Milano Mayor Sala: “Yes to a new stadium, but no real estate development that exceeds what is decided by the PGT”

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Giuseppe Sala during Save The Artistic Heritage – Vernissage Cocktail on April 11, 2018. (Photo by Stefania M. D’Alessandro/Getty Images for Cinello)

Giuseppe Sala has confirmed the approval of a new stadium in Milano, but reiterated San Siro will remain standing and that there is still no green light for the redevelopment of the entire area.

Milan and Inter have plans in place for the construction of a new stadium and the redevelopment of the San Siro area.

At the end of the last month, the City Council gave the green light for a new arena, with certain constraints, and things advanced to the table of La Giunta, the governing body of the Municipality.

Today, Milano Mayor Giuseppe Sala posted an update on his Facebook page, with the title: “Yes to a new stadium, but no real estate development that exceeds what is decided by the PGT”:

“We have always acted with transparency and consistency on the issue of the stadium. We immediately said that we would involve the City Council first and only after having had the opinion of those who represent the citizens, we would assume, as Mayor and Giunta, the responsibility to decide how to proceed.

The projects of Populous and Manica/Sportium side-by-side. (@acmilan.com)

“In light of the path – technical and political – carried out so far, the Giunta held today has approved the public interest in the proposal of Milan and Inter on the stadium, but any other works (for example commercial spaces, offices and hotels) will be authorized only to the extent provided by the current Piano di Governo del Territorio [PGT] of the Milano Municipality.

“The construction of a new sporting facility has, however, opened up the question regarding the future of San Siro. We reiterate our will to re-functionalize it and therefore we are ready to evaluate solutions that do not provide for the demolition of the current structure, but rather its regeneration through other functions.”

The stage during the presentation of the New Milano Stadium at Politecnico di Milano on September 26, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

A key part of the proposals of Populous and Manica/Sportium is the real estate development that goes beyond the stadium. Milan and Inter will have to work side-by-side with the city to figure it out. After reading the words of Sala, the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri released a joint statement:

“In relation to today’s resolution of the Giunta Comunale, which recognizes the public interest in the proposal presented by Milan and Inter, the clubs reserve the right to analyze in detail the act and assessing whether the conditions set are compatible with feasibility and economic sustainability of the project.”

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