An application for a construction permit to make Brussels’ Schuman square primarily pedestrian has been introduced, Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works announced on May 3. “Don’t call it a roundabout anymore,” Pascal Smet said on Twitter, as he unveiled the next step in the project, which has been in the planning stages for just over a year.
“The Schuman roundabout will be given (..) back to Brussels’ citizens and to Europeans, in order to become an urban agora and a peaceful living space at the heart of the European quarter,” Smet said.
The project for the new square would do away with most vehicle lanes in order to create a large pedestrian zone linking Rue de la Loi with the Cinquantenaire park, with vehicle transit reduced to a single lane between Rue de La Loi and Cortenbergh avenue.
LA DEMANDE DE PERMIS INTRODUITE
Ne dites plus rond-point, mais place Schuman. Une place est un lieu de rencontre, c’est un lieu emblématique pour Bruxelles. Bruxelles et l’Europe en ont besoin. https://t.co/OWCcbeTv20— Pascal Smet (@SmetPascal) 3 de mayo de 2019
The project will aim to introduce some greenery into the square and its surrounding areas, as it will include a mirrored central canopy with a green rooftop and will see the lane leading up to Cinquantenaire lined up with trees.
The Brussels Times