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Rue du Marché au Charbon redevelopment

What is it about?

Reconstruction of the section of the Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt) between the Notre-Dame du Bon Secours Church and the Place Fontainas and the Rue du Jardin des Olives between the Notre-Dame du Bon Secours Church and the Rue de la Gouttière.

Rue du Marché au Charbon redevelopment

What purpose?

Since March 2020, the Rue du Marché au Charbon and Rue du Jardin des Olives (Olivetenhof) have been integrated into the pedestrian zone of the city centre. It was the last link for a continuous pedestrian zone between the Place Fontainas and the Grand-Place. However, the design of both streets does not yet correspond to that of a pedestrian zone. In the reconstruction, both streets will therefore have a similar profile to that of the other pedestrian zones.

With a view to the comfort of all users, the project provides for a ground floor construction. The public space will be equipped with city furniture, 6 bicycle stands and 10 new trees.

There are many shops at the Rue du Marché au Charbon. We will do everything we can to limit the inconvenience during the construction site. After the works, the street will be much more pleasant for walking, shopping or setting up a terrace.


The reconstruction of the road makes the public space greener. Ten new trees will be planted near the old parking places. These trees are planted along one side of the street so as not to obstruct the view of the City Hall (from the Rue du Marché au Charbon) and of the Notre-Dame du Bon Secours Church (from the Rue du Jardin des Olives).

The 10 new trees are of the Amelanchier canadensis species (Canadian serviceberry), which belongs to the same tree species as that used in the construction of the Rue du Midi.

Plan rue du Marché au Charbon

Lighting and furniture

  • Lighting: the existing public lighting installation will be retained
  • Garbage cans: the 3 garbage cans are kept in the same place
  • Drinking fountains: the 2 drinking fountains and the fountain street gutter will be retained
  • Banks: the 2 existing banks will be retained
  • Bicycle racks: 6 double-sided bicycle racks are installed

Timing, procedure and works

The permit application for the reconstruction was submitted to the Region in May 2020 and was declared complete in November 2020. As part of the procedure, a public inquiry and a Consultation Committee will be organized in early 2021.

For 2 weeks there will be red posters in the perimeter to announce the public inquiry. Everyone then has the opportunity to consult the building file online or at the Town Planning department of the City and to respond to the plans. If you wish, you can also ask to be invited to the Consultation Committee.

The plans are presented at the Consultation Committee and those present can ask questions or make an objection. The Consultation Committee then issues a recommendation to which the project must be adapted. Once the permit has been issued, the works can start.

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