PAPHOS municipality announced that the tender process to overhaul Kennedy Square and the main shopping area in the heart of the town was underway.
The project is described as one of the most important for Paphos, and its completion is aimed at changing the overall image of the city as well as contributing to kick-starting the local economy.
In June, President Nicos Anastasiades announced €60m worth of projects for Paphos during a ‘tour’ of all of the districts in Cyprus to dish out development money. There are 19 projects in total earmarked for Paphos that include the regeneration of the traditional shopping centre and Kennedy Square at a cost of €6 million in total, regeneration of the old town shopping area costing €6m, the restoration of the municipal market for €2.5m and the upgrading and enhancement of Markideion Theatre for €3.6m.
A statement said that following the tender process and the awarding of the project, construction work will be executed within tight schedules, to be completed before January 2017, the year in which the Paphos will take on the mantle of European capital of culture.
The municipality said other planned Paphos projects would get underway soon.
These projects include; connecting and enhancing the squares of October 28, Kosti Palama and Dionysios Solomos, the expansion of Paphos police station, an additional floor for court, a project to connect archaeological sites, the improvement of the museum, and the construction of breakwaters at a notoriously deadly stretch of coastline close to the Venus Beach.
Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos has assured that the tender processes would be carried out with full transparency.