14 January 2018 – Cuatro
The state-owned company is taking advantage of the recovery in the sector by selling properties; and is also hanging the “for rent” sign up on around fifty other premises.
Adif, the public company responsible for promoting and managing Spain’s railway network, has around eighty real estate assets up for sale, primarily homes and land, spread across several Spanish provinces, whose prices amount to a total of €9.8 million.
The public company, which forms part of the Ministry of Development, is whereby pushing ahead with its divestment policy of assets that are not necessary for its railway activity, to coincide with the recovery in the real estate sector.
By virtue of this strategy, Adif is selling or transferring the management of assets not affected by its core business, the construction and management of railway lines, with the objective of optimising the management of its real estate portfolio and obtaining additional resources to continue investing in the railway network.
Within the framework of this policy, the company chaired by Juan Bravo has also put 56 commercial premises up for rent. The properties are located in a total of 16 provinces, according to data from the company compiled by Europa Press.
In terms of the homes up “for sale”, they are assets that were left unselected in previous auctions. The flats are located in towns or capitals of thirteen provinces and their sales prices range between €16,000 for a home in Venta de Baños (Palencia) and €131,000 for another home located in Jérez de la Frontera (Cádiz).
Nevertheless, the assets that Adif is looking to sell include several noteworthy plots of land, specifically, six in Madrid and one in Leganés.
Plots in Madrid, the jewel in the crown
The latter is the most extensive, given that it is an urban plot measuring 3,608 m2, with a maximum buildability of 5,232.26 m2. It has been put up for sale for €2.14 million.
Other assets include homes in Jérez de Frontera, measuring between 72 m2 and 99 m2, with two or three bedrooms and a parking space, with prices of between €90,000 and €131,000, as well as several commercial premises in Valencia capital.
The rest of the homes for sale, which are either new or in need of work, are located in the provinces of A Coruña, Ávila, Ciudad Real, León, Ourense, Palencia, Salamanca, Tarragona, Valladolid and Zaragoza.
Adif is adding this new round of divestments to those undertaken in previous years. In the real estate sphere, at the end of 2014, it sold a plot of land on Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid through a public auction. That site was awarded to El Corte Inglés for €136 million and is located right next to the retailer’s largest store in the country.
Two years later, the real estate company Vía Célere purchased a plot from Adif, and also from Repsol, which those two companies jointly owned in the Méndez Álvaro area of the capital for €29.1 million.
Beyond this sector, a few years ago, Adif granted concessions for the management of the parking lots in its train stations and of its fibre optic network, one of the largest in the country. The first was awarded to Saba and the second to REE.
Original story: Cuatro
Translation: Carmel Drake