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TOWN PLANNING l Mechelen, ideal central location - Interview with Greet Geypen

Mechelen’s position exactly midway between Antwerp and Brussels, on the country’s busiest rail route, represents an enormous advantage for the city: it is just 10 minutes to Brussels and 20 minutes to Antwerp. With some impressive infrastructure projects, Mechelen is preparing to put itself emphatically on the map in the next few years for both residential developments, offices and retail.

Work in Mechelen’s Station district is in full swing and is intended to improve the station’s accessibility and divert through traffic around the city. Behind the new station building, an underground car park with capacity for 2,000 cars is being completed. In addition, a ‘tangent’ is being created – a link road with two lanes in each direction which will bring traffic leaving the E19 at the Mechelen-Zuid exit to within just one minute from the Station district and provide direct access to the car park. In the first phase, to be completed by summer 2016, the improvement of transport is central.

Greet Geypen Alderman for Spatial Planning, Housing, Urban Regeneration, Real Estate Policy, Youth & Family, Monument Preservation and Agriculture.: “This optimisation of access makes Mechelen more attractive as a residential centre than ever before. We already have 82,000 inhabitants, and are expecting a substantial population rise. The new residential properties which will be built must offer a balanced mix of upper- and midrange dwellings, as Mechelen essentially already has a sufficient supply in the lower-range housing category.”

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 | 14-05-13



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