door Olivier Beherman

Health Invest, the property developer from Antwerp, is in the running for a plot of land in the centre of Jemappes, not far from Mons. This concerns the terrain of the former Royal Athenaeum of Jemappes in Mons, an educational institution where, in the past, a large number of people have followed their education, but that has now been vacant for years.

The plan is to demolish the old school buildings and to earmark the majority of the plot of land for rebuilding. A total surface area of nearly 8,000 square metres is involved. A few strict conditions have been set for the rebuilding work. The old trees on the plot of land may not be felled, because they are of great natural value. In fact, the trees will be incorporated into the building plan. On the one hand that is a burden, on the other hand it is an advantage, as the public green space in the new neighbourhood will immediately acquire a mature character.

Taking into account the existing green spaces, the necessary access roads and paving, as well as parking facilities, the plot offers space to some 61 flats with one, two or more bedrooms and various garages. The development will be constructed in the form of a garden, with plenty of public green space. Within the foreseeable future, it will be announced whether Health Invest may proceed with the project in Jemappes.

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