On Friday, October 2, 2015, the headquarters of the most important public landlord of Metropolitan Lille (MEL) was inaugurated. This building fits into the dynamism of the Métropole eco-neighborhood at the Union, and for the president of Lille Metropole Damien Castelain, symbolizes the strength of the partnership between Greater Lille, the cities, and the local activists who are all working to fulfill the demand for quality housing for all.
Surrounded by the mayors of three communities of the Union Metropolitan Eco-neighborhood, Damien Castelain, President of the Lille Metropolitan area, recalled the leading role of the Metropole in the local housing policy. To build more sustainably, with greater solidarity, are the pillars of this new policy. For this, the MEL “counts on all its partners to contribute to the development of the supply” and to overcome the housing deficit that affects the territory.
The city must also respond to the increasingly diverse needs of its inhabitants, in terms of so-called “very social” housing for the elderly, inter-generational housing and co-housing . During this inauguration, Damien Castelain reminded his audience of the recent support of the city for student housing, with a contribution of more than 1.8 million Euros to the Reeflex student residence at Villeneuve d’Ascq.
The construction of the headquarters of the Lille Metropole Habitat (LMH) also contributes to the development of one of the major public spaces of the Union eco-neighborhood at the entrance of Tourcoing. The large path that emerges from 425 Gambetta Boulevard--with its large sidewalks and its bus route—will eventually cross the eco-neighborhood of Lille from east to west and reconnect to Wattrelos.
Lille Metropole Habitat in figures
- 32,000 dwelling units,
- 27% of the Metropole’s social housing stock,
- Present in 40 communities in the Lille Metropolitan Area,
- 8,260 square meters of office space,
- 300 collaborators,
- Cost of the new headquarters and parking silo of 220 spaces: 29.7 Million Euros.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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