Homans launches six urban renewal projects
Flanders’ urban policy minister has set aside €60,000 each for six Flemish towns and cities to draw up plans for innovative urban projects, including cutting motorway noise and transforming abandoned spaces
Aalst will use the money to develop ideas for converting an abandoned police barracks into a creative hub for small businesses and cultural organisations. Ostend plans to use its budget to work on a strategy to cut noise from the A10 by converting the motorway route into an avenue.
The port of Antwerp will use the grant to look into ways of converting the old railway marshalling yard Spoor Oost into a site for the annual Sinksenfoor fair (pictured), which was forced to move from the Zuid district because of complaints about noise. The site would also be redeveloped as a city park as well as a car park.
The former mining town of Genk plans to look into the possibility of developing an old mining railway as an axis that would bring together scattered urban districts, including the Ford factory site, which will close at the end of the year.
Ghent wants to bring together interest groups to improve the Muide-Meulestede district for residents, while Lokeren wants to involve residents, shopkeepers and commuters in a project to upgrade the neighbourhood around the station.
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