Development and Investment Minister, Adonis Georgiadis, said on Monday that six skyscrapers will be build at Hellinikon, where a long-delayed gigantic development project is slated to begin.
In an interview with SKAI television, Georgiadis added that the plans for the development of the 6,200,000 square-meter (2.39 square-mile) site, once occupied by Athens’ former international airport, were approved by the previous leftist government.
The minister said that by the end of the year the Greek State would have received the 300 million euro deposit for the start of the €8 billion project and estimated that first works will begin in early 2020.
The newly-elected conservative government pledged it would ensure the Hellinikon project will enter the implementation phase. It aims to develop Athens’ former airport complex into a multi-purpose hub complete with a metropolitan park, shops, offices, sports and conference facilities, luxury hotels, theme parks, museums, malls, cultural venues, health centers, educational and research facilities and a marina.
Georgiadis also confirmed that the opening of the bidding process for the lone casino license will take place on October 4.
There are reportedly only three operators vying for the lone casino Hellinikon license: Hard Rock International, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Genting.
The casino will occupy approximately 15,000 square meters (161,458 square feet) of the Hellinikon Project.