Oliveira do Hospital converts old elementary school into housing


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All these interventions will take place within the framework of the Local Housing Strategy, 100% financed by the PRR.

Six former elementary school in the municipality of Oliveira do Hospital , one of them large, are to be transformed into affordable housing, revealed the mayor, José Francisco Rolo.

“We’re going to recover and refurbish old elementary school that were abandoned and vacant, giving them a new vocation. They have already fulfilled their educational mission and now we are going to focus on their residential vocation,” he said.

Speaking to the Lusa news agency, the mayor of Oliveira do Hospital said that the basic schools in Fiais da Beira, Vila Franca da Beira, Póvoa de São Cosme, Santo António do Alva, Caldas de São Paulo and São Sebastião da Feira will be refurbished and adapted.

The Casa de Jardineiros building in the center of Oliveira Hospital will also be renovated, as will 11 houses in the Nossa Senhora da Estrela Social District in Seixo da Beira.

All these interventions will take place within the framework of the Local Housing Strategy, 100% financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).

60 municipal buildings renovated

“I think it’s a measure that allows us to dignify these buildings, prevent them from progressively deteriorating, giving them a useful function to meet the housing needs of the population, especially the lower-income segments of the population,” he said.

According to José Francisco Rolo, the old elementary school in Vila Franca da Beira is the largest, allowing it to incorporate several dwellings.

“In other words, several apartments will be created inside the school. It will be a new opportunity for these buildings to continue to be part of the history and heritage, continuing to have people, this time with housing needs,” he explained. He assured Lusa that housing is one of the priorities of this municipality in the district of Coimbra.

“With the local housing strategy, which provides for the recovery of housing for low-income families, intervention will be made in 60 buildings belonging to the municipality, parish councils and social housing estates, for a current investment of approximately 3.7 million euros,” he said.

According to the mayor, an application for the rehabilitation of 18 buildings, which will result in around 25 homes, was recently formalized through a 2.7 million euro application, also financed by the PRR.

Iris Lavan
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