Old buildings of Athens are transformed and “take” life!

Light and color acquired old buildings in the center and neighborhoods of Athens facades of old buildings worn and covered by the gray color of pollution

The first impressive results of the “Facade” program, which has been “running” since June, can now be admired by the city’s residents and visitors in 223 apartment buildings, 67 single-family houses and 78 listed buildings.

«When we all work together, we can change our city more easily. Because the starting point for any change in Athens starts with us. This multi-level intervention, which aims to upgrade the aesthetic of the city and highlight its building wealth, was embraced by the Athenians. And this, because the need was recognized to give a second chance to the “aging” buildings of the capital, to acquire color, to once again become a “living” part of our everyday life“, said the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis

The program is implemented by the Municipality of Athens, Anaplasi Athens S.A. and the Technical Chamber of Greece, until now five months after the program started, 100% of the initial budget of the action (1.7 million euros) has been absorbed, since they have more than 400 applications were submitted, resulting in an increase of 1 million euros, to benefit more citizens of Athens.

The procedures for inclusion in the “Prosopsi” program are done electronically, for faster service to the beneficiaries. Membership applications are approved within one month, while the subsidy is paid immediately after the submission of the final supporting documents.

The program includes all private buildings in the Municipality of Athens and concerns single-family houses, duplexes, multi-family houses and listed buildings. The maximum subsidy amount is 6,000 euros per building, while for listed buildings the subsidy can reach up to 7,200 euros per building

91% of those interested, i.e. 368 property owners, have been approved to proceed with maintenance and upgrade the aesthetics of their buildings’ facades.

The submission of applications and the related procedures are carried out by a private engineer, who is selected by the citizen with absolute transparency and control, through the electronic services of the TEE

The engineer chosen by the beneficiary will monitor the implementation of the interventions, will take care of obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, will check the works performed so that the subsidy is paid.

Building owners who want to join the program will be responsible for removing individual antennas, as well as illegal advertising and business signs.

Those interested can look for more information about the “Prosopsi” Program on the Program’s website www.prosopsi.gr. They can also call the Program’s HelpDesk for information about the program and the application process (2144062540).

Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.

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