The fate of the Joséphine-Baker residence, in Niort, takes up the urban council

The fate of the Joséphine-Baker residence, in Niort, takes up the urban council
The fate of the Joséphine-Baker residence, in Niort, takes up the urban council

The debate around the future Joséphine-Baker residence took hold of the community council on Monday June 24, 2024. The Niort opposition in fact asked the agglomeration to explain the reversal of the project denounced by the Cap’ association. Youth housing.

She has in fact announced that she has been removed from the management of the future residence. She denounces a change of project, which would no longer be a youth housing residence and therefore would offer less social support.

“Why this change of heart at the last moment? »

It is at the turn of a deliberation providing the community’s guarantee for a loan requested by Semie (the mixed real estate and economic company majority owned by the agglomeration and the City of Niort, and of which Jérôme Baloge is president) as part of the construction of the residence, that Sébastien Mathieu (Niort new energy) spoke.

“Why this change of heart at the last moment? Do the subsidies as part of the initial economic package, particularly from the Department or the Region, still hold? »

Vice-President Jacques Billy also expressed his concern, he who initially planned to abstain before being “reassured” by Jérôme Baloge ahead of the meeting.

“Neither the elected officials nor the conference of mayors of the Can were informed, a thus deplored the mayor of Aiffres. There is a change in social support, in a difficult geographical area. » “There is a democratic problem in our assembly”, concluded François Gibert (Niort new energy).

Picking up the thread of the discussions, Jérôme Baloge (who had withdrawn from the deliberation, due to his links with the Semie) assured that it would indeed be a youth housing residence, welcoming an audience of 16 to 25 years as a priority, “in a social and sustainable way”.

“It would be good if everyone was aligned on the subject”he asked, recalling that in fact, it had been necessary to face financial difficulties and that the loan taken out by Semie had been necessary for its sustainability.

Seventy renovated housing units on rue Champollion

Deux-Sèvres Habitat is undertaking to renovate 70 homes, rue Champollion in Niort, to improve energy efficiency (replacement of exterior joinery, heating, insulation, etc.), for an amount of 1.993 million euros.

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