Paris (AFP)

Around 35 housing units, a third of which are social housing, will be created by 2024 in the former Tati store in the Barbès district in Paris, whose health crisis precipitated the closure, the town hall announced on Friday by choosing the developer. immovable.

The project designed by Immobel France provides for 8,000 m2 of housing, shops - including a hotel - and offices "without altering this emblematic place of the 18th arrondissement" well known to Parisians and tourists, underlines the town hall in a press release.

Among the thirty or so family dwellings built, for an area of ​​2,400m2, one third will be reserved for social housing, via the Real Estate Agency of the city of Paris (RIVP), and the other two thirds for home ownership, a specified the town hall to AFP.

These housing units will occupy the suburban part of the complex, while the Haussmannian building located at the crossroads of Barbès and Rochechouart boulevards will rather be reserved for offices, with a cultural space on the ground floor.

Chosen within the framework of the Réinventer Paris 3 call for projects, which targets office buildings or shops to transform them in particular into housing, the file of Immobel France "foresees the least possible demolition while keeping 65% of the floors and 84% of the existing facades, including the complete preservation of the Haussmannian building ", underlines the town hall.

The objective is to deliver the whole for the first half of 2024, an "ambitious" deadline according to the town hall.

The popular store with the pink gingham Tati banner since 1948 was taken over in 2017 by the GPG group, which announced its closure in July 2020, attendance having been severely affected by the health crisis.

To carry out its project, the Belgian group Immobel therefore bought the building from the current owners, the Ouaki family - founder of Tati - and GPG, owner of the Gifi brand.

The final sale is due to take place this fall, according to the town hall.

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