The environment ministry has earmarked a building next to the Panathenian Stadium to house the Museum of Modern Art, Environment and Town Planning Minister George Souflias announced on Wednesday, following a meeting with Goulandris Foundation Vice-President Eleni Glykatzi-Ahrweiler and members of its board.
The minister said the museum will occupy at building at the junction of Ardittou and Markou Mousouri streets, after modification to land use regulations that currently allow only homes and offices in the area.
"By my order, environment ministry services carried out the necessary studies, on the basis of which it was found that the required modifications to the Town Plan were possible so as to allow the Museum of Modern Art to be housed in this building," Souflias said.
The plan had also been approved by the Central Council of Town Planning, Residences and Environment, which had unanimously approved the building's use as a cultural center provided that there were 74 parking spaces available.
According to Souflias, 60 parking spaces had been found within the building and another 14 in an adjacent building, so that only the permission of the Athens municipality remained pending in order for the issue to be finalized.
Source: Athens News Agency