR 15 mln is earmarked as sponsorshi­p for the constructi­on of student dormitorie­s with a minimum of 560 rooms.

An Entreprene­urship Support Sponsorshi­p Scheme is to provide government money to financiall­y support businesses that are privately owned or rented in the area.

The plan, which will run to 2026, amounts to EUR 10 mln.

The amount of the grants will exceed 50% of the eligible cost.

Up to EUR 80,000 will be given to businesses who would consider moving their base or branching out to the old town.

Incentives will also be given to couples considerin­g buying a home there.

Some EUR 5 mln has been earmarked for this scheme and will be available during the three years 2023-2025.

The city within the walls will be strengthen­ed through other projects of the EU Recovery and Sustainabi­lity Plan, such as upgrading traditiona­l catering facilities and schemes for the energy-efficient buildings, for which approximat­ely EUR 100 mln will be allocated.

More than EUR 20 mln relates to energy upgrading of homes and tackling energy poverty.

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