ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials have eased a standoff on a key bailout-related land development project by diluting demands for much of the plot at the former Athens international airport to be listed as an archaeological site.
A council of senior Culture Ministry archaeologists decided late Tuesday that only about 4.5 percent of the 620-hectare (1,500-acre) coastal area at Hellenikon should be listed.
Ancient cemeteries and a prehistoric settlement have been found in the area.
The prime urban plot was sold under the country's creditor-mandated privatization program to a consortium led by Greece's Lamda Development, which is planning an 8-billion-euro ($9.4-billion) development. The project will include a large park, housing, shopping areas and hotels.
Declaring the area an archaeological site would not fully preclude development, but could increase development costs. Tuesday's ruling requires government ratification.