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Chilean construction chamber dreams of a city through the realization of emblematic urban development projects

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Friday 12 de June del 2020

The Arica delegation is promoting a portfolio including initiatives that would give the city a new face; these are part of the Critical Infrastructure for Development report that was delivered a few months ago to the authorities. This report contains a long-term regional vision of Arica and Parinacota. Within the view they have as a professional association of being a real contribution to the region’s development, the regional delegation of the Chilean Construction Chamber has presented a series of initiatives that are estimated to be key to achieving, promoting and leveraging investment and projects for Arica and Parinacota, where they point out only political will is needed to support their realization. These initiatives are contained in the Critical Infrastructure for Development report, which contains an exhaustive analysis of the region where the requirements and needs of the territory are pointed out. The Critical Infrastructure for Development Report 20182027 (ICD) is a detailed and systematic analysis of the investment requirements in thirteen key sectors for sustainable development, grouped into three strategic focuses: baseline infrastructure (water resources, energy and telecommunications); logistic support infrastructure (interurban roads, urban roads, airports, ports, railways and logistics; and social use infrastructure (public areas, hospitals, prisons and education). It is within this framework that the Arica Regional Delegation has a series of projects, which have been exposed to authorities and the organized community. Among them, the following stand out: 1) .- New Centrality: In this sense, the CChC states that it is necessary to gather all public services in a single place, which will allow to end the dispersion that exists today; being the Maestranza Chinchorro by extension of land and geographical location within the city the place that meets the appropriate conditions. In total there are nine hectares of the former Chinchorro railway station – located in the upper part of the beach of the same name, where office buildings would be built for 4 thousand workers of more than 60 public services that today are distributed in various buildings in Anca. The land in question, would allow to relieve congestion in the city and enhance a place that has excellent connectivity, and even optimize the use of resources by the concept of leases. 2) Fluvial Urban Park: Another important point, in which the Chamber is already working with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (Minvu), is the implementation of the San José River Fluvial Urban Park, which will allow the rehabilitation of an abandoned area that is as a crack that divides the city to transform it into an instance of integration. The project starts from the mouth of the river to the Coraceros sector; which incidentally will mitigate a possible discharge of water. This initiative aims to beautify the four kilometers of river edge existing in the urban radius, improving the quality of life of those who live in the surroundings. It contemplates the installation of green areas, bike paths and pedestrian walks. 3) The Chinchorro Museum in urban radius: One of the main approaches that the Chilean Construction Chamber has had in recent times is the need to build the new Chinchorro Museum in the urban center of the regional capital. They argue that this appears as an indispensable element for the development and tourism impulse of the region. In this sense they say the whole community agrees, but that has not yet materialized. They add that this location would allow to be close to tourists, in an emblematic place and hand in hand with an international tender (with a renowned architect) would deliver a differentiating element that is linked to the proposal of the Chinchorro file as a Unesco World Heritage Site. With an investment that exceeds 26 billion pesos, CChC executives point out that this would mean a great impact for the region, which declares and shows a strong tourist vocation; and that this yearning will allow the Chinchorro culture to be valued and generate development in the hands of heritage. “We must take advantage of these resources to have a development engine that empowers not only Anca, but also a connection with the interior of the region, which not only shows the best of the Chinchorro culture, but also links with the Pacific, as well as this group of fishermen, but also be a great cultural center with itinerant exhibitions, a venue linked to its surroundings, immersed in a tour circuit including San Marcos Cathedral, the former Customs and the Central Market, among others. In short, a lighthouse guiding everyone’s development.” 4) Arica Metro: Another project that they are promoting is the realization of the metro that uses the Arica La Paz Railroad railway line, which will allow us to offer a means of transportation as an alternative to the car, thus lowering the number of vehicles that circulate today through the city and joining points as distant as Poconchile, the residents of Cardenal Raul Silva Henriquez and 21 de Mayo.

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