€12 million for urban renewal projects

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Minister for cities, Freya Van den Bossche, has approved €12 million to be used for specific urban renewal projects in four Flemish cities

Antwerp, Ostend, Ghent and Genk benefit from funding

Flemish minister for cities, Freya Van den Bossche, has approved a €12 million grant for urban renewal projects in Antwerp, Ostend, Ghent and Genk. The four projects were selected by a jury from seven schemes submitted by cities across Flanders.

The aim of the grant, which is awarded every year, is to support architectural and environmental projects that improve the quality of life for a neighbourhood as well creating housing, alleviating the effects of poverty and boosting child-friendliness.

The projects include the IJzerlaan development in Antwerp, where a new residential quarter will be constructed with links to the docklands, and the Oosteroever project in Ostend, where a new residential district is being created on the east side of the harbour (pictured).

The jury also selected the Tondelier project in Ghent, where a sustainable residential quarter is to be built in the Rabot neighbourhood, and the Thor Park development in Genk, where a disused coal mine will be turned into a business park and university research centre.   

Minister for cities has approved €12 million to be used for urban renewal projects in four Flemish cities.

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