The Grand Ida project is finally underway, with extensive works planned in the area around Rue Plati that will see improved electric, sanitation, telephone and water lines put in place.
After many delays, the Grand Ida project has finally commenced. A total of 160 state-owned housing units, with a 350-space car park, a creche with 35 cribs, and professional and commercial premises has begun and is estimated to be completed by 2023.
The building will be located in the La Colle district, in the vicinity of Boulevard Rainier III and Rue Plati, and will feature beautifully landscaped pedestrian areas as well as the aforementioned amenities, a welcome change to what many found to be a rather unattractive site.
Those currently living on the site have been temporarily relocated until works are completed, when they will be given first dibs on the new apartments.
Additionally, many of the buildings in the area will also be given facelifts. Les Mélezes and Les Cédres will have façade renovations that include a replacement of old windows and roller shutters for more efficient and modern designs. External insulation will be added to provide a greater level of thermal and acoustic protection as well. Finally, new water, gas, electricity and phone lines will be added in a two phase project, replacing the old ones which range from 59 to 65 years old.
The site was initially bought by the state in 2009 with the intention of making it lodgings for children. This plan was scrapped due to the lack of state-housing in Monaco, and replaced with the new plans over the subsequent years.