The City Centre Plan, which works out the development
of the wider Castle area, has been completed after painful meetings held
constantly in which apart from the Mayor of Limassol and the Town Planning
Representatives, experts from scientific and professional groups also
The Development Committee considering the provisions of
the Town Local Plan, the objectives of the Five-year Development Plan of
the Municipality and the suggestions of the foreign experts regarding the
traffic issues raised, stepped forward to planning and implementing the
The water tower reveals historical evidence for the
town of Limassol but also for Cyprus since it is one of the few monuments
of mechanics in Cyprus. It was built by the English contractors Williamson
and Pegelay and the sub-contractor I.Tsiros in the ‘30s under Mr.
Christodoulos Hadjipavlu’s term as Mayor of Limassol and the total cost
amounted to £9.000.
The water tower ensured the water supply of Limassol,
which was by then provided by the Havouza reservoir. Its height and
capacity enabled it to supply the whole town with water until 1947 when
the underground water supply system was set up. From 1947 this water tank
with such a historical value was abandoned to wear down through time
without any maintenance.
The Mayor and the municipal council of Limassol decided
to restore the water tower in an effort to upgrade its historical value.
Technical experts in the matter contributed disinterestedly to achieving
A feasibility study has initially been made to identify
the resistance of the water tower. Once its safety has been ascertained a
call for tenders has been launched.
A deadline, which has fully been respected, was drawn
upon accepting a tender and the water tower has therefore been restored
and illuminated. A political decision has also been taken with regard to
the surrounding area, which has been alienated and is in course of
implementation aiming at ensuring the development of the surrounding area
at a later stage.
The cost of the whole project amounted to almost
£80.000; the Bank of Cyprus offered £60.000 within the framework of its
On the 18th of December 1999 a gala event took place on
the occasion of the water tower being illuminated during which thousands
of our citizens were present, which was fully successful.
The most important development project of the Limassol
Municipality over the last years is considered to be the restoration of
the Heron Square, located in “Kkesogludkia” zone of the town, as it was
known in the past. The Heron Square was initially designed in 1910 while
the construction works for the “Heroes’ Monument”, which decorates its
centre, and the four kiosks of the square were terminated in 1947 by the
architect Char.Dikeos, under the term of the Municipal Council of the
Mayor Ploutis Servas. The cost of the project amounted to £4.000, which
was mainly collected by various loans granted.
The Heroes’ Monument has since then been the jewel of
Limassol. Apart from the monument, some entertainment places have been
constructed in the area to offer relaxing and cultural climate (the Rialto
Theatre is located in the zone). Besides, the square is illuminated by
notable Venetian street lamps, which are rare to be found in Cyprus.
As it is known the Heron Square and its environs have
over the last years been downgraded for a number of reasons. This is why
development and restoration works, which lasted four months and terminated
in April 1999, have been the result of the decision taken by the Municipal
Council on the basis of the Five-year Development Plan of the
The projects accomplished are epigrammatically the following:
Change of the flagstone paving,
Cleaning of the monument using the water jetting method
and maintenance of the stone structure of the Heroes’ Column
Planting traditional trees in the area (e.g. mastic
tree and levanter) in co-operation with the Forest Department and the
Borehole drilling to facilitate the irrigation of the
Reconstruction of the underground toilets store room
beneath the monument. Besides, the area is likely to be used for cultural
events after it has been adequately configured.
Link with the drainage system
Furnishing with chairs, parasols and small tables the
surrounding area in compliance with the standards set up by the
Municipality for uniformity and homogeneity purposes in co-operation with
the owners of the small properties around.
Maintenance and upgrading of the kiosks
Transfromation of the adjacent Vasileiou Makedonos and
Elenis Palaiologinas streets into pedestrian roads from Andrea Drousioti
to Pavlou Mela streets.
Working out of plans in co-operation with the Town
Planning Department and subsidized by the State to create a small square
and a green zone in the neighbouring area.
Amplification of the street lighting of the area
The Limassol Municipality
Franklin Roosevelt commercial centre
The commercial centre of the Limassol Municipality at
the crossroads of the Franklin Roosevelt and the Republic Avenue is one of
the biggest projects of the Municipality. This building complex is located
in an advantageous zone in close proximity at the Limassol port, which is
the biggest one in Cyprus, and has an easy access to the city centre. The
complex has been designed with a view to shelter private companies and
governmental organizations and generates a new commercial activity core.
The works for the implementation of this project started in September 1996
and are going through their final stage the expected delivery date to the
Municipality is likely to be April 2000.
It is a complex, which has five independent luxurious buildings with shops
(most of them being from side to side and provisions have been made to
create a space between two of them or more to form a united room), offices
(with unlimited possibilities for high technology applications and changes
to be brought about with respect of the internal partition), a restaurant,
a couple of projection / cinema rooms, an underground parking place and
other auxiliary rooms. Besides, a square (with an open exhibition and
other events room), an artistic scenery layout, and gallery systems above
which there are shops and the restaurant itself are situated in the
outside public zone.
