URBAN PLANNING The industrial wasteland, unoccupied for ten years due to a legal dispute, could finally be sold to the metropolis of Angers
The former television factory stretches along Boulevard Birgé to the east of Angers. — Google street view
It’s a huge wasteland of 13.5 hectares located in the Croix-Blanche district, along the boulevard Birgé east of Angers. The Thomson factory (Technicolor group), which employed 340 people for the production of televisions and then decoders, has closed. its doors in October 2012. Ten years later, the industrial site is still unoccupied; and even displays a sorry state. But the case seems to be clearing up. On Monday evening, the community council of Angers Loire Métropole voted; an envelope of 10 million euros for the purchase of the premises from the judicial liquidator. In addition to the land and green spaces, the lot includes various buildings (7,000 m2) including workshops and offices.
If the offer is accepted, the metropolis undertakes to also pay for the depollution of the site as well as the costs of guarding and insurance. Additional expenses that could drive up the bill charge of the community to around 13 million euros.
A first offer to 6.5 million euros
Interested in its “requalification”, the metropolis of Angers had tried to in 2013 to buy the Thomson site for 6.5’million euros, before suddenly withdrawing given the estimated clean-up costs. A legal dispute, still in progress, had then begun. with the judicial liquidator of Thomson.
In the long term, many homes and offices could be built; the location of the wasteland.