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Saiba quais afirmações correspondem à realidade

Anticipated for more than 20 years now, the revitalization of the Cais Mauá Waterfront is a common topic in the friendly day to day conversations of Port Alegre residents. As with any project that involves public assets, where the recovery was transferred to the private sector through a bidding process, the revitalization generates debate. For the topic to be treated with the transparency and seriousness that it deserves, let us clarify what if myth and what is fact in this project.

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The project is inspired by international models of port revitalization

The project is inspired by international models of port revitalization

Important ports throughout the world that have been revitalized are being used as references for the Mauá Pier Project. The Porto Antico marina in Genoa, for example, has an important conference and events center and a nautical fair. Port Vell in Barcelona includes the Imax Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Europe, and a large complex of office buildings. The goal is not to imitate them, but to bring solutions from integrated, multipurpose construction projects in city centers to Porto Alegre.

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Part of Porto Alegre’s history will be lost

Part of Porto Alegre’s history will be lost

Firstly, it is important to highlight that the warehouses have been declared historic heritage sites at either the federal, state or municipal level. Thus, they will be specifically restored to preserve Porto Alegre’s history. Understanding the historical and emotional importance of the Mauá Pier to Rio Grande do Sul natives, the project prioritizes restoring the heritage site and providing accessibility. The warehouses, the facade of the old meat packing plant and the headquarters of the Port and Waterways Oversight Agency (SPH) will be restored, maintaining their original characteristics, along with four cranes and the cobblestones that are part of the Wharf’s identity.

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The project will include different uses for the area

The project will include different uses for the area

The central portico and warehouses A and B will be exclusively dedicated to cultural activities, as stated in the public bidding process. Warehouses A1 and A6 will be home to culinary and design activities. Warehouse B1 will have a food court. Warehouse B2 will be designated the service sector. Warehouse B3 will work as a waterway terminal for selling tourist and transportation tickets.

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The project will damage the port region

The project will damage the port region

The construction work on the warehouses will be done to restore their original characteristics. This includes the structure composed of riveted iron pieces that will be imported from Paris and assembled on site, filling in dense brickwork, the gabled roofs, the single story with a ceiling height of seven to ten meters, the color of the yellow paint, the steel doors and the cement flooring.

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Access to the Mauá Pier is restricted

Access to the Mauá Pier is restricted

The Mauá Pier has restricted access and parking inside the construction site. Firefighters and employees of the Port and Waterways Oversight Agency are still allowed to enter. This was done in order to decrease the flow of people and ensure safety at the construction site. After the revitalization has been concluded, everyone will be allowed to enter. New entrances for pedestrians and cars will be built, and it will be directly integrated with the Trensurb urban train system, providing easy access to all.  The temporary restriction aims to protect people and prevent loss of life, as the conditions of some of the warehouses could lead to dangerous accidents. It is important to remember that access to any construction site is restricted, even on roads and sidewalks, for the same reasons.

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Historic warehouses will be destroyed

Historic warehouses will be destroyed

The maintenance of the 11 warehouses, which were built in the 1920s and have been declared heritage sites, is one of the main features of the revitalization project for the former port region of Porto Alegre.
Only one warehouse, which is located next to the Gasômetro (old power plant) and is labeled A7, will not be maintained. It is not a municipal heritage site, and does not have the same features as the other warehouses.

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The Mauá Wall will be torn down

The Mauá Wall will be torn down

The project includes the revitalization of the wall, which is part of the flood protection system. Alternative landscaping options are being developed to refine and integrate the wall with the project.  

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Residents do not have access to information on the project

Residents do not have access to information on the project

All of the corporate information about the project, as well as the progress of the revitalization construction is available at: www.vivacaismaua.com.br.

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Residents will not have access to the shore

Residents will not have access to the shore

On a good part of the Mauá Pier margins, there is nothing preventing access from the warehouses to the waters of the Guaíba. For safety reasons, a guardrail with a height of one meter will be installed on the margin between the pink granite stone and the cobblestone pavement, which will be maintained.

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Residents will not have access to open leisure areas

Residents will not have access to open leisure areas

The project includes nine parks, the biggest of which will be located next to the old meat packing plant. It will have a sculpture made from limestone in the style of Portuguese pavement, which will be restored and redisplayed. Furthermore, the project includes the construction of bicycle paths and other spaces for relaxation along the shore.

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Residents will have to pay to enter the Mauá Pier Project

Residents will have to pay to enter the Mauá Pier Project

After construction has ended and all the necessary permits have been obtained (which is how government authorities will protect visitors) the general population will be able to enter the Mauá Pier Project and visit all of the parks, the shore and the shops without paying any entrance fees. Of course, as is the case in any public park, you must pay for anything you consume, such as a beverage.

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The focus of the project is solely commercial

The focus of the project is solely commercial

In addition to the shopping center (which will expand the options for entertainment in the city center), the commercial buildings and the hotel (which are in accordance with the master plan for generating jobs), the revitalization will also include large spaces for sustainability and a variety of cultural activities, such as art, drama, music and literature, as well as spaces for socializing and enjoying the shore.
First, the warehouses will be restored. Then the shopping center and office buildings will be built.

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The Mauá Pier project is at a standstill

The Mauá Pier project is at a standstill

A project of this complexity involves a series of permits and authorizations from a number of federal, state and municipal agencies, which require many complex, in depth studies and the presentation of detailed project designs and proofs of meeting various legal and regulatory obligations that are only found in this type of business venture. Thus, the Mauá Pier Project is progressing consistently in terms of obtaining all of the necessary permits and authorizations. Everywhere in the world, this type of project has had the same number of delays and disbelief on the part of residents, and in almost every case, the results have been exceptional and acclaimed by society.

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The cranes are landmarked and they will all be removed

The cranes are landmarked and they will all be removed

The cranes used during the operational period of Cais Mauá, with the arrival and departure of cargo, are not landmarked. Some of them were removed, but four will be maintained to preserve the history and the memory. They will be restored and receive special lighting as part of the new Cais Mauá landscape.