“We said enough is enough. Homeowners have always been organized, and it is high time that tenants did the same,” says Jaime Palomera, a spokesman for a Barcelona-based initiative called Sindicato de Inquilinos, or Tenants’ Union. “There are 200,000 [renting] families in Barcelona, and if we get organized we can achieve a historic change,” adds Palomera, noting that the Catalan capital is experiencing a rental housing price bubble that is pushing tenants out of their homes.
For the last 134 years, architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece La Sagrada Família has been under construction in Barcelona. But a fresh roadblock may cause construction to take longer still. When completed, La Sagrada Família will be the tallest church in the world, and one of the most magnificent buildings on planet earth. But a construction permit, taxes and 3,000 residents now stand in the church’s way. Barcelona’s City Council accuses the Board of La Sagrada Família of working without a building permit and not filing plans to tear down existing residential structures in order to complete Gaudí’s esplanade. Oh, and they allegedly haven’t paid their taxes as well. The board of the cathedral fired back, citing a building permit granted by the City of Sant Martí de Provençals in 1885 from before the church was part of Barcelona. City mayors in the past have not required new building permits. According to Curbed, it’s likely that the city wants permits now because they are hoping to [Read more...]
While some may fantasize about living in a foreign county, a Mechanicsburg native and his wife took their dreams to the next level by moving to Spain and soon will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters International.” Marty Agerton, a 1996 Mechanicsburg High School graduate, and wife Jen, a 1999 Central Dauphin grad, moved from their home in Austin, Texas, to a rented flat in Barcelona, Spain, with their toddler son Holtyn in October 2016. It was a move they’d considered for a while. “Marty and I love to travel and we were taking two overseas trips per year. After we had our son, (overseas) job recruiters started reaching out randomly to me through LinkedIn and I started going through a series of interviews,” said Jen Agerton, who works in product management for a travel company. Soon, the couple was faced with the choice of relocating either to Edinburgh, Scotland, or Barcelona. Marty Agerton’s ongoing studies of Historical European Martial Arts, or HEMA, made [Read more...]
Qinvest, Qatar's leading private investment group and one of the region’s most prominent Islamic financial institutions, has announced its investment in OneOcean Port Vell, a world-class marina in Barcelona, Spain. The investment was made through its wholly-owned subsidiary BOH, and was made in conjunction with an investment partner, said a statement. Qinvest will work with the city and port authorities in Barcelona to increase the profile of the marina by investing additional resources in the port infrastructure. Tamim Hamad Al Kawari, chief executive officer of Qinvest, said: “Having supported the marina for a number of years, we, alongside our investment partner, are very pleased to be leading the new ownership of One Ocean Port Vell. As one of the most prestigious marinas in the region and situated in one of Europe’s leading cities, we are confident about its prospects for the future.” Craig Cowie, Qinvest’s head of real estate investment and advisory, said: “OneOcean Port [Read more...]
Nobu Hospitality, for one, has signed a management contract with Selenta Group, a Spanish real estate and hotel group, to open a hotel in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. The deal came ahead of Catalonia nationalists call for the region to separate from the rest of Spain. Set to open by the end of 2018, as part of the refurbishment of the Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, the 250-room Nobu Hotel and Restaurant will be part of the Selenta Group collection and will be the Nobu brand's fourth European hotel and third Spanish property, joining Marbella and Ibiza. “We are extremely proud to be partnering with the Spanish company Selenta Group on such an exciting project, and we look forward to working with the Catalan community. In announcing this new hotel, we are continuing our solid world-wide growth with Nobu Hotel Barcelona and establishing our 13th Nobu Hotel within our special collection,” said Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality. Catalonia’s referendum is the latest in a [Read more...]