The Rode Weeshuisstraat in the heart of Groningen will be undergoing a major metamorphosis: by 2020, the Aldi supermarket building will be replaced by a market hall and 40 apartments.
Translation by Traci White
The city block between the Rode Weeshuisstraat (between the Oude Ebbingestraat and the Oude Boteringestraat) and the Stalstraat will be completed transformed in the coming years. MWPO, the real estate development company behind the Merckt on the Grote Markt and the Student hotel, is developing the plans to transform the street along with a consortium of other Dutch developers and architects.
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the area will eventually have a Mercado, which means “market” in Spanish. The market hall will take up thousands of square meters and be filled with craftspeople selling primarily local goods, from bakers to butchers and greengrocers. The market hall will be located on a newly created inner square, which will be called the Stalplein.
On top of the market hall, there will be around 40 owner-occupied apartments built in stages and a rooftop garden space. Next door, in the former warehouses of the V&D department building on the Rode Weeshuistraat, MWPO will also be creating 24 apartments that will be marketed to young professionals
A preview of the plans is currently on display at the Grote Markt during Let’s Gro, and the plans is to have the renovation works completed by late 2020.
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