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Newsletter n. 9

Milan’s future follows tracks of disused rail stations

With the redevelopment of its rail station areas, Milan’s largest urban transformation since the beginning of the post-war period takes shape. After approval by the Municipal Council of the guidelines, the next step towards project definition involves first of all receiving the go-ahead for the planning agreement. The town council is working on this, even on the basis of proposals made by the Lombardy regional authorities and the Ferrovie dello Stato, the state rail body, owner and commissioning party for the renewal of 7 disused railway areas (Porta Romana, Porta Genova, San Cristoforo, Lambrate, Rogoredo, Greco-Breda and Farini, 6 of which can be found on the website www.investinitalyrealestate.com) occupying a total area of 1.3 million sq.m in different parts of the city. The Milan municipality headquartered in Palazzo Marino has confirmed that they aim to take action as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, the scenarios to emerge from a three-day workshop are expected to be submitted by March 2017. Between 15 and 17 December 2016, over 2,000 Milanese participated in the workshop entitled “A new city from the rail station areas”. These included about 800 project and design professionals, both architects and engineers. The event has been the tool that both the municipality and the contractor have used to encourage maximum involvement by local citizens and by public and private sector stakeholders alike. The guidelines for 5 development scenarios were outlined at an equivalent number of roundtables and will be presented in March, and the results of works will be exhibited to the public from 4 to 9 April.

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