Contrary to appearances, the Meurthe is not a peace ul Ri er. O ten out o his bed, it caused considerable damage. Thus, in 1947, on the e e o Christmas, its O er low resulted channel o the Marne to the Rhine, close. Their mixed waters had bathed the par is o the Cathedral and in iltration, looded the career place. This episode, still in the memory o the old Nancéiens, is not reproduced with as much intensity. But the centennial lood o 1982 winter has straw ". The city and district urban now the community o communes o the Grand Nancy then decided to launch a programme o work o hydraulic de elopment and rehabilitation o banks, started in 1986 and completed in 2002. Total EUR 56.5 million, unded at parity by the State, the Lorraine region, the General Council o Meurthe-et-Moselle and the Grand Nancy. At the same time, the community undertook a land acquisition policy to control the some 300 hectares (20 o the total area o the city) reed rom the threat o water.
"This neighbourhood, mainly occupied by warehouses and ormer industrial sites, ell dormant because o the risk o looding and the decline o economic acti ity in the downtown." In addition it was a little prized the Nancéiens address. "We had to change the image", remembers Denis Grandjean, Deputy Mayor o Nancy, responsible or town planning. Bet succeeded since today ' hui se eral real estate projects, acti ities and emerging residential, pri ate and worn by public in estors.
Creation o a nautical pole
The reconquest o the area starts as early as 1990, entrusted to the architect and landscape painter Alexandre Chemeto (landscape O ice), associated with Rémy Butler. Their project, called shores o Meurthe, relies on a urban rame based on that o the old city and rame all o the area between the Meurthe and the canal.
irst accomplishments emerge in 1996 around the garden with water o Alexandre Chemeto and balance between di erse urban unctions Uni ersity Pole with schools o architecture and engineering, habitat with 300 homes in a irst tranche and spaces o leisure and relaxation water become the uni ying element. rom the end o the 1990s, the de elopment o a new perimeter is committed and will allow the implementation o the national school o application o territorial management, social and student housing, shops and businesses. Added a multiplex (Kinepolis) and the Regional Centre o current music (the other channel).
The realization o a boating centre completes the requali ication o the neighbourhood. "By reordering a cur e o the Meurthe, inally tamed, we created the Méchelle, in the centre o which an island is dedicated to the preser ation o auna and lora, which is now a body o water opened or the practice o rowing water." "A ormer arm o discharge, green arm, which collected sewage and ser ed as a spillway o storm, remained in whitewater, is itted out in canoe-kayak 500 metre course, ollowed by a section o calm waters assessed ishermen and walkers", said Gerard Rongeot, ice-President o the Grand Nancy, delegate to the prospecti e, territorial marketing, networks o cities and international. Reco ery o the sector is continuing and term, it is expected arri al o more 5,000 inhabitants.