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Am Eschbachtal / Harheimer Weg

Urban development plan, Residential space

Representation in the project map (German)

Reason for planning 
The site in question has for a long time been approved for residential development in the regional land use plan, making it a key component in securing future housing in Frankfurt. 

The district boundaries of Bonames have been realigned such that new and attractive residential spaces can be created on a relatively small footprint. Moreover, links to the existing suburban rail network mean that the infrastructure in place can be meaningfully used to capacity.

Development district 
The site is located in the northern periphery of Frankfurt/Main and on the eastern limits of the district of Bonames.

In the west the zone is roughly structured by existing buildings of Bonames; in the north, east, and south it borders on the “Grüngürtel und Grünzüge der Stadt Frankfurt am Main” (Green belts and green corridors in the City of Frankfurt) landscape conservation area. The northeastern border is defined by the peripheral road that curves around the zone earmarked for construction.

Some sections of the site are located in the sub-districts of Nieder-Eschbach, Harheim and Bonames. The development zone comprises some 44.25 hectares in total.

Planning objectives 
The incentive behind the “Am Eschbachtal / Harheimer Weg” development plan is the allocation of areas in the east and northeast of Bonames that can be transformed into a family residential estate complete with key functions.

The plan is to create a well-structured and socially balanced residential district with a wide variety of architectural styles that will cater to a diverse mix of different residential forms. In addition to family homes, realized as either semidetached or terraced houses or townhouses, the focus is on multistory residential buildings. Apart from several high-rises, the majority of these will be conceived in the style of blocks and loosely arranged around residential courtyards on the inside.

As regards social infrastructure there are plans for four child daycare centers that will be established at different points in the zone, a primary and a secondary school in the north, and a fire station. In addition to this, the centrally located residential structures will be further augmented with non-intrusive commercial businesses, stores, hospitality outlets, medical practices, and offices.

The spacious residential park will not only reference old and new structures as a central element, but also connect to the existing arteries into the countryside, thereby forging a link between the open landscape and the parks inside the district. 

The new development site will be accessed exclusively via a new peripheral road. Existing access roads, for example Galgenstrasse, will only serve pedestrians and cyclists. The peripheral road will absorb part of the current through traffic passing through Alt-Bonames in an effort to keep traffic volumes moderate in Bonames town center.

Together with the bus stop on Harheimer Weg the new subway stop on the existing suburban railroad (lines U2 and U9) provides convenient links to the public transport network, which is going to shorten walking distances for many existing residents, too.

Project progress 

The origins of development plan no. 516 “Am Eschbachtal / Harheimer Weg” can be traced back to plans made in conjunction with an overall housing construction program during the 1970s.

In September 1991 a group of urban planners and architects got together for a “working session” that spawned a process of in-depth work and debate on urban planning alternatives. From among these, the proposal by Frank Gehry architects in Santa Monica, California, US, was selected as the winning entry. It was subsequently adapted to accommodate changes made to individual subsections and to meet the requirements of noise protection and impact mitigation regulations.

The start to the development plan procedure proper was the resolution made on 14 November 1991 to draw up a development plan. However, the amendment made to the ambit necessitated a second resolution for a new development plan in April 1999; the accompanying civic participation process actually took place as early as June 1996. The first participation process for developers was held between 23 June and 13 August 1999; adaptations made to the plans necessitated a second participation process with developers in June/July 2001. The plans were publicly displayed at the same time as the participation procedures with developers were held.

During subsequent years planning came to a halt; among other things, this was due to the fact that other development zones were accorded priority. In 2012 the municipal authorities took up the plans once again.

In light of the changes in the brief regarding technical and social infrastructure and the demand for housing continuing with the previous planning no longer seemed feasible. Accordingly, the Frankfurt architectural firm BS+ was commissioned to revise the plans in light of the present circumstances, albeit in keeping with definitive basic structures.

In fall 2013 a first draft was presented to the public at Haus Nidda in Bonames. It met with harsh criticism from parts of the population and the local consultative councils. This is why as of spring 2015 local protagonists and representatives from administration and politics came together for four planning sessions in which they brainstormed ideas for modifying the urban planning concept. The amended version was presented to the public on November 4, 2015 at Haus Nidda.

In a next step, a development plan proposal will be drawn up on the basis of this urban planning concept. The aim is to get it ready for public disclosure in the course of 2016.

Visit the www.baugebiet-am-eschbachtal.de homepage for further information on the status of planning, key overall conditions and the next steps planned.

Project management

Mr. Ingo Lachmann

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 37617
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 40566