Following the total renovation of the Anspach Galleries which reopened a few years ago, AG Real Estate has now given details of its renovation project for the neighbouring ‘Centre Monnaie’, also on the Boulevard Anspach. Set to be completed and operational for 2016, and renamed ‘The Mint’ this ageing city centre monument will be given a total new look and will accommodate 15,000 m² of retail units on the ground floor. Units of up to 4,000 m² will be available, some overlooking the Place de la Monnaie. The architects have scheduled a spectacular glazed entrance stretching up three floors.
The Centre Monnaie benefits from a direct link to the Rue Neuve, Brussels’ main shopping street (itself set to be renovated and given a new look). The City of Brussels is supporting all of these renovation projects, including the Centre Monnaie, which will also receive a new entrance to the de Brouckère metro/tram station, a strategic hub. This part of the city also takes in the Grand’Place and is thus extremely well visited. More than 15 million annual visitors come here.
The Place de Brouckère is itself set to be rejuvenated, and a City of Brussels plan would see this part of the city centre becoming pedestrianised.