19 February, Corriere della Sera
The old structure of the building has been demolished. The restoration of the land is expected in the upcoming days. An eyesore which has been left abandoned for decades will be replaced by a low-cost hotel chain. The renaissance of Rogoredo will be possible thanks to the Japanese. The building dating back in the Fifties at number 101 in Via Boncompagni and left vacant for three decades will be the first investment in Italy of the Japanese multinational Toyoko-Inn. This is the unmistakable proof that international investors are betting on the relaunch of the neighbourhood.
This is a bold move. Milan Toyoko-Inn will have ten floors and will be 36 metres high. The hotel will cover a surface of 8 thousand Sq m for a total of 490 rooms, making it one of the biggest hotels in the city. The minimalist style and the light colours are a trademark of the Japanese chain, and the hotel in Via Boncompagni won’t be an exception. Low-cost tourism will focus on Rogoredo. The suburban area is well connected through the city bypass, the motorway, and high-speed train station and the metro station. Santa Giulia is nearby, just like a small park where drug addicts usually gather.
“A building of this sort is the best way to make the neighbourhood safer”, said the president of the territory commission for the 4th Municipality, Massimiliano Conte. All the political parties have welcomed the arrival of the Japanese hotel.
“We’re delighted with the project. We believe it will have a positive impact on the territory”, said the local president Paolo Bossi. “We’re currently working in order to start the construction works as soon as possible. Not only the quality of life will improve, but there will also be more services on offer such the new public parking lot which will absorb the demand generated by the station”. City Councillor Pierfrancesco Maran is positive about the project; “Via Boncompagni used to have one of the most degraded buildings of Milan. Now that it’s gone, the area has a lot of potential. With the new territorial zoning plan punishing through restrictions on volumes those who don’t demolish or requalify abandoned buildings, we’re accelerating the renewal of some parts of the city”.
Source: Corriere della Sera
Translator: Cristina Ambrosi