Tech & Science Saint-Maur-des-Fossés: the observatory will host emergency accommodation

01:15  13 february  2021
01:15  13 february  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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En mars, Emmaüs gérera un accueil d’hébergement d’urgence sur le site de l’Observatoire en plein cœur de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. © LP / Sylvain Deleuze In March, Emmaüs will manage emergency accommodation on the site of the Observatory in full heart of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

On one side of rue Neptune, magnificent villas and other pavilions. On the other hand, the site known as the Observatory, the former Paris Institute of Globe Physics, still asleep. This historic place of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, owned by the state, should come back to life in the course of March with the creation of an emergency accommodation center, managed by the Emmaüs association.

A new orientation for this preserved place that has existed for nearly 150 years, with many green spaces left fallow and six buildings including a reception pavilion and another of remarkable interest, all in the heart of a residential area , which makes cringe in the town.

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This place will mainly accommodate families

"Let the site have a new lease of life, or even if it is very residential." On the other hand, we do not know how many people will be accommodated and especially which public ”, wonders Elise, a local resident.

She will certainly have the first answers to her questions quickly. Indeed, the mayor of the commune Sylvain Berrios (LR) is organizing a public meeting this Saturday morning with representatives of the state and of the Emmaüs association, at the town hall (full). One way to calm the pro and anti on this project, the outlines of which we already know.

"At the start, about fifty people, young isolated women, some with young children or couples will be welcomed, answers the prefecture of Val-de-Marne which reminds that the state has an obligation to help those without. home. Eventually, there could be more people. "

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" The state services have specified that it would not be people from the dismantling of illegal camps ", specifies Sylvain Berrios, who was informed at the beginning of the month of December. A statement confirmed by the prefecture which recalls "that approximately 11,000 people are supported by the 115 in the department. This figure has increased by 2,000 people since the health crisis. "

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To manage the “La pépinière” site, the Emmaüs association will carry out development work to accommodate the public in the best possible conditions. possible conditions. The association will also take care of the maintenance of the spaces.

"A presence will be assured 24 hours a day," the town hall also specifies, the Emmaüs association refusing to answer our questions until the project is finalized. The reception team will be made up of a site manager, a logistics coordinator, a worker qualified to carry out minor daily repairs, and a social team responsible for supporting the people lodged, made up of 'one manager, five social workers, and 12 socio-educational assistants. "

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" We learned this by surprise, it's quite unpleasant, deplores for his part Mihaï Guyard, president of the association Saint-Maur with you, who does not take offense. This preserved area of ​​31,000 m2 should return to its original vocation, scientific research. "

" This kind of structure has quite its place in the town, welcomes her side Céline Vercelloni, for Saint-Maur citizen ecology, an elected opposition. It lacks social diversity. A dozen associations have also given their support to this accommodation project.

“There are other places to set up such a center in the town, such as the former police station on Boulevard Rabelais, for example, believes Mihaï Guyard, who does not disarm. We have started an petition. To inform the population, we will be towing this weekend, before a public meeting the following weekend. This Friday, 180 people had signed it.

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