The “Est Ensemble – La Fabrique du Grand Paris” CDT was signed by the French state and the urban community called “Est Ensemble”, its nine towns (Bagnolet, Bobigny, Bondy, Les Lilas, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Montreuil, Noisy-le-Sec, Pantin and Romainville) for a duration of 15 years.
Following the signature of a framework agreement between the French state and the mayors of the nine towns, the CDT project was validated in June 2013. The CDT was permanently adopted in February 2014, after a public consultation that took place in October and November 2013.
The CDT’s ambition is to capitalise on the “Est Ensemble”’s assets, its industrial and working-class heritage, the youth of its population, its ingenuity and capacity to innovate.
CDT highlights include:
- Generating a target of 50,000 jobs;
- Building 2,800 new residential units annually;
- Offering complementary public transport services with “Grand Paris Express” Line 15 and the extension of métro Line 11.
Its strategic outcomes are fourfold:
- Economy. The CDT will facilitate the promotion of know-hows and the territory’s sectors of excellence by fostering economic and technological innovation. The area is attracting companies in sectors such as life sciences and health technologies, culture and communication services (Ubisoft is already there, as will be BETC’s future headquarters), building and eco-construction (Saint Gobain, Scop UTB), arts and luxury arts craftsmanship (Hermès, Chanel, Richemont). The CDT also emphasises the need to have a coherent offer and to address the needs of these sectors in terms of initial training and continuous education. Finally, the CDT includes a plan to support businesses with new, more adapted real estate offers as well as upgraded real estate stock (e.g. Portes de l’Ourcq and the Gare de Pantin eco-district).
- Culture. The CDT aims to better support the territory’s culture potential, building on a long artistic practice, existing equipment and an ongoing reflection with culture professionals already present. The CDT also promotes a particularly rich architectural heritage—notably its contemporary architecture.
- Infrastructure. The CDT is set to obtain a more coherent territory by endowing it with structuring axes (such as the Canal de l’Ourcq) and new centralities around the transport network. Some priority development sectors have been identified: Bondy bridge, Noisy station, downtown Bobigny, Hauts-de-Montreuil and Corniche des Forts park.
- Housing. The CDT contains targets both quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative objectives include building 2.800 new residential units annually, thus doubling housing construction rates. Qualitative objectives include diversifying accommodation types to allow middle classes to stay there even though the cost of housing increases. The proportion of social housing is to remain around 40% in order to preserve the existing social mix, and there is a plan to upgrade down-market accommodations. Planned projects include an eco-district in Pantin (Eco-Quartier de la Gare with 1,500 residential units), Montreuil (ZAC de la Fraternité) and Noisy le Sec (ZAC de l’Ourcq).
In 2025, the CDT will benefit from Grand Paris Express future line 15 interconnection points at these stations: Bobigny Pablo Picasso (métro Line 5), Pont de Bondy (tramway Line T1) and Bondy (tramway Line T4 and RER Line E).