The Mataró City Council will provide 75 parking spaces at the old Menéndez y Pelayo school, in the Rocafonda neighborhood. Minimal paving will be carried out to allow the infiltration of rainwater and the germination of herbaceous plants in spaces that are not transit areas.
The site is located between the Alfonso X el Sabio ring road and the streets of Rocafonda and Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. The upper part was occupied by the old Menéndez y Pelayo school, a building that was demolished in 2022. The land is classified urban planning as community facilities.
The works consist of the minimum adaptation of the site to give it provisional use as a parking lot. The adaptation will take into account sustainability criteria, so a large part of the pavements used will be modular and recoverable; renaturalization of public spaces and conservation of water resources, allowing the growth of vegetation in spaces that are not transit areas and facilitating the infiltration of rainwater; and gender and security policies, improving lighting and reducing the height of the walls. The work begins with the clearing of the land and the demolition of the elements of the old construction that remain on the site.
In the upper part of the site, 48 parking spaces will be provided and in the lower part another 27 spaces, making a total of 75. The passage areas and curved parking spaces will be paved with asphalt agglomerate. In the parking spaces in the straight sections, pieces of draining pavement measuring 40x40x12 cm will be placed, distributed in modules. The separation between the squares will be made with strips of concrete pavers. The residual spaces will be paved with granite paving recovered by the City Council.
A lighting column with three projectors will be installed on the upper lot to guarantee correct lighting of the space. The project also includes vertical and horizontal signage for the parking lot and the installation of two drainage wells to convey rainwater to the sewer.
The work began yesterday and is expected to last 3 months. The works are awarded to the company Agustí y Masoliver SA for an amount of €156,300 (VAT included) and are expected to last three months.
The history of the site is not without controversy since the building of the old Menéndez y Pelayo school, which due to its poor state of conservation could not accommodate educational uses and was vacated in 2011, later housed other local entities. In May 2022, the Sindicat de l'Habitatge occupied the building and claimed it as a social center, to which the City Council did not agree and proceeded to demolish it three months later.