On Saturday, July 2, Orcieres Merlette 1850 presented the town's major projects to its owners. Armelle Solelhac was the founder of Switch agency. Mayor Patrick Ricou was accompanied at the meeting by Jordane Juschka, director of tourist office, and Sylvain Charlot, director of Atout France mountain delegation. Orcieres is more than a ski area. Patrick Ricou said that we have started a reflection on improvements to be made in the next five to six years. To present the projects in three parts.
"We know that it is difficult to live in a world where the car is everywhere. The city councilor said that a beautiful square in the village has been reduced to ashes by cars.
Below the Place du Marche, a 550-space parking garage with four underground levels will be constructed. This will free up space for a market hall to be built on the square. You can also exit parking at the Place des Drapeaux, which will be reserved for pedestrians and children. The city councilor stated that "the connections to the snowfront will be studied." It is anticipated that the work will begin in 2024, but it could be "more realistic" in 2025. The cost of the car park is between 10-12 million euros. He clarified, "With renewable energy solutions."
Queyrelet's snow front will be extended, and the Belambra residence's car park will be reclaimed. The mayor noted, "But we are removing 100 spaces."
With a pedestrian path, the western portion of the resort will be connected to the center. The city councilor stated that there are so many cars that neither the shuttle nor the dumpster can move.
The mayor stated that the ice rink is Orcieres' asset and he owes tribute to the people who came up with the idea. However, it is now 35 years old and needs to be renovated. Modernization of the pool is being planned for the ice rink, which has already been renovated. The relaxation area will also be renovated. The 200m2 area is being used for reflection. "A gym for competitors?" Are you looking for sports camps? For corporate seminars? Patrick Ricou stated that the goal was to increase economic activity and expand the season.
To "bring coherence and order to the Rocherousse plateau", a programming mission will be launched. A call for proposals will also be launched for the Rocherousse restaurant. The goal is to be attractive in the summer as well as to offer diversification.
Patrick Ricou stated, "We must have a comfortable place to live in." The owners were invited to share their ideas and list any desires.