Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Veneto governor pleads to Cardin to reconsider Venice tower


Vicenza, July 2 - The governor of the region around
Venice asked French fashion mogul Pierre Cardin to reconsider
backing out of a two-billion-euro plan to build a futuristic
high-rise overlooking the lagoon city on Tuesday.
"Review your decision," said Veneto Governor Luca Zaia.
"Today, on Cardin's birthday, it would be nice for him to
give a gift to the city.
Cardin's development firm called off the controversial
project on Friday citing a failure of approval from all involved
governmental bodies in the two years since the 'Palais Lumiere'
was first proposed.
Stretching 300 meters, the commercial skyscraper was slated
to be built in the industrial town of Marghera, creating
shopping space and hotels and granting visitors an unobstructed
view of nearby Venice.
Cardin, who was born in the northern Veneto region, had
also stressed the project was a way to reconnect with his roots.
Opponents had argued it would disrupt the Medieval
character of Venice, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and that the marshy
terrain made for a soggy foundation that might not be able to
support a massive steel-and-glass structure.
Supporters were eager to see the foreign investment in
Venice and Marghera, the latter of which has been particularly
hard-hit by Italy's recession now in its third year.
"To call off this exemplary project that opened up
discussion won't allow us to send a strong signal at the
international level to lure back foreign capital to Italy," said

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