Verviers – Hodimont

The Hodimont neighbourhood is directly adjacent to Verviers city centre, from which it is separated by the Vesdre. To the west, the district is limited by the E42 motorway viaduct. Hodimont developed quickly during the 19th century, with the rise of the textile industry, but its decline was just as fast as that of its industry. Hodimont has approximately 4,300 residents, some 34% of whom are immigrants. It suffers from a declining image and significant socio-economic difficulties (the unemployment rate there is 30%). However, Hodimont has major potential: its proximity to the city centre, its multiculturality and its environment all are positive points that can be used to its advantage. As such, the local authorities have identified the district as requiring specific action and will soon be soliciting the regional authorities for important urban renewal work to be carried out there, necessary for the district to enjoy sustainable regeneration.

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2011-06-16 | Success for Saint Léon'ART

The St Léonard district is home to a vibrant art scene. On the weekend of 6–8 May 2011, the district was transformed into one giant exhibition, and residents and passers-by alike were invited to discover some of the district’s artistic locations, both well known and obscure.

2011-03-21 | St-Léonard looks for shopkeeper

At the end of 2009, a survey was conducted among the residents of the district to better identify what they needed in terms of shops nearby.

The results highlighted that the residents wanted to see specific shops open up such as: an artisan bakery, an organic grocer’s, a sandwich bar, etc.

In February, large screens summarising what was missing in the district were put up in the empty shops in order to encourage such business to move in!

More info and results of this survey can be read on the french page.

2011-03-21 | Sustainable economic plan for Unterstadt

From mid-March, the company Projektplan is starting to draw up a sustainable economic plan for the retail trade location Unterstadt. The town of Eupen is asking business people and the residents of Unterstadt to support the work by taking part in the consultation. Naturally, all information gathered will be subject to data protection and remain anonymous. Those behind the project and the interviewers would like to thank you in advance for your kind assistance.

2010-12-09 | A Kiosk in the Temsepark

Upon request of the population, a wooden chalet should be transformed into a kiosk, with a function as meeting place and as a tourist infodesk.  De first discussions already took place and the renovation is planned for the summer of 2011.

2010-05-28 | Drink for Traders in St Léonard

Supported by the SUN project, a new traders committee was created in the St Léonard quarter. On 28 May, they organised a convivial meet-up with drinks to which all traders and customers from the quarter were invited. It was a resounding success!