timesSupermarket chain Colruyt has permission to demolish the existing branch in Temse and replace it with a new building. The new store will be built on stilts. This will allow covered parking on the ground floor. Your current DATS gas station will disappear.
The current store dates back to 1986 and is in dire need of replacement. So Colruyt has applied for an environmental permit to demolish the existing store and build a new one on the same site. The municipality refused the permit for mobility reasons and based on new rules on the mandatory number of parking spaces per square meter of retail space. Colruyt appealed for a boycott. He did not see any defects in the file and has now obtained a permit.
A year and a half of work
The supermarket chain hopes to start operating early next year. “The business will take at least a year and a half,” says Gijs Roekaerts, director of expansion at Colruyt. “Since the current branch must be demolished, a suitable location for a temporary emergency store will first be searched. We have been looking for this for a while, but it is not an easy task.”
New build on piles
The new building will be built on piles and the ground profile will be larger than the existing store. This means that the outdoor parking area will be slightly smaller. However, this is offset by the fact that customers can also park their car under the store. “This is an advantage in bad weather,” Rockerts explains. There will be 76 covered parking spaces, seventeen bicycle spaces and three motorbike spaces. The assembly point is still on the ground floor. Now in the outdoor car park there are 96 places and in the future there will be 53 places. The current DATS gas station will disappear and will not return.
Less noise pollution
Visitors arrive at the store via escalator or elevator.” The retail space itself will be expanded by about a quarter. “This means that we will also offer a wide range of products in the new building,” says Roekaerts. The situation should improve for local residents, because the unloading dock It moves from the Vrijheidstraat side to the rear of the building.” In addition, the unloading berth was covered to neutralize the disturbing noise. We also provide a buffer green space with sterilizers. The new building will also be a little higher.
Crossing for endangered road users
Colruyt purchased a number of buildings in the adjacent August Wautersstraat in the past with the intention of expansion. It was demolished two years ago. The space does not appear to be necessary for the realization of the new building plans. Nor will there be a new exit for cars. “In the long term, lane will be provided for vulnerable road users,” continues Rockerts. “The rest of the plot of land will be redeveloped for occupancy.”
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