Historical agreement between the Government of the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the Sagrada Familia. After more than 130 years of construction without a license, the City Council and the Sagrada Familia have reached an agreement to regularize the works. The Sagrada Familia will pay a total of 36 million euros in the next ten years that will go towards improvements in public transport, a direct access to the metro to the temple and redevelopment of the surrounding streets.
In return, the two institutions have agreed on changes in planning and a special plan that allows the regularization of the works, so that the temple can request and pay for a license. The parties claim that the controversial continuity of the project of the access stairway to the façade of La Gloria, on the street of Mallorca, is an issue that remains outside the agreement.
Colau has described this Thursday as a "historic day", because the pact has managed to regularize administrative issues but also improve the fit of the temple and its impact on the city. "Many people told us that if in 130 years it had not been done, we were not going to do it," he said, celebrating the attitude of the two administrations. The mayor recalled that the temple is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2005 and that it is the most visited building in Barcelona.
On the part of the temple, the delegated president of his patronage, Esteve Camps, has celebrated "the desire to solve an anomaly" of the two institutions. "The agreement opens the temple to the city with contribution to transport and improvement of the environment for the benefit of neighbors." Camps has also been satisfied that the agreement includes "a new urban plan that provides solutions to resolve the area of the façade of La Gloria".