ARNHEM – The site of the old milk factory, the Coberco district in Arnhem, will undergo a major transformation in the years to come. There will be 310 homes, of which, in addition to the 270 expensive and medium-sized homes already planned, 40 more will be affordable. In addition, 10,000 square meters of creative activities, catering and a city store will be created. The whole project will be green, sustainable and adaptable to the climate. This is reflected in the urban development plan that the council approved this week.
The old milk factory, near the John Frost Bridge, is undergoing extensive renovation and restoration. “The factory forms the heart of the new district, in which different functions come together: catering, creative activity and the city’s boutique. The old Van Ginkel building will also have new functions, including a hotel. This makes the area attractive not only to future residents, but also to visitors. The White Fleet (cruise ships) will soon dock in a whole new, bustling area of Arnhem, ”the commission said.
Make way for greenery
“This makes the Coberco district a typical example of a metropolitan area, with blocks of 10 to 12 floors. Life and other functions are closely related. Public spaces will be completely closed to cars. Here there will be room for trees and other plants, as well as on the roofs and against some facades of buildings. Greenery is important for cooling off in summer and contributes to biodiversity. “
Alderman Cathelijne Bouwkamp (Regional Planning): “Arnhem will have a special metropolitan area on the Rhine. Thanks to the catering, town shop and creative businesses, this neighborhood will feel like a new part of central Arnhem. It is also good that we can build affordable houses here. “
Future residents and visitors will need less parking spaces than in neighborhoods outside the center. For dwellings, the parking standard that applies to the center is assumed: one parking space per dwelling. Residents and visitors can park their cars in the centrally located mobility center and there is space for shared cars and bicycle shelters. Nuisance in the surrounding neighborhoods will be limited as the area up to and including the Van Oldenbarneveldtstraat will be chargeable and residents of the Coberco neighborhood will be excluded from a parking permit, ”said the commission.
Zoning plan in preparation
Based on the urban plan, a zoning plan will be submitted to the municipal executive in the short term, so that the inspection period can begin before the summer. Subsequently, the various constituent elements are developed into construction plans for which an environmental permit must be requested.
The public space will also be developed in a final development plan in the coming period. The developer of the Coberco district, BPD, is expected to start construction at the end of 2022.