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The City Council will remodel its basement and ground floor to provide better service to the neighbors (13/02/2020)

The City of Alhama de Murcia has put out to tender the remodeling works of the basement and ground floor of the Town Hall.

The work that will be carried out in the basement will consist of the provision of a sufficient and appropriate space that will house the entire technical office of the City Council.

This involves the creation of five new offices, a technical office room, a meeting room, a binding room, a room for office supplies, a new toilet adapted for people with reduced mobility and a cleaning room.

The proposed distribution proposal tries to take advantage of the natural lighting of the high windows that are available in this area of ‚Äč‚Äčthe building, from which most offices and the technical office room will benefit.

The reform to which the basement of the City Council is subjected will be the first of its kind in 34 years, and will involve the demolition of the partition wall, of which only part of the existing one will be maintained.

Likewise, the reform implies the adaptation of the electricity and lighting, air conditioning and ventilation installations.

On the other hand, two reforms will be carried out on the ground floor.

The first one affects the toilet, which has two sinks and two toilets that do not meet the accessibility requirements established by the regulations, so the reform will consist of remodeling the toilet adapting its distribution so that it is accessible to people with mobility reduced

Secondly, one of the office doors in the lower area of ‚Äč‚Äčthe building will be removed.

The tender price for improvement works is 85,023.26 euros.

So far in the current municipal Consistory no significant improvement of the facilities has been carried out, except for the change of the old luminaires by LED system, undertaken to achieve greater energy savings.

Casa de los Artero - Building of the City Council of Alhama de Murcia

From 1923 to 1986, the headquarters of the Municipal Government was located where the Plaza Vieja Cultural Center is currently located.

In 1995 the old house of the Artero was restored and expanded, inaugurated as a new Town Hall on May 4, 1986. It is a two-storey house, with structured facades with rectangular openings, wider in its central section, with a staircase of access.

It has a degree of protection 2.

The building belonged to the Artero family, as well as the garden that today occupies the Constitution Square and the buildings that close it.

The last name Artero comes from Mula.

The Artero, with properties in Alhama descend from Emiliano Antonio Artero Ortega, that's why here the Artero family is known as 'of the Emilians'.

It is the classic manor house in the Alhama orchard of the early twentieth century, whose main building was in the center and the garden around it.

The construction stands out for its simplicity and harmony.

Its facade, painted with almagra, shows the shield of Alhama de Murcia, carved in stone by the artisan sculptors brothers Francisco and Juan Provencio.

We can consider these examples of houses as the first attempts to provide the town with a monumental route, on the Camino Real towards Mula, where the social dignity of it is evident, along which the manor houses will be built some of which have survived until today thanks to the proper management of historical heritage.

The house of the Artero was restored and modified to house the dependencies of the City Council, conserving the exterior and some elements of the interior of the main body, although the interior is remodeled to create spaces according to the new use.

The back corresponding to the courtyards and stables is built on a new floor with a current style in contrast to the old work, achieving a functional building where urbanism in the early and late twentieth century coexist in harmony.

The old garden occupied the whole block.

On the corner of Rambla Don Diego with Los Postigos Street there was a raft that drew hot water from a well that was next to the house, as well as a public washing machine and a small bakery.

From that time, the tall palm trees in front of the Town Hall remain as tireless observers.

Bibliography: sierraespuna.com and Alhama de Murcia City Council.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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