Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, has been the driver behind a significant new development to create a ‘green lung’ in the centre of Nice. ‘La Coulée Verte’, literally a ‘green corridor’ will link the National Theatre and the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (MAMAC) with the Promenade des Anglais and the sea; slicing through Place Massena and incorporating the existing green spaces of the ‘Jardin Albert 1er’ and the ‘Theatre du Verdure’ (the outdoor concert venue). The intention is to not only reintroduce nature into the heart of the city, but to create a central location for major events, art and culture.
The project has already witnessed the demolition of an above ground car park and the bus station. This act alone has opened up the urban landscape, revealing beautiful views of the hills surrounding Nice, as well as the attractive facades of the old town and the 19th century buildings along avenue Felix Faure, including the striking Lycée Massena.
The project is being undertaken in an environmentally friendly manner via the use of:
- ‘green’ building techniques
- a plant selection that promotes biodiversity
- recycled and sustainable materials
- energy-saving lighting
- and minimal water consumption
The park will combine sections of manicured lawn with contemporary landscaping design using natural materials and water features. One stage already completed is comprised of numerous orange trees offering shady places to sit and wooden misting poles to keep you cool throughout summer. All existing trees will be retained, with over 70 new mature trees planted – mainly camphor and palms plus Mediterranean citrus trees, providing both colour and aroma – an environment calculated to appeal to all the senses.
According to Aideen O’Brien, Managing Director of Chez Riviera (one of the leading real estate agencies in the South of France) “this unique urban park of 12 hectares in the heart of the city, which is due for completion September 2013, will add immeasurable appeal to the heart of Nice and will elevate the value of property in the centre, especially those apartments situated either side of the green corridor. So now is a great time to buy!”
Aideen further notes that this project is just one of many large-scale infrastructure and beautification developments that have either been initiated or completed over the last few years in Nice – all of which have enhanced the lifestyle of those fortunate enough to live or holiday in this beautiful part of the world, and are part of what continue to make the French Riviera such an attractive region for property investors.