Launched more than ten years ago, the construction project of the Hermitage towers – two twin towers to be built on the banks of the Seine, in the business district of La Défense (92) – has just suffered a new setback this Monday January 3.
The board of directors of the local public establishment Paris La Défense has just announced that it has decided not to approve the sales promises made by the promoter behind the project.
And this, while the latter, the Russian promoter and businessman Emin Iskenderov, had until December 31 to sign the sales promises.
The reasons for this backpedaling? The absence of sufficient guarantees allowing a transaction to be concluded “under conditions acceptable to the public establishment, particularly in view of the absence of financial and technical guarantees provided by the project leader”, explained the board of directors of Paris La Defense in a press release.
Two towers 320 meters high
The project, named “Hermitage Plaza”, consisted of the construction of two skyscrapers 320 meters high with luxury residences, offices, hotels and shops, in place of three buildings of the Damiers residence. , built in 1974 in Courbevoie (92). These two towers were first expected by 2020, before their delivery was postponed by the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
But, since 2007 and the signing of a promise to sell between the social landlord Logis Transports, owner of the walls, and the company Hermitage, the operation has been the subject of a legal battle with residents of the existing building, who refuse to leave their accommodation.
The project, valued at 2.8 billion euros, also left some observers perplexed. Like the former boss of Paris La Défense Patrick Devedjian, who died in March 2020 of Covid-19, who had issued in June 2018 in an interview to Echoes “Serious doubts about the group’s ability to finance and carry out such an ambitious project”.