Pierre Cuny, who is a doctor by profession, knows that the effects of a treatment are measured over time. To boost population growth in his city, the mayor administered a shock treatment in 2016: “To maintain the city’s population level, Thionville needs 250 new housing units per year, he estimates. There were only 180 housing units under the previous municipality, so a loss of inhabitants (100) are later noted. Because in terms of demographics, any decision made at the moment T finds its effects six, seven years later. »
Exactly, we are there today: in six years, this majority represents the creation of 2,586 homes in total “including 1,000 social housing units… And this is only the beginning. The course is engraved in stone in the Territorial Cohesion Scheme (SCoT). It aims to bring Thionville (40,778 inhabitants identified in 2019) into the galaxy of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants: “The goal is to bring back 10,000 or even 12,000 additional inhabitants in 2032. That is, to create 6,000 homes. »
Property programs will be frozen in several neighborhoods
This decision may seem to contradict the ambition described above. And yet Pierre Cuny assumes it: “We are going to slow down, at least to pay close attention to the real estate projects in Beuvange, Volkrange, Metzange, Elange and Veymerange. »
The reason is due to the initiated rebalancing of the city. During the next few years, a new district will grow on the left bank. Another building complex will echo that on the right bank, the station district. Pierre Cuny has a mathematical approach to the demographic impact of these two new residential areas: “This represents 1,800 future housing units. We have already completed almost 2,600. In our forecast, we will therefore only have 1,700 housing units left to reach the set target. Our interest is therefore to level out these new buildings over time. »
The interest also consists in not overloading this highly desirable western district: “Not a day goes by without someone offering me a real estate project in these districts… This appetite testifies to their attractiveness, but also to the fact that all public services need to be upgraded to meet these demands. For example, we have to build a new secondary school in Volkrange, and we also have this new multi-reception project on the border with Terville. In the meantime, and also to preserve the quality of life and the identity of the villages, it will be necessary to moderate the constructions. ” Where long? “Two years, I think.”
It will no longer be possible to build in these neighborhoods
This municipal testament only concerns large real estate projects: “I exclude from my vision individual houses and extension works on existing homes. I don’t completely close the door to small collectives either. Although I strongly encourage the promoters to share our vision…” The mayor therefore plays the card for dialogue with the developers. He could use a legal weapon to push back applications for planning permission, in this case postponing the case until the adoption of the next local urban plan: “It is not relevant”, he decides.