Specifically, this relates to the location of the street art brewery parking lot of two large pools (zone 2), the location of the current car park of the Pelgrim restaurant (zone 1) and the location of the old barns where the pop – summer and winter bars of the brewery often sit (zone 3) .
“Scattered over these three areas, there will be 45 apartments, 17 homes, a hotel with 27 rooms and 4 commercial buildings with an average of 204 square metres. We also offer 185 new parking spaces and 300 bike sheds. In Zone 3 there will be a communal patio with an area of more than 3,000 square metres,” explains Catherine van Gottheem of LIFE.
Project developers LIFE and Triple Living are collaborating to develop the three areas. They then work with the architects TRANS, B-architecture and Robbrecht en Daem, each responsible for one area.
In Zone 1, the area between Covelierstraat and Grote Steenweg, construction work is taking place around the existing Pelgrim Restaurant. “There will be a cozy courtyard that will open to the surrounding streets through narrow alleys. Three new buildings will be built around the central square with trees, plants, terraces and craft shops, including a 27-room hotel,” says Van Goethe.
In Zone 2, next to the brewery where there is now a parking lot, the alleys will be extended. “The historic yeast tower will remain a striking feature of this area in the future, but the focus here is firmly on the expansion of craft activities. Offices will be provided on the floors. Behind the street-side buildings we are creating a hidden courtyard on the Haringrodestraat and a cozy courtyard that you can access along the side of the street. Boomgaardstraat”.
The last area, across the Haringrodestraat, is the largest project. “It is about improving an interior area with empty warehouses adjacent to the various houses and in which a lot of neighbors share. In the plans we anticipate a residential expansion with a mix of apartments and terraced houses, a large green yard in front of the building, underground parking and communal bike shades within walking distance of the houses Different. Existing neighbors can choose to connect their home gardens with each other, giving them a huge communal garden,” says Eileen Seles.
At De Koninck brewery, they are already excited about the plans. “We will get more atmosphere in the neighborhood of the alleys and the crafts that are already on our site. The existing alley already houses a bakery and a butcher. “It’s not the intention of having the same type of entrepreneurs in the new buildings, but there are things Additional to our current offer.
Since there will be housing in the hut area, there will no longer be a winter or summer bar like Wintar and Smokey Jo’s. “But there are certainly enough businesses in the area to accommodate that, particularly with the soon-to-be-opened Repasse Restaurant in the Afspanning De Hand location.”
The necessary permits are submitted in the first few months. The construction work will then continue in different phases, each phase taking about two years to complete. Triple Living and LIFE hope they can be up and running in about eight months. “We are of course doing everything we can to lighten the burden on the neighborhood as much as possible.”