Elmen, a whole new village to be build in Kehlen

Spotted in @paperjam.lu

Provision of new housing is not just a priority in Belgium, but increasingly so in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. We have regularly reported on initiatives, and the latest to be revealed is the creation of a whole new village in the commune of Kehlen.

The SNHBM (Société Nationale des Habitations à Bon Marché), whose mission is to provide low cost housing, is joining forces with the commune of Kehlen to build what is described as a new village to be called Elmen, on a site extending to 27 hectares. This project is believed to be one of the largest ever undertaken by the SNHBM in its one hundred year history, reports paperjam.lu. The site itself is currently unconstructed and will see some 750 to 800 housing units emerge from these fields. The housing will be affordable and will be accompanied by public services such as a school, a public hall, car parking, shops… The total number of new inhabitants is expected, once all the phases are complete, to be in the region of 2,000. Another feature of the housing is that the constructions will be sustainable and largely made up of wood. Soft mobility rather than cars will also be encouraged. Specially provided car parks will be used by inhabitants, who will reach their houses on foot from these facilities.

Construction on this major project started some ago and has reached the stage where show houses are now able to be seen. At the current time, 16 apartment blocks with a total of 116 units are under construction, along with 46 family houses. This central phase will eventually see, paperjam goes on to say, a total of 388 residential units and will represent a little over half of the total site area. The first units are scheduled to be ready for occupation from the middle of next year. Total construction is expected to last around fifteen years, and the overall budget is in the region of 268 million Euros.