Amorim plans mega investment in Amadora

A MAJOR new commercial centre, representing an investment of 200 million euros, is being planned close to Nó de Santo Eloy, north of Amadora. Expected to open in 2007, Dolce Vita Tejo, as it will be known, will be the biggest of its kind in Portugal and is being considered as the flagship project for Amorim Imobiliária, the property arm of the prominent Amorim Group.

Dolce Vita Tejo will occupy an area of nearly 140,000sqm and promises to reinvigorate the borough’s commercial activity while offering new jobs. Of the total area, 104,000sqm will be taken up with shops, of which 23,000sqm will be occupied by a Jumbo supermarket and DIY superstore from Leroy Merlin.

“Many new roads must be built to offer easy access to the centre. The new routes will also benefit the overall traffic flow as they will take many cars away from the city centre,” said Gabriel Oliveira, a member of Amadora Câmara responsible for public works. He also outlined details of the new viaduct: “It will be between 35 and 40 metres in height, making a link with Nó de Santo Eloy, allowing direct access to Amadora via the IC16, to CRIL and CREL, serving as an alternative route to the IC19.” The new infrastructures are estimated to cost around 30 million euros, an amount that falls under the responsibility of the developer.

The new shopping centre, which is likely to attract shoppers from all over Portugal, is to boast a car park offering 7,000 spaces. To give some idea of the size of the new complex, the Colombo Centre in Lisbon has a total of 6,800 parking spaces.