Large puddles of water, several meters long, cover the Maurice-Thorez slab in the Malassis district in Bagnolet (Seine-Saint-Denis). “And again, if it had rained today, it would be worse!” We can’t even get through at certain times, ”plagues a retiree. This raised slab in relation to rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, which houses many public facilities, including the Erik-Satie conservatory and the swimming pool, is visibly tired. She will just disappear.
In any case, this is what is provided for in the agreement that the city of Bagnolet, the Est Ensemble territory and the National Agency for Urban Renewal (ANRU) have just signed, recording the new urban renovation operations that will be launched in the districts of Malassis and La Noue, in Bagnolet. One hundred and twenty-seven million euros – including 50.5 provided by Anru and 56.6 by Est Ensemble – will be spent to transform these two sectors and rebuild many public facilities.
Conservatory, swimming pool, gymnasium…
“The Thorez slab is dilapidated and is experiencing difficulties in the evacuation of rainwater which causes infiltration, underlines Cédric Pape, deputy mayor (PS) in charge of development and town planning. More generally, it poses a problem of accessibility and inclusion since it is not or hardly passable without help by people with reduced mobility. Its destruction will also make it possible to demolish the space to create a new place whose revegetation is planned in the ground, a choice which is part of the fight against the effects of global warming. »
The Malassis swimming pool will be destroyed and rebuilt at the level of the Malassis stadium from a removable temporary pool used during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The new equipment will also house a dojo. The new conservatory will be built at the corner of rue Angela-Davis and rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie. It will have an auditorium which will replace the Malassis theater currently present under the slab.
A new social center will also be built, while the Maurice-Baquet gymnasium will be renovated. Anru will also participate in the financing of the new Pêche-d’Or school, the construction of which on the former Malassis sheepfold has caused so much controversy.
Ninety-seven social housing units will be rehabilitated at 32, rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie. Two buildings of 12 and 17 floors, each comprising 42 and 85 dwellings, will also be destroyed at 18 and 40, rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, the latter address being known as the Honda tower in Bagnolet. The destruction of 37-45 rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, which had been considered for a time, was ultimately not retained.
“We have started the rehousing of the inhabitants of the two buildings affected by the destruction. Operations have progressed faster at 18, because the demolition has been in place for longer, “explains Stéphane Roche, deputy director general of human resources and rental policies at Est Ensemble Habitat, the public landlord to which the former Public Office of the habitat of Bagnolet.
Major nuisances in perspective
“The political will is to keep public facilities open during the works,” notes Cédric Pape. We will have to adapt the places to the nuisances they will generate and constantly ensure the safety of the families. It is a complex work that requires serious study. Est Ensemble has therefore just launched a mission of scheduling, planning and coordination of urban programming, the objective of which is to stabilize a phasing. A study on the technical (structure of the slab, identification of networks), legal (composition of the slab, occupancy leases) and financial (management of the slab) aspects will make it possible to plan the interventions as well as possible. »
At Malassis, work should start in 2025 with “the rehabilitation of 32, rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, the demolition of 18 and the southern part of the slab. In 2026, the demolition of building 40 and the northern part of the slab will start,” says Cédric Pape.
In the Noue district, the slab will for its part be redeveloped with the creation of play areas, a patio, and the improvement of the pedestrian service. A car park will be destroyed in order to enlarge the planted promenade towards the Jean-Moulin-Les-Guilands park. One hundred and sixty-five dwellings, located on avenue Jean-Lolive, will also be rehabilitated.
The “forgotten” Capsulerie district
“Obviously, we are very favorable to these investments, but there is a district which remains forgotten in these operations, it is that of the Capsulerie”, regrets Pierre Vionnet, elected opposition representative (DVG), who also deplores the demolition of the Honda Tower. “This decision is not accepted by all residents,” he said. Because it is a quality building”.
He is also worried about the work schedule: “We are selling residents a bright future, but they will take fifteen years of successive operations. The reconstruction of public facilities is likely to be spread out. Est Ensemble will not be able to finance everything at the same time. »