The strict construction and technology quality and safety standards have
been the main term / asset of the complex design. Particular attention has
been drawn on applying methods for energy saving and creating comfortable,
useful and operational places.
This building complex is one of the biggest of its kind belonging to the
municipal authorities it is administered by the Limassol Municipality,
which has exclusively borne its construction cost.
A strong interest is proved to shelter the offices of the Limassol Amathus
Sewage Council, departments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security
(Social Care), the Land and Survey Office, the Town Planning Department
and the Water Development Department.
The Municipal Market
The Limassol Municipal Market is one of the most
traditional and crowded areas of the old town. However, it suffers
significant wear because of time and the old constructions have been
inadequate for use and can even be deemd unhealthy. The Municipal Council
has taken the initiative to make a decision according to which the area
concerned and the Market buildings should be restored and upgraded.
After designing a project and considering the proved interest in restoring
and upgrading the area and also assessing the declarations of interest, an
offer has been awarded with a view to making a relevant study. The whole
project will be implemented in two construction stages.
Restoration of the central rooms, which will still be the grocery. The
project comprises works of strengthening the present construction,
readapting the configuration of the rooms, conserving the outside area and
installing new electrical and mechanical facilities.
Creation of room for cultural events, a stage for musical shows, a café, a
cook shop and offices for providing cultural information.
Those involved in the project study have already been asked to reshape the
southeastern part of the old market with a view to hosting the Youth
House. This place will be used as a cafeteria, a lecture room and a
The construction works will start by the end of 2000.
Second Municipal Market (small
The Second Municipal Market is an area in the old town,
which has over the last years remained undeveloped. The Municipal Council
has decided to have it restored and with the co-operation of the Cyprus
Association of Architects and Civil Engineers on a volunteer basis, it
will be operational as a second grocery with a view to promoting
traditional products and trades.
The development works have started on the 18th of September 1999 in a
festive atmosphere following the completion of the design and the raising
of funds, with cleaning and smartening up the area. The project, which
conists of repairing both the internal space and the outside area of the
Market building in co-operation with the Town Planning Department, will
expectedly finish by September 2000.
Other development works
1) MUNICIPAL ESTATE PROPERTY – CONSERVATION PROJECTS
The Limassol Municipality has over the last three years conserved the
1) The library
2) The Ayios Ioannis day nursery
3) The Ayios Nicolaos day nursery
4) The Antonis & Ino Haggipavlu nursery
5) The Popular Art Museum
6) The Conservatoire
7) All the Municipal Toilets
8) A tumbledown building in AndreaThemistokleous street
9) The Town Hall
2) CONNECTION WITH THE SEWAGE SYSTEM
The following municipal estate property and land have been connected to
the Limassol Amathus Sewage Council network:
1) The zoo
2) The municipal garden
3) The A municipal market
4) The Conservatoire
5) The library
6) The Popular Art Museum
7) The municipal art gallery
8) The Town Hall
9) The Finance Department Offices
10) All the municipal toilets
3) CONSTRUCTION OF A RAINWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM
The Limassol Municipality has constructed a rainwater drainage system
measuring totally 860 metres long. They cover the streets: Iniochou,
Ianou, Menexedon, Kerkyras, Fanariou, Ayiou Andronikou (B Technical
School), Markoni and Filiou Zannetou.
4) MUNICIPAL SQUARES AND PARKS
The implementation of the plans on embellishment and development of the
Limassol squares and parks in accordance with the Limassol Municipality
Five-year Development Plan is a fact. All the Municipality’s squares and
parks have initially been listed; they are definitely more than 300 and
individual specialists in embellishing a great number of them have already
been invited to tender for them. We are actually going through the
evaluation stage of the tenders.
Besides, the following squares are fenced: Kassandrou street, Lochagou
Kapota street, Dimitri Psatha street, Inachou street, Antiochou street,
Sofias Vempo street.
Various organizations, clubs and private individuals have adopted parks,
after the Mayor and the Municipal Council have exhorted them to do so.
5) CONSERVATION OF MUNICIPAL COURTS
55 houses which are located in the Agiou Nikolaou area, Pafou street and
Gkaite street have been conserved over the last three years. The
Municipality aims at finding the financial sources to proceed to their
full reconstruction and an eventual extension of the implementation of
this institution on a new basis.
6) NEW CONSTRUCTIONS AND CONSERVATION PROCESS
The Limassol Municipality has furthered the construction or the
transformation of the following erections and buildings.
