— Published 6 April 2021

The athletes’ village could lose beds

Format change for the future Paris 2024 Games village. The daily Les Echos reveals that its reception capacity could be slightly reduced. In place since last July, the new municipal team of Saint-Denis, one of the host communes of the village, has indeed wished to modify the initial project. “We negotiated until the end to keep our commitments for a more sustainable city and to obtain the necessary changes to the quality of life of the inhabitants“, explains the mayor of Saint-Denis, Mathieu Hanotin. In question, according to the elected officials of the commune of Seine-Saint-Denis, certain islets are considered too dense and pose problems with sunlight. After a long remodeling work carried out last December with the COJO Paris 2024 and the SOLIDEO, the new real estate program was approved by the Saint-Denis municipal council on March 21st. It includes the addition of terraces and the reduction of buildings supposed to be nine or ten stories from one to two storeys. In total, no less than 2,000 m2 of floor space have been removed. Result: 158 fewer beds. Les Echos specified that it is still possible to restore 149 beds, thanks to the optimisation of office spaces, but the operation would represent an additional cost of 3.5 million euros: 2.5 million euros for the municipality de Saint-Denis, the rest to be paid by the OCOG Paris 2024. Comment from Mathieu Hanotin: “The improvements obtained in the balance of the operation are worth these 2.5 million euros“. The OCOG has given itself until September to decide what to do next and possibly finance its part of the operation. But it is not taken for granted that there is a real need to restore the beds lost in the affair. As a reminder, the athletes’ villages for the Paris 2024 Games will be transformed, after the Olympic and Paralympic event, into a vast residential area.