De Huismeesters, a Groningen-based housing corporation, has announced plans to demolish and replace up to 2,000 rental properties in the city.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that many properties which were built between 1950 and 1970 are scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt. Many structures that were built in the post-war period between the ‘50s and ‘70s were often made from cheap materials and needed to be completed quickly to replace damaged homes.
The housing corporation is planning to replace the older units with more environmentally friendly structures that are better insulated. The company also announced plans to upgrade around 4,000 additional properties across the city. The demolition and replacement operations are projected to cost around 300 million euros.
De Wijert and Selwerd
The housing corporation will start in De Wijert neighbourhood, where they plan to tear down 262 units and replace them with single family dwellings and apartments with a lift, which will enable elderly citizens to live there as well. De Huismeesters are also planning to sell 112 additional units due to the high demand for starter homes in the city. The corporation intends to reinvest the profits from the sales into building more affordable rental properties.
In Selwerd, around 70 units on the Kornoeljestraat and the Vlierstraat will be refurbished and made more sustainable: the homes will be connected to the heating grid instead of the natural gas network.
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