The mayoralty of Panama has announced that it will not confirm the increase approved for permits for projects whose values exceed $1 million, until there is dialogue with the construction sector.
Regarding the controversy over the recent decision to increase municipal taxes for building permits, and about which the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) has said it had no prior knowledge, and that this measure is being taken "at the wrong time" the mayor said that the city council took the decision to give the green light to the measure, although his administration had suggested presenting the proposal to bring the issue to the Committee to discuss it.
Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos, Constructora Meco, consorcio MCM Global, Conalvías Construcciones and Asociación Accidental C&C Construye submitted bids in the range of $23 million to improve Via Argentina.
In the tender process to improve the urban public space on Via Argentina, the reference price was $24 million, and five companies submitted bids of around $23 million, with differences of just one or two cents.
A change in the zoning code authorizes the construction of more commercial and multifamily buildings in Obarrio, in the town of Bella Vista.
The resolution by the Ministry of Housing and Land Management issued in March changes the zoning code for 42 plots of land located in Obarrio, from low and medium density to residential "high density" and "urban commercial mixed high density".
The mayoral office of Panama has announced that the contract awarded to Odebrecht to improve the Via España has been endorsed by the Comptroller.
The information was confirmed by Mayor Jose Isabel Blandon, while the Secretary General of the Municipality of Panama, Guillermo Bermudez,"... said that the order to proceed may be delivered next week."
The mayoral office has finally awarded the Brazilian company a $89 million contract to improve the Via España.
In the midst of a controversial process because of appeals by two of the participants, the tender to carry out urban intervention works on the Via España has been finalised with the award going to the company Norberto Odebrecht, which submitted a proposal for $89,858,600.
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