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Petits-Moulins' Ecodistrict in Oye-Plage, France Provides Provisional Parking During Construction

The Porte-des-Petits-Moulins Ecodistrict, in the north of France, has been on the table since 2009. Located at the west entrance of the municipality, it is planned as an environmentally friendly space: bicycles and pedestrian zones will be preferred to cars. The watergang will be integrated, splitting the neighborhood in two. “It will not be accessible by car, specified Mayor Olivier

Oye-Plage, Pas-de-Calais, France

The Porte-des-Petits-Moulins Ecodistrict, in the north of France, has been on the table since 2009. Located at the west entrance of the municipality, it is planned as an environmentally friendly space: bicycles and pedestrian zones will be preferred to cars. The watergang will be integrated, splitting the neighborhood in two. “It will not be accessible by car, specified Mayor Olivier Majewicz. There will only be a pedestrian walking bridge.” The street lamps will use LED bulbs, the housing units will be facing the south to limit the use of heating and green spaces will be abundant. The structures will mainly be housing units but “commercial spaces can be considered,” according to the mayor.

Started on September 7th, construction for the Ecodistrict of the Petits-Moulins will last six months. A new parking area is planned for the parents of students of the local school.

“Starting this morning, we are directing parents of students to park in this provisional parking area,” explains an officer of the local police charged with supervising the entry and the exit of the school in Petits-Moulins. In fact, the construction site of the Ecodistrict of the Petits-Moulins, located just behind Mimosas Alley, disrupts traffic: one part of the normal parking is sealed off to allow the trucks to cross the street. Gravel has been deposited on several yards to allow the parents of students to park their vehicles. “By parking in this manner, they have even more space than before, commented a local government officer. We ask them, in return, to park close together in order to maximize space.”

Temporary parking for School of the Petits-Moulins during ecodistrict construction at Oye-Plage

During a construction meeting, the mayor reminded workers that their vehicles (simple or construction engine) are not supposed to be parked in this provisional parking, especially planned for the school during the time of construction. Similarly, during the six months of construction, no deliveries can be made during the starting or dismissal hours.

The first phase of the construction of the ecodistrict includes 60 housing units on 4.1 hectares (or 10.13 acres) of land.

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Original article, originally published in French, here

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