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Major Redevelopment Planned for Downtown Martelly in Gra...

Major Redevelopment Planned for Downtown Martelly in Grasse, France

The corporate group Bouygues Immobilier has been chosen as leader of an ambitious development project to be completed by 2021. We can expect to see some radical changes to the downtown of Martelly Quarter.  Imagine, it’s year 2022 and visitors arrive in Grasse from the east, in the direction of the new Martelly quarter. They park in one

View of Grasse, France in 2021

The corporate group Bouygues Immobilier has been chosen as leader of an ambitious development project to be completed by 2021. We can expect to see some radical changes to the downtown of Martelly Quarter. 

Imagine, it's year 2022 and visitors arrive in Grasse from the east, in the direction of the new Martelly quarter. They park in one of the new parking lots where they can connect their electric car to one of the recharge stations. Then, they can take a panoramic elevator to one of the esplanades.

There, pedestrian walkways connect to bars and cafés, and lead shoppers to the markets and various boutiques, including the new generation of Monoprix. A gourmet break can be enjoyed afterwards at one of the multiple café terraces.

In the afternoon, time for some culture. This can start with a tour of the grand library, in the nearby old town center. A short stroll will take visitors to the International Perfume Museum to see the latest exhibition.

In the evening, back to Martelly via the Esplanade de la Buanderie with its waterways and green spaces, a glass elevator descends to the cinema. After watching a new 3D movie, visitors can finish off the night with a nightcap. 

Could this all be a dream? No, it is a projection of the not-so-far-off future. At least, this is the wish of City and Region of Grasse Development, which has just kicked off this long-awaited project for the joint development zone (ZAC) of Martelly.

The project plans include an eco-neighborhood, with street-facing shops, underground parking, and housing. There will also be bars, a cinema complex, vista points to enjoy the views of the sea, landscaped green spaces, waterways and pedestrian paths, panoramic elevators, and more.

Before and After image of Martelly quarter, Grasse, France in 2021

The Martelly Neighborhood in Figures

  • A 2.2 hectare (5.4 acres) site including a BP gas station and a Renault garage; two parking lots in Martelly and Notre-Dame des Fleurs; a Monoprix store; Kalin islet with the Oasis Hotel and the Place de la Buanderie--where the Tourism Office is located;
  • 18,500 square meters (4.6 acres) of floor space including: 7,000 to 8,000 square meters for stores (1.7-1.9 acres); a new generation Monoprix; 7,000-8,000 square meters for housing (1.7-1.9 acres)--equivalent to 174 apartments, of which 36 are affordable.
  • A cinema complex with 5 to 7 rooms, equivalent to 3,000 square meters (0.74 acres) to be used by Cap Cinema;
  • A hotel with 70-90 rooms, which will be built by the current owner of the closed Oasis Hotel;
  • Around 700 new parking spots, private for the future residents and public;
  • 34 meters (112 feet) of altitude difference between Buanderie and Gambetta.

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Original article, originally published in French here.

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Carmen Phillips is a graduate of Oberlin College and is currently pursuing her masters in French Translation at Kent State University. Carmen spent the last year in Lyon, France teaching English to primary school children and had the opportunity to i...

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