The city of Barra Longa (MG), which was impacted by the Fundão tailing dam failure in Mariana (MG), received back, on October 30th, its main communal hub. Manoel Lino Mol Square, which was blocked since last year due to the arrival of the tailings to the location, was delivered by Samarco to the community.
“Delivering Manoel Lino Mol Square is no reason for celebration. We are meeting the commitment we undertook in giving the city of Barra Longa its tranquility back,” states Samarco’s CEO, Roberto Carvalho. “We know there is still much to be done, such as the exhibitions park, completing renovations in properties and yards. From now on, it is the responsibility of the Renova Foundation to continue the other repair and reform actions for Barra Longa”.
To rebuild the square in accordance with the wishes of the community of Barra Longa, Samarco held open meetings between February and March to collect the opinions of children, the youth, adults and elders. About 200 people participated in this process.
The architectural project kept the identity of the city. A children’s playground and an open-air gym were built. New storm drain networks have been implemented, sidewalks were paved and power lines were recovered. Public lighting will be covered by 61 LED lights installed on the square and along Alameda Beira Rio. The sidewalks around and inside the square are made of 1,450 square meters of red self-locking blocks, which use mining tailings in their composition. 680 square meters of hydraulic tiles with tactile paving - relief markings for the visually impaired - have been applied in front of houses.