Urban warts or abandoned nuggets, wastelands abound in France. Their potential is enormous. However, land-eating projects are often preferred to them by local communities. In question: the significant additional cost that these wastelands can represent. In order to take part of it, the State has decided to put its hand in the pocket to the tune of 300 million euros, as part of the recovery plan. One part is managed by the regional prefects (441 files financed), the other by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) (111 projects supported). A victim of its own success, this “wasteland” saw its envelope swell by an additional 330 million euros, very recently. In Brittany, around forty sites will share the first envelope for a total of 19 million euros. Among them, five very symbolic places.
3 million euros for La Courrouze, between Rennes and Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande
This site, neglected by military and industrial activities, is undergoing a metamorphosis which began in 2003, covering 115 ha. Ultimately (around 2025), it will accommodate nearly 5,000 new housing units, inhabited by 10,000 inhabitants, with 14,000 m² of shops and 138,000 m² of offices… Just a metro throw from the city center.
This Zac benefits from the highest amount of the “wasteland” in Brittany: nearly 3 million euros are allocated to it. Three specific sectors are concerned: the one called “Large equipment”, which will become a multimodal exchange hub at the entrance to the south-west town, bringing together an 800-space park-and-ride, the terminus of metro line B, a bus station and a new interchange connected to the ring road; the Mermoz sector, named after the boulevard which leads to the center of Rennes, where housing, office, retail and service groups are growing; and Pilate, where collective housing and townhouse programs are planned.
€ 720,000 for the destruction of the Glacière de Lorient
Four projects in the port area of Lorient will be financed by the “brownfield fund”, for a total amount exceeding 1.2 million euros. The largest sum (720,000 €) is allocated to the demolition of the Glacière.
After a bitter battle between supporters of its destruction and defenders of its rehabilitation, it was ultimately decided that it would be deconstructed in 2022 for an amount estimated at one million euros. 102 years after its appearance in the landscape, to preserve, freeze and refrigerate fish, it will give way to economic development.
The continuation of the project to convert part of the port into a technical and activity zone for offshore racing boats will be financed to the tune of € 350,000. This money will be used to build a platform for the old submarine base.
More than one million euros to clean up the old Concarneau station
Very large envelope also to finance the development of the station district in Concarneau (42,000 m²). Ademe grants it a subsidy of € 1,144,518.
This aid will be used for the very costly decontamination of the site. The whole district must be redeveloped with the construction of housing, commercial units and green spaces. The announcement of this grant coincides with the launch of the project’s public inquiry, which will run from June 9 to July 9.
300,000 euros for the rehabilitation of a former convent in Tréguier
The former convent of the Sisters of Christ in Tréguier (22) does not benefit from the largest check, but its high heritage value makes it a wasteland whose fate is closely followed. Its rehabilitation will be subsidized to the tune of 300,000 euros, to which is added the 160,000 euros obtained with the help of the Bern Mission (lotto and scratch card).
Unoccupied since the departure of the nuns in 2008, the buildings have continued to deteriorate. In the initial project, it is planned that the former monastery will notably house artists’ residences, halls of the community music school as well as social housing and the municipal media library. A development of the gardens and the surroundings of Jaudy is also planned.
Half a million for the France Langouste de Douarnenez wasteland
Iconic place of the port of Rosmeur and its great hours, France Langouste occupies 660 m² of floor space. The State will provide a subsidy of € 500,000 to “recycle” it.
For Douarnenez Community, which wants to pilot the rehabilitation, “the vocation of the future construction is to allow the installation and development of economic activities”. Last fall, the solution of demolition and reconstruction was favored.
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