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Casablanca: The United States Consulate General will finally move from Boulevard Moulay Youssef

Source: Le360

10-21-2020 | News

By Fayza Senhaji

The  United States Consulate General  in Casablanca will finally move from Boulevard Moulay Youssef.  The confirmation came from US Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East, David  Schenker , on the sidelines of his visit to the Kingdom last Monday.  And, according to Al  Ahdath  Al  Maghribia  in its edition of Wednesday, October 21, the new diplomatic building that will replace it will be located near Casablanca Finance  City  (CFC) , and precisely at the location of the old Casa-Anfa airport  .

According to the same source, the new Consulate General will be built on an area of ​​nearly 3 hectares and will consist of several multi-purpose buildings.  Having required an overall budget of $ 312 million, according to the American diplomat, the new building should be of the most modern.

In detail, Al  Ahdath  Al  Maghribia  stresses that the new Consulate, unlike the current one, will be 6.5 kilometers from downtown Casablanca.  However, it will be connected to all transport equipment, particularly the tram network. The publication adds that the land on which this building will be built was selected from around thirty offers.  Its deed of purchase was signed in 2018 with the Urbanization and Development Agency of Anfa .

The architectural study of the project was entrusted to the American company Miller Hull, which has already worked on similar projects in Mexico, Nigeria and Guatemala.  The newspaper emphasizes that the company has crisscrossed the four corners of the Kingdom as part of this project in order to be inspired by Moroccan architectural traditions.  His work also aims to design an eco-responsible building with plenty of space for solar energy and green spaces.  It is also not excluded that Moroccan operators are associated with this project, as suggested by the meeting held last year between Miller Hull and about fifteen local companies who have expressed their interest.

As a reminder, it was the Consul General of the United States, Jennifer  Rasamimanana , who had mentioned for the first time this plan to move the diplomatic building.  Several months ago, she had indeed explained that the metropolis continued to develop in all fields and that the diplomatic representation of her country should also be designed according to the best standards in the field.

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