Jan. 11 (UPI) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed the town plans to observe by on a $305 million plan to renovate the Champs-Elysees.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, Hidalgo stated the primary stage of the mission will embrace the renovation of the Place de la Concorde earlier than Paris hosts the 2024 Summer time Olympics and the remainder of the replace to the Champs-Elysees will start in 2025.

“We’ll redo the Place de la Concorde earlier than the Olympic Video games, then the complete size of the avenue afterward; it is going to be [another] extraordinary backyard,” Hidalgo stated.

The plans, developed by architect Philippe Chiambaretta and his company PCA-STREAM, would search to cut back automobile site visitors by half, whereas offering wider sidewalks for pedestrians and “planted ‘dwelling rooms'” full of greenery.

The eight-lane, 1.2-mile Champs-Elysees has been dubbed “probably the most lovely avenue on this planet” and PCA-STREAM stated that two-thirds of pedestrian site visitors within the space comes from vacationers.

The Champs-Elysees committee, which works to advertise and develop the realm, praised Hidalgo’s dedication to taking over the mission.

“The legendary avenue has misplaced its splendor during the last 30 years,” the committee stated. “It has been progressively deserted by Parisians and has suffered a number of crises: the yellow vest [demonstrations], strikes, the pandemic, financial disaster and so on.”