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Uplace vs. V-Park: strange new development in Vilvoorde

Today (08/03/2016) the Vilvoorde City Council announced that an intention to convert the grounds of the old Renault automotive factory to a retail-and-entertainment center was filed. Without taking sides in the Uplace discussion, that is a peculiar development, no matter what your perspective is. To further fuel the smoking gun, the developer (Alcopa N.V.) and related plans were already mentioned in this press release by the city of Vilvoorde, that dates back at least to 2013 (illustrated below). How does that saying about fire and smoke go again? My favorite part of today’s announcement is the argument that the impact on traffic could be negligible … the opposing argument is used in the case of Uplace.