Public acquisition of commercial premises in the fight to combat gentrification

One and a half million euros is to be spent on purchasing and renovating commercial premises in the Raval Sud and Gòtic Sud neighbourhoods. The premises will then be prioritised for use by the programme to provide official protection for ground floor premises (BPO).

01/08/2018 10:44 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The City Council is to purchase commercial premises in the Ciutat Vella district as part of the Raval Sud-Gòtic Sud neighbourhood plan, the aim being to help combat gentrification. The premises come in addition to the eight properties included in the first wave of the BPO programme, which are expected to be awarded after the summer.

The BPO formula is a new way of protecting and promoting economic and community uses in the public interests of the district, which needs to be regained for community life. The aim is to add economic vitality, with the premises being used for local, sustainable and diverse commerce, countering commercial and social gentrification and the economic monoculture. The move is set out in the economic development plan, backed by the Ciutat Vella district and Barcelona Activa.

The overall budget consists of 1,100,000 euros strictly for purchases, and 400,000 euros to be used for renovating the new municipally owned premises.

This innovative measure means owners of commercial premises who are interested in selling them can present their ground floor properties for the public contest. Using a scoring system already set out in the rules, the City Council will rank the different proposals and acquire the premises obtaining maximum scores.

The competition is divided into three lots, each with its own budgetary item. Anyone interested in presenting offers can do so up until 26 October.

The premises to be purchased must not be in use, have floor space of between 30 and 150 square metres, be directly accessible from the street and not be in a state of disrepair which exceeds the maximum renovation ratio set out in the rules. Only one offer may be presented for each premises and the same owner cannot offer more than one property to be sold.

Information campaign and personalised service point

A campaign is being run on traditional media and digital media alike to inform people about the new initiative. In addition, and in order to provide maximum information on the rules for presenting property proposals, a personalised service point is available for anybody interested, at C/ Pintor Fortuny 17-19 (head office of the city promotion department).

For free, non-binding advice and support relating to the process, to clear up any related doubts or queries, users are advised to request an appointment. Queries can also be made by email to


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