Funds approved for urban renewal
Flanders’ minister for urban affairs, Freya Van den Bossche, has approved funding of €360,000 for six urban renewal studies
Green light for six urban renewal studies across Flanders
The funding is part of a package of €12.5 million a year available for urban renewal in the 13 largest cities in the Flemish region, as well as Brussels and 21 smaller cities. Most of the financing goes to individual projects aimed at bringing about sustainable and quality changes to urban areas, but there is also money for six feasibility study projects a year.
The projects financed in the latest round concern a make-over for the walls of the elevated railway in central Antwerp; a study into the importance of user-experience in the design of public spaces; the conversion of an old police station into a community centre in Deinze; the reuniting of the various neighbourhoods around the Dampoort train station in Ghent’s Sint-Amandsberg district (pictured); the revival of the Hendrik Heymanplein in Sint-Niklaas, now used almost exclusively for parking; and further development of the site of the slaughterhouses in the Brussels’ district of Anderlecht.