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Cooperation agreement signed between the Public Water Board and Jazz City
Friday, September 5
Jazz City BV, a consortium between Van Pol Beheer and SDK Vastgoed, is developing the current Designer Outlet Center to become a living, dazzling and fully fledged neighbourhood and is thus providing the city of Roermond with a view of the water. This neighbourhood development, about six hectares in size, provides new retail models on approximately 17,000 m2, with 3,000 m2 of catering, a hotel, Roermond Yumble (an innovative indoor theme park with fantastic attractions), 330 dwelling units and the requisite number of parking spaces. Its completion is being phased in over the period from 2014 to 2020 and the number of visitors to the Designer Outlet Center is expected to grow from 4.5 million to 7 million.
Jazz City, as the area is also called, lies directly on the Meuse. Due to changing standards for high tide, the current breakwater no longer meets them and therefore, for the water safety of the area and all of its hinterland, a solution has become necessary. Raising the existing breakwater is not desirable because, by doing so, the view of the water from Jazz City would be largely eliminated and because it is an extremely expensive solution. On the basis of the various interests of Jazz City BV, Roer and Upper Meuse Public Water Board and the municipality of Roermond, for this area the "concealed dike" has come to be the solution. This is a new concept and boils down to incorporating the new breakwater into the area's backfill and having it run almost invisible through the area. This will achieve quality and cost savings as well. For completion of the concealed dike in Jazz City, Jazz City BV and Roer and Upper Meuse Public Water Board have recently signed the cooperation agreement.