In Ajuda, a controversial project with 38 thousand square meters is being born next to the national palace.

In 2000, the land was sold for three million euros and now resold for 17 million.

The new project brings more closed condominiums to the city of Lisbon and is still in its initial phase. An execution unit was created and put up for public discussion with criticism from the Citizens for Help Group who look and see walls.

It’s a kind of UFO that wants to land here and compete with the Ajuda Palace in importance, size and volume. And that doesn’t embody affordable housing for normal people, for Lisboners”, says Sandra Oliveira, representative of the citizens’ movement.

The new project brings more gated communities and a total of 38,814 square meters of construction, above what is allowed.

The land registry finds no trace of these buildings. In the Execution Unit, the entire area in which the building is being designed is considered State property. It is part of what will be demolished to make way for new construction.

However, TVI heard residents of the area that will be demolished and who say they do not want to be exiled from what they classify as theirs.

I don’t want to be paid, I want a house in Ajuda. Because I know there are many vacancies”, says José Carlos Gomes.

Also the inhabitant of the space, Pureza Bastos, is against the proposal. “There has to be some solution”, he asks, stressing that it can pass through a house near here”.

Pureza and José Carlos live removed from public discussion, they remain in their corner. Without thinking too much about what the future holds.

Coveted Land” is a report by Maria José Garrido with images by Miguel Bretiano, Romeu Carvalho and Tiago Eusébio and image editing by Carlota Paim.

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