Revitalization and integration of neglected public land in Santa Fe – Resilient Cities in the World!
Revitalization and integration of neglected public land surrounding Estación Belgrano
In 2008, after 20 years of neglect, the city of Santa Fe began the renovation of the iconic Belgrano Railway Station through private and public investment. The station has slowly transformed into an important fair, exhibition, and convention centre. The city has taken the national government’s recent decision to recover derelict public land as an opportunity to catalyze even greater resilience value from the station’s rehabilitation.
In a revitalization project, the city will develop the area surrounding the station (22ha) and integrate it into the city’s urban grid by developing housing, green space, bicycle lanes and new businesses. The project’s objectives include increasing formal employment opportunities for the city’s younger workforce, and the promotion of local economic sectors that can spur further development, not least in the tourism and construction industries.
The city is seeking funding sources for improvement projects and for enlarging the Convention Center’s area
and aims to complete a Master Plan by 2019.