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Bahnhofsviertel funding guideline

Kaiserstrasse 58, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

In 2004 the City of Frankfurt made 10 million available for housing measures and adopted the “Bahnhofsviertel” funding guideline. The funding aimed to provide incentives for investments and thereby enhance both the quality of accommodation in Bahnhofsviertel and the district’s attractiveness. The means were intended to be used for a variety of purposes, with priority being given to reducing the level of vacancies in buildings. As the funding met with enormous interest, the available means were increased to a total of 20 million.

The funding enables not only the invaluable fabric of buildings to be preserved and vacant residential buildings to be occupied. It is also used for converting empty offices into residential space. Between 2004 and 2012 the funding meant that approx. 300 apartments could be returned to the housing market. Of these, approx. 200 were conversions. A further approx. 34 residential units in five properties are part of the current program and are due for completion in 2011-2012.

The enormous interest in the funding program demonstrates there is great demand in Bahnhofsviertel both for rented apartments and condominiums.

In order to be able to provide funding purposefully and assist interested property owners, an experienced architect was appointed as modernization consultant.

 

Examples of funded projects:

58 Kaiserstrasse
The former Kaufhalle department store at 58 Kaiserstraße has long been history. After the 1970s building changed hands in 2009, initial considerations tended towards gutting it and converting it for residential purposes. In 2010 these plans were rejected in favor of a project that in terms of design was far more high-end.

Above retail premises on the ground floor, 38 up-market apartments with an elevator will now be built here. Partial greening of the roof of the retail section will add greenery to the courtyard. All the apartments boast either a balcony or patio. The existing basement will be retained and converted into an underground car park. As part of the “Bahnhofsviertel Funding Program” some of the apartments will be funded with municipal subsidies.The project was completed in the second half of 2013.


Wiesenhüttenplatz 37, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

37 Wiesenhüttenplatz
The former police station on Wiesenhüttenplatz stood empty for a long time. As early as 2008 the idea was mooted, together with the Frankfurt/Main students’ union, to build student accommodation there. In 2010, with funding from the municipal “Bahnhofsviertel Funding Program”, based on a design by the architectural firm Ferdinand Heide, work began on converting the former administration building. This work has now been finished. A total of 48 student apartments were built; these have been rented out since July 1, 2011. In addition to the apartments there is a communal room, which opens on to an attractively greened courtyard, thereby providing the residents with various pleasant forms of recreation. In the bustling “Bahnhofsviertel” district, this project has increased the attractiveness of the astonishingly tranquil Wiesenhüttenplatz further still.


Münchener Strasse 38, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

38 Münchener Strasse
The listed corner building at the intersection of Münchener Strasse and Moselstrasse was erected around 1900. Having acquired the property in 2005, the owners planned to dedicate the building (which had most recently been used primarily as office space) to residential purposes. With financial support from, among others, the “Bahnhofsviertel Funding Program”, and in close collaboration with the Monument Protection Authority of the City of Frankfurt/Main, the extensive refurbishment measures were conducted between 2006 and 2009 and embraced:

  • restoring the richly decorated natural stone facade in line with the stipulations governing listed buildings,
  • creating a total of 10 spacious residential units from the first floor to the roof, in some cases with the addition of balconies and roof terraces,
  • refurbishing the historical staircase in the original style,
  • fitting an elevator.

A total of approx. 1,100 sq.m. of attractive residential space was created here, all of which was already occupied shortly after the work was completed. Furthermore the commercial premises on the ground floor were likewise modernized and used for a new purpose.

46-48 Moselstrasse
In the past, the building from the 1950s was utilized both for commercial and residential purposes. As a result of changes in use, in addition to offices, furriers’ workshops, the attendant storerooms, and apartments had all been created. From 2009 until 2010 the owners conducted extensive refurbishment work on the building. The existing residential units were modernized and the previous commercial space on the 1st-8th storeys converted into residential space. The ground floor is still used for commercial purposes. At the same time, in order to improve the lighting, the front façade was refurbished and given a contemporary look. Approximately half the residential space created was funded by the “Bahnhofsviertel Funding Program”. Following completion of the work in July 2010 the building now boasts a total of 68 one and two-room apartments.

For information about the funding procedure and assistance with making an application please contact

Mr. Jürgen Ehlers
Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH - BSMF
Tel.: + 49 (0) 69 40 58 73-0

or

Ms. Stephanie Doering

City Planning Department, 61. S 2
Tel.: + 49 (0) 69 212 33751
E-mail: stephanie.doering@stadt-frankfurt.de