One year late for the solidarity restaurant in Plaine-d’Ozon

One year late for the solidarity restaurant in Plaine-d’Ozon
One year late for the solidarity restaurant in Plaine-d’Ozon

The solidarity restaurant project in Plaine-d’Ozon has been delayed by a year. A steering committee meeting held on Tuesday, July 9, presented a new schedule.

This beautiful project was launched in 2020, already, under the aegis of an association founded for the occasion and named Le Goût des autres. Objective? To create a solidarity and integration restaurant in the Ozon district, offering meals at reduced prices. The establishment would employ six part-time integration employees (thirty hours per week), with a technical supervisor in the kitchen and a coordinator, Leïla Delage.

We have been waiting for two years. Inevitably, this calls into question the credibility of the project.

Nathalie Imbert

“The restaurant will have a capacity of forty covers. It will be open for lunch on Monday and Friday, plus on Friday evenings for festive evenings. It is a solidarity restaurant but also a place of entertainment and meetings for the inhabitants”explains Nathalie Imbert, one of the initiators of the project.

Meals, prepared using seasonal produce, preferably from short supply chains, would be priced from €5 to €12, depending on resources.

The location is in the former supermarket on rue Alfred-de-Vigny. Sem Habitat bought the premises and then had to rent 150 m² to the association. It was this real estate transaction, in particular, that meant that the initial schedule, with an opening date of December 2023, was not met.

Opening mid-December 2024?

“Sem Habitat was first supposed to buy the premises. The signing at the notary’s office only took place in May 2023. Then there had to be a call for tenders for the work, the filing of the building permit, etc. We were also waiting for the release of the envelope from the City of Châtellerault (a subsidy to Sem), which was only done last May.”says Nathalie Imbert in substance. In the end, work on site did not begin until May 2024.

“We have been waiting for two years, since obtaining the integration structure approval. Inevitably, this calls into question the credibility of the project.”regrets Nathalie Imbert. “It creates a lot of concern and questions among people.”notes Aurélien Longé-Létang, another initiator of the operation.

A new timetable has now been put forward: the handover of the keys to the premises is planned for October 2024. We are on schedule, if there are no problems.”confirms Franck Decourt, of the Sem Habitat. “A month will be needed to fit out the premises. Employees should arrive in mid-November for an opening in mid-December.”announces Nathalie Imbert.

What about integration credits?

A small grain of sand could, however, come and jam the mechanism. If the association has closed the investment budget of €190,000, there remains a doubt about the operating budget which would amount, at cruising speed, to €337,000. « On is awaiting validation by DEETS (Department of Economy, Employment, Work and Solidarity) of the number of positions supported under the integration scheme”says Aurélien Longé-Létang. All this is happening in a general context of a drop in integration credits (1 billion euros less nationally). Response soon.

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