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Community Center and Local Partnership

Local partnership, © Nassauische Heimstätten

The center management’s first task in May 2011 was to set up and open a community center. At the center, on three days a week the staff of urban and property development association DSK are available to answer questions and give advice.

The center management provides information on a host of different measures and topics in relation to the Energized Town Center’s urban development and seeks to involve local inhabitants in the various stages of planning. It also offers expert knowledge on the Fechenheim-Süd preservation statute, the planned extension of the Fechenheim greenbelt, and the land-use plan proposal for the Dieburger Strasse.

Other subjects of interest to visitors include street cleanliness in Fechenheim, street lighting, private housing conditions, or the housing market. Requests for civic involvement on topics such as green space design, urban gardening, multi-generational living or sponsoring of poop bags have likewise been voiced.

From the time it opened until August 2015, more than 1,500 visitors of all age groups used the consulting services provided at the community center. Moreover, a great number of citizens got involved by approaching one of the mobile information stands set up at community festivals or information events.

 

The Local Partnership continues to be the central body for bringing on board local residents, entrepreneurs, property owners, as well as representatives of cultural and social facilities, initiatives and associations. In October 2015 it convened for what was already its 50th meeting, demonstrating the high level of personal commitment by all those involved.

The Local Partnership is the body that brings together all relevant town center protagonists with the municipal administration to develop and implement concepts and projects destined to buttress the center. The Local Partnership’s mandate: to support the town center’s development and steer things in the right direction.

The members of the Local Partnership act as experts who communicate their special knowledge of Fechenheim and the town center. In addition, each in his or her special field act as an advocate for the scheme’s goals and measures. The third function is that of a supporting organization which prepares and performs independent private and civil-society initiatives and projects intended to drive the development of the town center.

The principles guiding the methodology and composition of the Local Partnership have been specified in a resolution by the City Council and are therefore “binding” in character.

At present, the Local Partnership comprises 16 persons designated by name, with representatives from Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH and the administration completing the team. Working parties were established for special topics, such as the gateways to Fechenheim or creating a Website, for development and implementation.


Integrated action concept

Front page: integrated action concept

The Energized Town Centers urban development scheme pursues an integrated approach, which means that the main tasks from the fields of business and commerce, living and culture are not considered in isolation but developed together. For this reason the integrated action concept, on the basis of which investment projects and those preparing investment are developed and implemented, is a deciding element in the contents of the program. As such it is the working program for the duration of the process and serves to familiarize citizens, investors and other players with the projects. Individual measures are only eligible for promotion inasmuch as they correspond to the integrated action concept and are derived from it.

In April 2010 the draft was agreed with the Hessen Ministry of Economics, Transport, and State Development, and on September 30, 2010 the City Council passed the corresponding resolution. In the City of Frankfurt’s parliamentary information system (PARLIS) the Frankfurt-Fechenheim integrated action concept appears as an appendix under M 130.


Preservation statute no. 30

A whole host of buildings in Fechenheim’s center tell a vivid tale of the history of this district. They include, for example, erstwhile agricultural farmsteads, houses from working class estates dating back to the early Industrial age as well as multi-story buildings from the turn of the 20th century. In a bid to ensure the permanent preservation of these unique examples of architecture in Fechenheim, on January 27, 2011 the City Council resolved preservation statute no. 30 (Fechenheim-Süd). Following its enactment on March 22, 2011, the statute and its objectives have since always obtained for planning or building endeavors in Fechenheim, something that may cause conflicting interests, especially where the conversion of properties or the implementation of energy-saving measures are concerned.

The publication Baustein 04/12 provided a concise overview of Fechenheim’s characteristic urban design. The articles and scope of the statute can also be found here.

 

Town Center architect – free consulting service

One area of activity in the “Energized Town Centers in Hessen – Frankfurt/Main-Fechenheim” urban development scheme is concerned with improving overall urban conditions. To this end, it promotes restoring and modernizing buildings that are instrumental in shaping the overall appearance of Fechenheim’s town center. In addition, efforts are being made to preserve the characteristic look-and-feel of the zone in question in line with the applicable preservation statute no. 30 “Fechenheim-Süd”.

Since January 2015 a so-called “town center architect” has been offering free consultations for home owners, tenants and leaseholders resident in the Fechenheim development zone. The service involves urban and architectural advice on comprehensive restoration measures, modernization efforts and renovations of residential and commercial buildings. Design aspects can also be broached during such discussions. These include, for example, façade design or removing hard surfaces from courtyards and open spaces to introduce green areas in their place. Help with tenders for job offers and applications for public subsidies is likewise provided. Consultancy is in accordance with the specifications made in the preservation statute.