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|The view from the harbour - March 2017|
|Tuesday, 07 March 2017|
It’s a while since we told you what was going on down at the harbour, so here is a brief update with photos.
Phase 1 of the harbourside redevelopment was the rebuilding of the units destroyed by fire in December 2014. This was completed some time ago.
The expectation had been that although Phase 3 has been put on hold, Phase 2 would be continued so that the builders could at least finish what they started. Unfortunately there has been no significant work taking place to landscape this area. It has been left looking untidy and in some parts like a building site, with bare concrete and metalwork blighting the ambience of what should be a pleasant amenity. In the photo above you can see how the stone facia on the retaining wall is incomplete.
Above photo taken from Muar Cafe courtesy of Sandra Osborne.
Work on renovating one of the original stone buildings in the town, just behind the beach is coming along. The builders are undertaking this project in a way that respects the traditional form of the original property.
Moving away from the beach the grassy area below Sunset and Korsan restaurants is looking a bit jaded but there is still a hint of green within the browning turf. What happened to the irrigation system?
Overlooking this area up on Atatürk Caddesi the old Black and Gold site is going to have new life breathed into it as a new business called Ko.Co. takes over. We believe the name stands for Korsan Continued and it will be run by Uluç from the Korsan Group. This new place will operate alongside the existing Korsan Meze and the Fish Terrace restaurant.
Below: From many years ago, an image of the old KoKo Bar - remember this? Not to be confused with the new Ko.Co. which will be located where the yellow umbrellas are in the image below.
The Fener Cafe has been conspicuous by its absence this winter and its future remains uncertain following the very odd tender process that took place last year. (See our report from September 2016 for more details on this).
Further along Gusto and Aubergine restaurants have stayed open for business throughout the winter, whilst down the same street Trio restaurant has been busy relocating to the place next door that was once Rosemary (and before that Ilyada). Their old place is being taken over by another restaurant - details awaited.
There was an unusual occurrence back in December when a stray swan (cygnet actually) veered off course and spent 24 hours away from its skein paddling in the harbour, much to the amusement of local boatmen who initially said it must have been a goose.
Nobody had seen a swan in Kalkan before. Well they have now.
A quiet few months
There are only a couple of months to go before things start warming up and the new season will be upon us. Despite the lack of urgency in completing the redevelopment work, Kalkan's harbour remains an attractive focal point for life in the town and there will still be plenty of people wandering down the cobbled streets to take in the sea air and the atmosphere.
If you're heading to Kalkan this season you will notice a few changes but in the main the harbour has stayed the same. You will find many of the familiar faces there to greet you upon your return.
Below: Kalkan harbour and the mountain backdrop.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 March 2017|