A new attempt to utilize the former Gonou Camp with the stamp of the TAIPED is being planned in Thessaloniki. It is about utilizing the camp space and turning it into a logistics center.
A network of integrated freight centers is necessary for our country to take advantage of its geographical advantage, combined with the development of the ports of Athens and Thessaloniki.
In the camp, which occupies an area of 672 acres and is in a privileged position due to its proximity to both the THA and the industrial area of Sindos and the Egnatia Road, it is planned to develop a commercial center with a free trade and processing zone. Its creation will highlight the Thessaloniki as a freight hub and exit gateway for goods to Central Europe. The duration of the concession from TAIPED must be at least 30 years.
It is noted that the utilization of the former Gonou camp was included in March 2022, following a decision of the competent government committee, in the set of projects promoted by the Strategic Importance Contracts Unit (PPF) of the TAIPED. The first attempt to exploit the property, which started at the end of 2017, collapsed, despite the initial investment interest, due to the lack of maturity of the property.
It is recalled that the relevant pre-feasibility study carried out by GAIOSE, in collaboration with a large international company, resulted in two alternative scenarios with different combinations of logistics and processing uses, while the use for the transaction of components coming from the Far East was also considered.
In order to make the above a reality, leveraging TAIPED’s experience in real estate development, PPF will have to complete a list of outstanding items, as well as proceed with the tender on behalf of GAIAOSE, which is the developer. Today, the property has no land uses, while war material (mines, bombs and missiles) remains within the area that must be removed, as well as Army bakeries that must be relocated.
With information from Vima tis Kyriaki / printed version
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