Wiltz brings growth to Luxembourg's north
(CS) A project to turn a former leather factory in Wiltz into a residential and business area is set to attract 1,700 new residents to the area and create 250 jobs.
Demolition works kicked off on Wednesday, with Housing Minister Marco Schank, and representatives of the “Fonds du Logement” and the city of Wiltz at hand for the project launch.
With decontamination of building materials, as well as the clean-up of the derelict land expected to last several months, an eight-month competition will launch in autumn to collect ideas for the design of Wiltz's new district.
While a large part of the old buildings will disappear, the 65-metre tall chimney of the old factory will remain in place, with the goal that the new developments, together with the remaining historical features of the site, will bring a unique identity to the project.
The river Wiltz, which runs through the development, will also be renaturalised, with the environment, water management and health departments involved in the planning.
In the end, 650 new flats and businesses providing 250 jobs are planned to bring new life to the northern town, which hopes to become the capital of the Ardennes.
Reporting by John Lamberty