Work is now underway at the two main car parks in the centre of Paphos old town to create a more modern and convenient space for drivers, according to Paphos municipality.
The total cost of the project is €1.3 million and work is expected to be completed within 36 weeks.
“The area, road, and its facades along with the two existing car parks, will be redeveloped and the facilities will have a capacity of 100 spaces,” the municipality said.
As a symbolic gesture to signify the start of the work, the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, took the seat behind an excavator and demolished a concrete kiosk that existed in the old parking lot.
The mayor said that the project was very important as it would unite the shopping centre with Mouttalos, and so contribute to the increase of commercial traffic in the area.
“In the context of the redevelopment, all illegality will be removed and the facades of the old and abandoned buildings of the area will be fully renovated,” he said.
Since 1880, Feloroglu Street in central Paphos has been the commercial centre of the town where the bazaar was held mainly on Saturdays, said the spokesman.
In the early years of the Republic of Cyprus, the road lost its glory and its commercial value, since it is adjacent to the Turkish Cypriot area of Mouttalos, he said.
The quarter’s turbulent past saw most of its original Turkish Cypriot inhabitants move north after the Turkish invasion and their homes were given to Greek Cypriot refugees who were forced south.
With its legacy of displaced populations, the former Turkish Cypriot quarter of Mouttalos was given a special role in the cultural programme of Pafos2017.
Found close to the market in Paphos old town, Mouttalos was until recently neglected, its infrastructure left largely untouched for decades.
However, recently the central square was renovated, the narrow roads upgraded and a botanical garden created. And now. Further work on the outskirts will see the area further improved.
“After decades of inactivity and abandonment, the municipality of Paphos is currently proceeding with the redevelopment and landscaping of the road and area as part of its development programme,” the mayor said.