After years of preparation, two striking construction projects are coming up to speed on Dampoort. And in both cases it concerns new places to give the densely built-up neighborhood more breathing space and to allow residents to meet each other.
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Breaking and demolition takes place in the Wasserij der Vlaanderen in the Toekomststraat. The last washes in the industrial laundry date from 2011. But a new future for the large empty building is now finally in sight: a meeting place for local residents with offices, a local shop, a catering business, workshops and a multipurpose space.
At the same time, a stone’s throw away, the Heilig Hartkerk is also being renovated. The enormous church was desecrated years ago and is being made accessible and furnished as a second place for the neighborhood. The church will include a social neighborhood restaurant and spaces for activities.
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This includes a large-scale plan to boost the Dampoort district up to speed. With ‘En Route’, the previous city council set up a whole series of projects to make the neighborhood around Dendermondsesteenweg more liveable.
It also fits in with this: the much-discussed local circulation plan that is ready. That should remove a lot of through car traffic from the residential streets of the Dampoort district. The plan would be implemented this fall or early next year, depending on the yard at the Dampoort roundabout.
The Laundry should be finished by next spring. “A lot of consultation took place before the design and I am pleased that we will now see results quickly,” says Sami Souguir (Open VLD), alderman for Urban Development. “This year we will also be looking for an administrator for the site from Sogent.”
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