Thessaloniki Prepares for New Era with 30 Landmark Projects
Thessaloniki is getting ready to enter the new era with at least 30 key projects, including the metro and a new airport terminal, announced Deputy Minister of Interior Responsible for Macedonia – Thrace Stavros Kalafatis.
In a press conference this week, Kalafatis said the projects focusing on infrastructure, health and welfare, entrepreneurship and innovation, landscaping and park area, sports and culture, are scheduled to be completed by 2030.
“A number of the projects have been completed, some are being implemented and others designed. The total cost exceeds 9.35 billion euros of these 1.36 billion euros concern private projects and 8.18 billion euros public projects,” said Kalafatis.
FlyOver and metro system among most anticipated projects
Besides the highly anticipated Thessaloniki metro and FlyOver (elevated expressway) to ease traffic, other important works include the creation of the Pavlos Melas metropolitan park and of a new technology park, linking the rail station with the port, a new terminal at Thessaloniki’s Makedonia airport, the renovation of the city’s expo center, a new children’s hospital, the completion of the Holocaust Museum, and the redevelopment of central Aristotelous Square and of the beach area.
Kalafatis went on to add that the “Thessaloniki 2030” drive aims to establish the northern port city into a key player in the wider region, to make it a city worth living in, working in, and visiting; to highlight its competitive advantages and create opportunities in all sectors; to equally develop western Thessaloniki with projects and interventions that “the region deserves and the residents are entitled to”.
All of Thessaloniki’s projects can be seen in detail in the Ministry of Interior’s presentation (in Greek).