Lycabettus Hill To Undergo Major Makeover
- by XpatAthens
- Monday, 07 June 2021
Lycabettus Hill, an iconic landmark in Athens, is to undergo a major overhaul designed to make it safer and more attractive to visitors and local residents.
The hill's 407 acres belong to the Municipality of Athens, while the other 35 belong to the Public Properties Company S.A. (ETAD), which, until recently, didn't allow the Municipality to proceed with the enhancement works first announced in 2019.
Through common sense and a mutual spirit of cooperation, the Municipality of Athens and the Public Properties Company S.A. (ETAD) were able to come to an agreement, setting into motion a series of works that will upgrade the hill and its facilities. The project's main goal is the reconstruction and reopening of the landmark Lycabettus Theater, which remains closed for almost 20 years.
The CEO of the Public Properties Company, Mr. Stefanos D. Vlastos, recently signed an agreement with the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Kostas Bakogiannis, to hand over jurisdiction of the 35-acres area of the hill to the Municipality of Athens, so that the upgrade can be completed.
Mr. Kostas Bakogiannis stated: "Our cooperation with ETAD untangled a "knot" that has kept us bound to bureaucracy and opens a new chapter for the historic Lecabettus Theater and the surrounding area. It turns out that we can find solutions when we all look for them together and set common goals. Lycabettus Hill is part of an ongoing drive for the overhaul of the Greek capital and its transformation into a modern and sustainable city that respects its residents and invests in free public spaces, improving the daily life of citizens and visitors."