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New companies, gastronomic market and Ferris wheel stir the Rio Port Area

January 17, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Almost 10 years after its revitalization began, the Rio de Janeiro port area, which became a symbol of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is being prepared for the arrival of seven new companies and two new leisure ventures: a gastronomic center and a Ferris wheel. In addition, the last VLT line begins operating until the end of the year, the modern train that runs through the downtown area, connecting the bus terminal to Santos Dumont airport.

According to the Urban Development Company of the Rio de Janeiro Port Area (Cdurp), by the beginning of 2019, four thousand new people will start working and passing by the neighborhoods Santo Cristo, Gamboa and Saúde with the arrival of seven new companies. Only Bradesco Seguros, which bought Port Corporate, near the bus terminal, will take three thousand employees to occupy the 18 floors of the building. “We are noting the investors supporting the Porto Maravilha”, says the chairman of Cdurp, Antonio Carlos Barbosa.

As for the Nova Building, on Avenida Barão de Tefé, the 1,000 employees of L’Oréal Brasil will be joined by the tourism agency Alatur and the credit rating agency Fitch Ratings. The Japanese Nissan, who occupied another building, also moved there. At the Aqwa Corporate, a project of architect Norman Foster opened in November 2017, opposite to Cidade do Samba (City of Samba), are “Fábrica de Startups” (Factory of Startups) and the law firm Tauil & Checker Advogados, as well as the developer itself, Tishman Speyer Brasil.

Joining the people who work in the area are locals and tourists looking for fun. Since 2013, when the Rio Art Museum (MAR) opened, the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) and the Rio Marine Aquarium arrived at the port area, joining the already traditional Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB Cultural Center) and Casa França-Brasil (French-Brazilian House), among other cultural centers. Now, the next big thing is the Mercado do Porto Carioca (Carioca Port Market), a project with a budget of $ 45 million Reais, due to open in the second half of 2019.

Inspired by the Mercado da Ribeira (Ribeira Market), in Portugal, it will occupy a historic building located between the MAR and the Museum of Tomorrow, in the heart of Praça Mauá. On a monthly basis, 100,000 people are expected to pass by the location, which will have 20 full-time restaurants, among other ventures.

As for the Rio Ferris wheel, named Rio Star, it should be the largest in Latin America. With its opening scheduled for 2019, it will be 88 meters high and will be installed next to the Marine Aquarium. The project is inspired by the London Eye, which is a London benchmark.

As the area grows, the city hall tests for the start of operation of the VLT Line 3, the last section of the system. The new line will connect the Central do Brasil, the Rio de Janeiro urban train station, to Santos Dumont airport, through avenues Marechal Floriano and Rio Branco. There will be three new stops and sections shared with lines 1 and 2, allowing intervals to be reduced to 3.5 minutes in the area of the Central do Brasil and in Rio Branco avenue, the city’s primary financial corridor.

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