The council signed the deeds for the 2,730 square meter plot, although the owners, who believe it is worth £7.5million, are expected to appeal
The town hall of Rincón de la Victoria has spent nearly 1.5 million euros to buy a plot of 2,730 square meters, located by the sea in La Cala del Moral, following an expropriation procedure initiated by the owner . The land in question was once the site of the legendary Baluma nightclub, which closed in 1995.
An adjoining piece of land used as a car park, known as Llano de Baluma, was bought by the town hall three decades ago, in a procedure that was only finalized five years ago.
The purchase was made last Friday (May 20) from the company Baluma Beach, whose directors are Carlos Cazorla and José Luis Repullo. According to the council, once it takes possession of the land, it will proceed with the opening of a “recreational area with facilities for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of La Cala del Moral”.
The plot is next to the promenade near the beach of Calaflores. In the General Urban Development Plan (PGOU), these lands are classified for recreational use and to be acquired by way of expropriation. Repullo told SUR that in the mid-1990s he sold the land to the Rumasa company, owned by the late businessman José María Ruiz Mateos, who signed an agreement with the town hall to develop a hotel there, requalifying the land.
However, the project was thwarted by the 2008 financial crisis and the company went bankrupt. However, Repullo managed to buy the land back through bankruptcy proceedings. Since then, he has been trying unsuccessfully to requalify the land for the hotel project. Not having won his case, he asked the town hall in December 2019 for a request for expropriation, in accordance with the PGOU.
Last November, the Junta de Andalucía valued the land at 1,362,000 euros, to which will be added 100,000 euros in interest. Repullo maintains that the town hall accepted this assessment, which is why they proceeded to sign the act of occupation. However, he says he and his partner were told the land was worth €7.5million and therefore appealed to claim payment of the difference in court.
The deeds of ownership were signed last Friday /