Ancillary roads to the Zeil
Reason for planning
Following the overall aesthetic revitalization of the Zeil (Frankfurt’s pedestrian shopping zone) it became vividly apparent that the ancillary roads leading to the Zeil no longer met the demands of this important downtown zone. At the end of 2012, the City of Frankfurt Municipal Council therefore adopted the plans for the makeover of Grosse Friedberger Strasse along with Schäfergasse and Fahrgasse as part of the “Making Frankfurt More Attractive” scheme. The resolution for Reineckstrasse is currently on the drawing board.
The resolution made by the members of the Municipal Council to present the relevant building and financing documentation for Grosse Friedberger Strasse in September 2014 paved the way for structural realization. In the past, Grosse Friedberger Strasse was synonymous with heavy traffic. Wide lanes with parking bays on both sides defined the overall aesthetic of this thoroughfare, a highly unattractive sight that did little to entice people to spend more time here than necessary.
Grosse Friedberger Strasse extends to the north of the Zeil, beginning at Konstabler Wache plaza. The redesign also includes Kleine Friedberger Strasse and Gelbehirschstrasse. Schäfergasse is likewise situated north of the Zeil. By contrast, Fahrgasse and Reineckstrasse extend to the south of the Zeil from Konstablerwache. The redesign of the Fahrgasse also includes the plaza located at the Staufenmauer and “An der Staufenmauer” street.
The modernization is destined to augment the character and ambient quality in the ancillary roads to the Zeil, improve links with the Zeil, which has since undergone a facelift, and to boost the quality of shopping and leisure time activities in this central part of downtown Frankfurt.
In the past, the ambiance of Grosse Friedberger Strasse was anything but inspiring and appealing. Wide driving lanes lined with parking bays, with drivers looking for a spot disrupting the flow of traffic and the lack of quality leisure spaces informed the look-and-feel if this downtown shopping street.
The idea is to reduce the lane width and parking bays significantly in a move to accord considerably more space to sidewalks. An appealing design featuring bright surfaces, newly planted trees, outdoor seating and new street lighting is set to substantially enhance the street’s overall appeal and transform it into a sought-after address. The number of parking spaces will be reduced to a minimum (deliveries, disabled parking, police, taxis) and limited to the multi-functional strip located on the western sidewalk in the future. Here additional bicycle racks (for a total of 56 bicycles) will be installed alongside new outdoor benches and ashlars as seating. In the east the sidewalk will be widened substantially and 10 new trees planted; the idea is to enhance the ambient quality in particular for outdoor hospitality and pedestrians. The adjacent ancillary roads, Gelbehirschstrasse and Kleine Friedberger Strasse, will be included in the redesign.
The future redesign of Schäfergasse will take its cue from the design principle used in upgrading Grosse Friedberger Strasse. On the other hand, the modernization of Reineckstrasse will involve laying a new pavement that is similar to the surface design used on the Zeil, thus creating a connecting element between the top of Fahrgasse and the Zeil.
The idea behind redesigning Fahrgasse is to draw people’s attention to the different functions that Fahrgasse serves north and south of Töngesgasse. In the future, only the southern stretch will have parking spaces. The makeover of the plaza at the Staufenmauer has a key role in the redevelopment. Three showcases embedded into the wall will allow glimpses into the location’s history. “An der Staufenmauer” and other important entrances will draw attention to the history of what used to be the Judengasse – the Frankfurt ghetto.
With the adoption of the planning documents a budget totaling 9.5 million euros was fixed for the first three ancillary roads to the Zeil. Following the resolution, detailed design and technical planning will now be undertaken to enable construction. Once it has been tabled, the City Council will adopt an additional resolution to specify construction planning and financing. The resolution for Grosse Friedberger Strasse was adopted on September 25, 2014. Construction commenced in spring 2015.
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Ms. Maike Wollmann
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