The future of Parc de la Poudrerie is as nebulous as ever. For almost 5 years, this 137 hectare inexperienced lung, shared between the municipalities of Livry-Gargan, Sevran, Vaujours and Villepinte, has been the topic of bitter discussions between the elected officers of Seine-Saint-Denis and the State.
Owner of the website, the latter has supported the implementation of a “future project” for this inexperienced area, the upkeep of which is thought of too costly. But when it comes time to designate the undertaking leaders liable for rehabilitating and revitalizing the locations, the mayors of the 4 cities involved are displaying their concern.
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This “future project” plans to “identify operators capable of reinvesting part of the built heritage by developing new activities there, while bringing out innovative projects”, remind the elected officers.
Twelve buildings out of the thirty that make up the park are involved. More than two years after the launch of a name for expressions of curiosity, the account is not there, notes Pierre-Yves Martin (DVD), the mayor of Livry-Gargan. “Investors had positioned themselves, he assures, but they gave up after the Ministry of the Armed Forces changed course. “
“The State wants to keep its assets and offers long-term leases”
Frequented each year by 1.3 million people, the Poudrerie park is a remnant of the Bondy forest. It owes its name to the national powder production factory which settled there from 1873. The closure of the site a century later resulted in the destruction of almost all industrial buildings. There are around thirty left today, most of which belong to the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
Which therefore operated an about-face according to several observers who follow the file. “The State has gone from seller to lessor”, regrets one of them. “He wants to keep his assets and now offers long-term leases,” confirms another.
However, the state of deterioration of the buildings concerned by the call for expressions of interest requires heavy work, and therefore money. A lot of money. In fine, project leaders hope to make their investments profitable, and this becomes more uncertain without a title deed.
Social housing in the Dautriche pavilion
According to our information, only the application of the social landlord Toit et Joie, whose apartments are intended for La Poste agents, had been retained. His project would consist in rehabilitating only the Austrian flag, a 2,350 m 2 building located near the Poudrerie golf course, by installing social housing.
“The objective is to make the park attractive with leisure activities, activities and artistic projects while preserving the setting and heritage,” remembers Pierre-Yves Martin. This undertaking is not consistent with the imaginative and prescient carried by the mayors throughout their mobilization to safeguard this wooded space with distinctive ecological richness. “
In 2016, the petition to this impact from the mayor of Tremblay-en-France François Asensi (FG) – who was then additionally a deputy – had collected greater than 20,000 signatures. The elected consultant pleads for “physical and cultural activities to be held there, in order to really take into account this green diamond of Seine-Saint-Denis. I am not opposed to social housing on principle, but not in this place! “
We’ll erase everything and start again…
The fears of elected officials in the sector were also heard by the departmental council, which joined them in denouncing the project. “The Austrian pavilion is very degraded and we thought we could find an ambitious project to promote this heritage,” he mentioned. Taking under consideration the constraints of the constructing and the inadequacy of the undertaking with the high quality of the website, we are going to suggest to declare the name for tasks with out follow-up. “
In different phrases, we erase all the pieces and begin over … The departmental council subsequently asks the Armies “to take the necessary steps to stop the continued degradation of this building”. Solicited since final Thursday, the ministry had not responded to us at the time of this writing.