Multi Development celebrates groundbreaking ceremony in Palermo (IT/NL)

On 4th December 2007 Multi Development-C Italia celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony in Palermo marking the start of the construction of Forum Palermo, the biggest retail scheme being developed in the capital city of Sicily. The scheme is being developed for an investment subsidiary of Multi Corporation bv. The opening of the center is scheduled for 2009.

Forum Palermo.

The ceremony was held at the Forum Palermo development area, followed by a reception inside the prestigious San Paolo Palace Hotel in the presence of Mr. Diego Cammarata, mayor of Palermo, members of the city council and city stakeholders.

Commenting at the ceremony Mauro Mancini, Managing Director Multi Development-C Italia, said: "The development of Forum Palermo will change the retail scenario of the region and boost the economical and social growth of the area. We will bring to Palermo a unique retail scheme with the widest range of national and international brands and a new shopping and leisure experience that will attract thousands of customers and visitors."

Interior of Forum Palermo.

Diego Cammarata, mayor of Palermo, said: "Palermo is a unique city with great history and a strong commitment to modernization". I congratulate Multi on the successful start of Forum Palermo. I have no doubt the project will bring a new lease of life to the city, supporting the local business community and creating new job opportunities."

Sustainable development
Multi Development is committed that the project will also be beneficial to the community and announced its intention to stimulate the employment of young people providing first-job opportunities. The project complies with high standards for sustainable development. Particular feature is the solar photovoltaic arrays that will be placed in the parking area to supply power to the center.

Forum Palermo offers retail & leisure
Forum Palermo is one of the largest retail and leisure projects developed in southern Italy. The total site area is 65,000 m². It is located on the Eastern side of Palermo within the limits of the ring road and close to the exit of the E90 motorway, which provides excellent accessibility for all visitors. Both the form and the materiality cause the shopping center to emerge organically in its surroundings.

Forum Palermo is anchored by a hypermarket and by a

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