VENICE – Once upon a time, here we hosted girls of marriageable age, but too poor to have a dowry, to prevent them from ending up in prostitution. Today part of the complex of the Zitelle, on the Giudecca island, has become a prestigious hotel with a view of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Salute. Each window, for those who look into it, is a painting by Canaletto e it is owned by the IPAV, a large institute that mainly deals with assistance to the elderly. The management ofPalladio hotel (this is its denomination) instead belongs to the Bauer Spa, which also owns the hotel of the same name a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco. Two years ago Ipav ah until lease until 2079, stipulating two contracts for 30 years with two differentiated companies, but belonging to the same capital. Following the question of Paolo Ticozzi, city councilor of the Democratic Party in Venice, too the Anti-Corruption Authority (Anac) has decided to put the practice under observation. Within 20 days, therefore, at the latest for the first days of 2022, Ipav through its president Luigi Polesel will be able to present a relation that you justify direct assignment without tender of the property and above all the signing of two contracts, one two days after the other, to two different companies but attributable to the same ownership, the Lov Group of the Frenchman Stephan Courbit.
Hotel in Venice, the Palladio case on the Giudecca
It all started with a question filed earlier this month in which Councilor Ticozzi, who learned of the affair, asked a mayor and councilors to respond in detail on a matter in which he saw unclear. At the same time, he sent a Pec to the Anac to let them know what happened. In a few days the Anac opened a file and requested the first memory from the IPAV through its president. “This appears in fact – concluded Ticozzi – as a mechanism to circumvent the rule that imposes the maximum limit for leases at 30 years”. On behalf of Ipav, the lawyer Paolo Pettinelli reconstructs the story. «In 2019, the company Bauer Spa announced its intention to proceed with the restructuring of the entire property complex, assuming significant costs (over 25 million). In view of the transformation project presented to the Entity, it was possible to reach an agreement that provided for the duration of a new contract with a duration of 30 years pursuant to Law 392/78 with effect from 6 August 2019 and an annual fee of 1,050,000 euros. compared to a fee based on the old contract of 950 thousand euros; the payment of one million euros as a premium for the advance decision of the existing contract and which Ipav has allocated to the achievement of its statutory purposes “.
Following the signing of the contract, the Bauer company was spun off, attributing part of its assets relating to the hotel business of the Giudecca complex, to the company Project Giudecca srl.And it is this that stipulated a second contract on 8 August, starting in 2049. to 2079 «This, however, to conclude the lawyer – without Ire being able to enter into the merits of the sale or demerger of the tenant. On 8 August 2019, as per the mandate received from the Board of Directors, the president of Ire signed a second lease agreement with Project Giudecca 2 srl for a further 30 years starting from the expiry of the first contract (2049) with valuation of the rent ( annual basis agreed at 1.1 23,500 euros to be revalued ».