July 15, 1972. The street bears the date of the merger of the municipalities of Maru and Moval. Precisely because it forms the link between the two. Here, behind Fort Meroux-Moval, the locals throng. They are concerned about selling a plot of 28 ares, in the middle of the street, opposite No. 23.
Sold by the heirs
“The owner died and her grandchildren and heirs put her up for sale in a real estate agency,” explains Claude Pariso, a neighbor. The land, on which it can be built, is of interest to a businessman of the territory, who wants to build on it on a private basis.
Residents estimate that “it will be eight houses with two apartments each, or sixteen apartments.” “They can be rented for 850 euros,” they think they know.
“Nothing has been fixed”
Of course, at the moment, nothing has been done. The land has not been sold, Emmanuel Capet points out, in talks with the real estate agency. The land is not restricted and there is no agreement yet on the sale price. The project is still in its infancy stage only. “It could evolve, nothing fixed. I can hear the residents are worried, but I’m also in discussion for other reasons and maybe nothing will be done in Meru.”
If the project is successful, the door will be open to other facilities of the same type in the village
Marie Rose Mallofet
“At the beginning of the year, he presented a project at Châlonvillars in the same style. But with us, it will be more important,” fears Mathieu Gigant. “If we take an average of two cars per family, that will be another 32 cars, which will increase traffic on this already crowded street, where there are 2,000 vehicles per day.”
The density of housing also worries the neighborhood. “We want to preserve the rustic character of the village,” adds Marie-Rose Mallofett. “If the project passes, the door will be open to other facilities of the same model in the city.”
Act before submitting a building permit
Residents understand that for the time being, no action has been taken and the Town Hall, aware of the problem, cannot intervene. “We want to act first. When the building permit is submitted, it will be too late,” Mervalois says. “If the project respects the PLU, there is no reason not to validate it.”
As a warning, many have put up a “For Sale” sign in front of their house. A sign “No to the group” was placed in front of the square in question. Soon a petition will be circulated in the village.