1. Changes in the offices of the Finance Department
2. Construction of toilets facilities in the parking place at the earth
3. Construction of toilets facilities in the parking place of the Urban
4. Jacking the sculptures on the earth fill
5. 2,33 klm pavement going through the conservation process
6. Installation of 177 parking meters, 146 out of which are double and 13
parking ticket-issuing machines have been placed.
7. Construction of hangars for refuse car in the wholesale market
8. Construction of furniture manufacture workshop
9. Removal of the garage and the sign workshop from the centre to the
wholesale market place
7) OLD NEIGHBOURHOOD / CITY CENTRE
The Limassol Municipality adopts and applies conservation and not collapse
policies. It has actually proved with the completion of the works within
the framework of the zone project regarding the restoration of buildings,
squares and monuments, which have already been completed as e.g. the
market, the building sheltering the theatre museum, the small grocery, the
Water Tower, the 4 traffic lights bridge etc.
We believe that our historical commercial centre being
the unique Limassol sense of identity (a crossroads of all those
multi-cultural groups, which have passed by Cyprus), which is expressed by
the unusual buildings of architectural heritage, is the inestimable wealth
of our town, which is expected to turn to advantage according to our goal.
It is not by accident that the Limassol Municipality
has proposed to the Ministry of the Interior and the Town Planning Council
to include the Castle Area in the town-planning project, which is the
debate topic before the relevant committees of the Municipality.
Almost the whole package of the new incentives about the listed buildings
has been approved following the pressure exerted by the Municipality.
Some listed buildings’ owners have at the same time
been encouraged to have their properties restored and now it is therefore
observed a keener interest towards this direction.
The recording process of all these listed buildings and
the Turkish Cypriots’ properties in this zone has already started.
Furthermore, steps have been taken by the competent vehicles to assign the
Municipality some important buildings among those in the zone at stake
with view to turn them to advantage.
Yet, the efforts to transform the western part of the
Agiou Andreou street and the Castle Area into a pedestrian zone still
persist since they have been anticipated by some infrastructure projects
regarding the parking and the traffic regulation. Other streets like
Saripolou, Anexartisias etc are thought to be upgraded broad and
well-done pavements and some reference and relax spots for the pedestrians
should be built.
8) OLYMPIANS’ BEACH, SEASIDE STREET, COASTAL FRONT
The preliminary ideas regarding the development plans about the
Olympians’ Beach Area have been set down by the Town Planning Bureau
during a meeting with the Ministry of the Interior. The creation of a
seaside and a pedestrian road starting from the Olympians’ Beach Area and
ending to the Holiday Inn Hotel is planned to be completed by October 2000
and a 1,5 million loan has been applied for, to finance the project.
Identifying parking places and restricting the geometric characteristics
of the Seaside Street has also been asked for with the intention of
avoiding our single beach being affected.
9) THE BRIDGE OF THE 4 TRAFFIC LIGHTS
The Limassol Municipality has also included the 4 traffic lights in
its project about the historical Bridge. Its construction dates back to
1901 and is considered a unique bridge in the whole island if the
technology and the construction means used then are considered. The
“Crhysis Demetriades & Co” solicitors’ office has covered the conservation
and painting expenses of the bridge within the framework of the cleaning
campaign on the occasion of its 50-year anniversary following a public
invitation addressed by the Limassol Municipality.
10) PUBLIC GARDEN
The Limassol Public Garden is the biggest and most significant park in
our town. The unique zoo in Cyprus is located in it, which has become an
attraction for the visitors. The Municipal Council has taken the
initiative to conduct a study regarding the zoo development and
reformation; it is completed and some projects towards this direction have
already been implemented like enriching it with more animals, improving
the cages’ state and upgrading the surrounding space. In the public garden
new benches have been placed and new games have been introduced thanks to
the kind offer by the HSH Company.
The Kiosk has been upgraded and a permanent electrical power unit has been
installed to cope with the needs of the Wine Festival.
The upgrading of the Municipal Theatre, one of the most beautiful open
theatres in Cyprus, is already ahead.
11) THE ANCIENT PORT QUAY
Another important development project of the Limassol Municipality,
which has been completed, is the big historical quay by the Ancient Port.
The Municipality has also decided to improve and reform the land space and
ensure the connection of the quay with the pavement of the embankment.
Besides, many lights have been placed along it using the old metallic
Many changes have also occurred along the embankment within the
framework of a campaign of embellishing the surrounding area and making a
rule the comfort and the pleasant use of it by the Limassolians. Sculpture
and other art works as well as illuminated fountains have been placed
there. Besides, public toilets have been built. Yet, a further upgrading
of the area is planned with placing seats and installing additional
13) TURKISH CYPRIOT NEIGHBOURHOOD
Over the last three years funds amounting to CYP200.000 have been
granted to embellish the Turkish Cypriot Neighbourhood in the city centre.
In the context of upgrading the major area the tree planting process has
already started and the road network has been undergoing an improvement;
the rainwater drainage system is maintained.