Wednesday 20 September 2017

Junglinster : A blooming city in which to build one's future.

Junglinster : A blooming city in which to build one's future.

With more than 7650 inhabitants including half in the town’s centre of the same name, Junglinster is a locality that conjugates service and quality of life in well-preserved setting less than twenty kilometres from the capital of the Grand-Duchy; Attractive assets that explain its dynamism.

Composed of a dozen villages, (Altlinster, Blumenthal, Beidweiler, Bourglinster, Eisenborn, Eschweiler, Godbrange, Gonderange, Graulinster, Imbringen, Junglinster, Rodenbourg), Junglinster has undergone remarkable demographic growth. The commune had less than one thousand inhabitants in 1950! But in the last decades, their number has soared.  In 1980, the population exceeds 2500, at the turn of the century in 2000 there were more than 5000 inhabitants, and for 2017 the census count is 7650. “That represents 150 to 200 newcomers per year” explains Romain Retz, the mayor of Junglinster. 83 nationalities are represented with 63% Luxembourgish, 8.15% Portuguese, 5.5% French, 3.77% Germans and 4.46% Belgians.
The location (about 17 km north-east of Luxembourg City) good transportation services and a preserved life style combined with the development of services (trade, culture, education, sport, health) explain this dynamism.                                    
And if you were to be seduced at your turn?

Everything of a major city.


As far as education goes, Junglinster has no reason to be jealous of bigger cities. There are several nursery schools, a lodge house, three primary schools (for students up to cycle 4), a modern secondary school inaugurated in 2014 offering General and Technical courses (with reception from 7AM to 6PM offering computer equipment, and high-quality recreation) no worries for young people here! And in September 2018, Lenster High School will host a European school.
Same offer in commercial matters. In addition to the retail stores, Junglinster is lucky to have the “Laangwiss Centre” and the “Lènster Bierg”, a new area of activities forming an infrastructure with a resolutely contemporary architecture where going shopping is a pleasure… Several branches of banks and insurance companies are now installed in town. 
Lastly, since everything must be well-planned, citybus, a multi-modal hub, general practitioners, pediatricians, pharmacists and physiotherapists are also present.
No need to run to the capital for daily needs.

A high-quality way of life


A golf course, two football fields, five outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool, gymnasiums such as the recently inaugurated Sports Centre: sports facilities are also legion (without counting two future sports halls). 
Culturally, the “Am Duerf” Cultural Centre proposes exhibitions, spectacles, and numerous activities in the form of workshops for all generations.
Likewise, one is never far from the 230 kilometres of pedestrian trails that punctuate the surrounding landscape, mostly forests “And soon, bikeways.”
A Baroque church, a magnificent XVIII century farm-house boldly reconverted into a Town Hall, and of course, the famous medieval castle of Bourglinster renovated by the State now offers show rooms and a gourmet restaurant:              Junglister’s architectural heritage now stands alongside modern housing which nevertheless respects the semi-rural tradition    , not to mention buildings erected in respect of the latest energy standards.

An offer in housing

To respond to the population growth, several projects will emerge over the coming years. “We have just finished the new PAG (General Plan): we count 90 unbuilt hectares on our current surface. That represents an enormous potential for construction in Luxembourg. As a CDA (Centre of Development and Attraction) community, corresponding to the “Housing Pact” convention between the State and the municipalities, other opportunities will open to us, including the increase of housing offers and the reduction of the cost of land and housing by implementing various measures”. For the moment, 3.06 hectares can be made viable each year. 
Currently, the JongMett flagship project assembles 150 dwellings on 3.5 hectares including two plots that will remain the property of the municipality to permit the construction of individual housing. 33 apartments will be built as well as commercial sites by the Tracol enterprise, and the SNHBM plans to build 43 apartments and houses.
The Milvus & Lanius project, in the centre of Junglinster, consists of 37 homes for peoples with reduced mobility as well as for elderly people with shops and medical services on the ground floor.                                                                              
“The project will be financed entirely by the municipality” 
The policy is to construct sustainable housing at a moderate price “by acquiring plots of land on the outskirts of the municipality at a lower price than intramural plots. In the future, I would like to focus on the provision of affordable housing for young people.”
At the infrastructural level, the mayor wants to increase the number of places in priority reintegration classes, optimize non-invasive mobility and trails for pedestrians. “To increase the commercial offer, 5.7 hectares will equally be allocated to craftsmen and retailers. “The idea is to allow our residents to live and work in proximity thus increase possibilities in the environs of Luxembourg City”.  
Once more, living in Junglinster is synonymous with personal development. A town in the countryside, at less than half an hour from Luxembourg City!

By Emilie Di Vincenzo