New housing units for sale at cost price in Brussels’ ‘Quartier des Trèfles’

Didier Van Den Eynde

A new sustainable district is scheduled for Anderlecht: ‘Le Quartier des Trèfles’. 2.6 hectares, at the corner of rue Delwart and rue des Trèfles, where 466 housing units are to be built. The Housing Fund (Fonds du logement) of the Brussels-Capital Region is managing this development, the largest project ever carried out by this public organization. As part of the ‘Alliance Habitat’ programme set up by the Brussels Region in 2013, the Housing Fund was mandated with delivering 1,000 homes able to be purchased by low-income households. To design this major development, an advisory committee was established, made up of the Brussels Bouwmeester, Bruxelles-Environnement, and the commune of Anderlecht.

To promote architectural diversity, the future district has been structured into three plots of land. Their construction will be entrusted to three different associations depending on the results of the call for tenders launched in early 2020 for this public contract. The first block has been awarded to R2D2 Architecture and Urban Platform which, in association with Houyoux, will build 181 housing units.The architectural bureaus of Cerau and Carnoy-Crayon have designed a set of 159 housing units to be built by the temporary association Valens and Dewaele. The construction of the third block, comprising 126 housing units and a nursery, has been conceived by LD2 Architecture and Archiwind and will be built by the temporary association Democo and In-Advance. The start of construction works is expected in 2024*.

The masterplan of this district was carried out according to the ‘Sustainable District’ benchmark established by Bruxelles-Environnement. Particular attention has been paid to ensuring soft mobility with a reduction in parking spaces in favor of bicycle spaces as well as the provision of spaces for shared cars. This district will integrate shops and many collective facilities and services: a nursery, a bicycle workshop, a ‘repair’ café, a laundry and premises for liberal professions.

These homes will be sold at cost price at the tax rate of 6% to make them accessible to low, modest and middle income households. The Housing Fund offers mortgage loan formulas that can cover up to 120% of the value of the property and, under the 'Alliance Habitat' program, the possibility of deferring payment of up to 30% of the sale price.* Said Mastari, Real Estate Director of the Housing Fund specifies: “There is no waiting list or priority candidates. As long as the acquirers meet the income categories of the Fund, this will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.” **

* source dhnet ** source La libre Immo