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Sustainable commercial estate

With a view to sustainable urban development, the City of Frankfurt prioritizes the further development and upgrading of existing commercial zones. A feasibility study prepared by the City Planning Dept. includes recommendations on how to ready the Seckbach and Fechenheim-Nord commercial estates for a strong future. For a period of five years, location and climate protection management systems will be put in place in a local district office. The City Council resolved on December 17, 2015 to promote development of locations in line with the study’s findings. A total sum of EUR 1.3 million has been allocated for this purpose.

 Demarcation of the project area © map courtesy of the Frankfurt City Surveying Dept.; © processing by Frankfurt City Planning Dept.

Location management by Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH (http://frankfurt-business.net/) is designed primarily to provide local support for those active on the ground. It interfaces public commitment and private efforts. The tasks involved include, for example, spatial and vacancies management, improving the image of the location in question and bundling advisory and funding facilities. A district fund will be set up to finance smaller, short-term measures, such as new greenery or signage.

Climate protection management is being initiated by the Energy Desk (http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=3076&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=102231) and is destined first and foremost to help ensure more efficient use of resources. In a first step, an energy concept will be devised to identify potential synergies between companies. Voluntary analysis and advisory services can then be drawn on to develop customized recommendations for measures to save resources in companies that will in the final instance be to their financial advantage.

The key players involved are the local companies and their owners. They are actively engaged in the process and benefit in various ways from developing the location and securing its future. These include an enhanced image for the location, lower costs thanks to efficient energy management, a better working climate for staff, innovation through new networks, and much more besides. Their voluntary efforts are supported in the form of advisory services.

The City Planning Dept. is addressing implementation of the existing urban planning development concept and supporting two research projects in this regard.

The research program “Experimental Housing and Urban Development” is run by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and organized by Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR). As part of it, a dedicated research focus on “sustainable further development of commercial estates” has been launched (GewerbeExWoSt) (http://www.gewerbeexwost.de/). A grant has been allocated to the model project entitled “Existing buildings have a future – sustainable development of commercial estates in Frankfurt”.

Logo,© Gewerbe ExWoSt

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Awarded a grant as part of the “Experimental Housing and Urban Development” (ExWoSt) research program

The “Green not Grey – Changing Commercial Estates (GeWa)” is driven by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and organized through Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), the German national aeronautics and space research center. Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (WILA) coordinates the partners involved and works up the scientific insights gained. The City Planning Dept. is part of the sub-project entitled “Existing buildings breath in relief – urban climate improvements in a sustainable Frankfurt commercial estate “.


Contact partner(s)

Mr. Matthias Drop

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 34930
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 43692