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EU-funded Old Dockyards project radically transformed the area into a brand new vibrant quarter of Ghent

Now citizens can live and work near the waterfront in a green and sustainable environment

  • August 09, 2018 21:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Years ago, the port of Ghent was located in the Old Dockyards area. However, port activities gradually moved to the new municipal port. Gradually, the vicinity of the Old Dockyards fell into disrepair. Things are starting to change now. Thanks to the EU-funded Old Dockyards project, the area is being radically transformed into a brand new vibrant quarter, where citizens can live and work near the waterfront and in a green, sustainable environment. One of the first components to the project involved renovating the quay walls to ensure their safety and stability.

The Old Dockyard’s project aims to help Ghent solve its housing shortage by  providing approximately 1 500 new housing units, along with a range of office and retail spaces, and recreational, cultural and natural areas. Public services include an elementary school, day care centre and neighbourhood sports hall. The entire area is connected to the city centre via an extension of the public transport network, bicycle and pedestrian bridges. Total investment for the project “Creation of a new city district next to Gent” is 2 480 000 euro, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing through the “Flanders” Operational Programme.

Source: European Committee of the Regions

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