The old KEN Paphos in the center of Geroskipou, now officially belongs to the Municipality of Geroskipou. Yesterday, the agreement between the Municipality of Geroskipos and the Bank of Cyprus for the purchase by the municipal authority of the piece of the historic space, which operated at the beginning of the 20th century as a silk factory and then for decades until the KEN, was signed at the headquarters of the banking institution in Nicosia. Paphos.
The agreement concerns the total area of the old KEN, which is 26757 square meters, for an amount of 2.5 million euros. The agreement on behalf of the municipal authority was signed by the Mayor of Geroskipou, Michalis Pavlidis.
The Mayor of Geroskipou revealed that the goal of the municipal authority is to connect the area with the adjacent Sculpture Park and the central square of the Municipality, creating essentially a huge single space of the order of 100 thousand square meters. It will be combined in parallel with the works that the Municipality will already start to execute within 2021 for the connection of its square space with the area of Kato Vrysi and other points related to the myth of the goddess Aphrodite.
“There will be a development of educational and cultural direction in the area of KEN”, he said, “which among many others will include an environmental education center, cultural spaces, playgrounds, a kindergarten, playgrounds, parks, outdoor landscaping and more. “The project will be an effort to join a European structural program to be funded by European funds.”
According to Michalis Pavlidis, the municipal authority has already set up an ad hoc committee consisting of municipal officials, scientists and academics from Naples Paphos with a condition to finalize the planning for the future of the old KEN space, while in has been involved with the proposal of the municipal authority and ETEK.
The acquisition of the old KEN Paphos by the Municipality of Geroskipou is the culmination of many years of planning and requests of the whole local community, in order to save a historically charged area of the Municipality from collapse.