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Masterplan, Housing
District: Local district:
Size of area:
20 ha
Project management:

Mr. Christoph Packhieser
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 30477
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Project description

Reason for planning
Though it is the central attraction of the masterplan area, Sommerhoffpark can only be accessed via a narrow gap between the children’s daycare center and the electricity substation. Apart from that, the zone in question straddles a sequence of urban planning deficits, including the apparently random combination of different usages, the absence of quality leisure space, the lack of hospitality outlets on Gutleutstrasse and of appealing green links along the Main River and between the Main and Gutleutstrasse. Some of the commercial and industrial utilities (the cogeneration plant and Bims-Nagel concrete factory) have long since been abandoned.

Development district
The 20-hectare zone is situated on the northern embankment of the River Main. Of this, a stretch approx. 1.1 hectare in size is Deutsche Bahn property. Extending parallel to the railroad embankment from the cogeneration plant in the north to the banks of the Main River, it marks the end point of the development district in the east. Gutleutstrasse, which has convenient private transport links thanks to the Westhafen junction and is served by public transport with the no. 37 bus, runs north of the development district. In the south, the natural border that is the waterfront includes the zone as far as the extension of Erntestrasse in the west at the intersection with the commercial zone (Sehring).

Planning objectives
The urban masterplan envisages a residential quarter with a firm southern alignment. This is to be achieved, among other things, by converting the properties of the port operations (near the so-called “Wurzelsiedlung”).
Deutsche Bahn’s disused cogeneration plant represents another conversion site. The prominent position on the river and the Main Neckar bridge spell the right ingredients to create a prestigious gateway to the city. The idea is to erect a residential complex that is accessed from one side only and earmarked for student dorms, along with two residential high-rises directly situated on the river, including a children’s daycare facility. The block will moreover be conceived to serve as noise protection.

As part of the restructuring, the Mainuferpark will be continued to the west; the idea is to link Sommerhoffpark and Westhafen port as a single coherent zone. The demolition of a children’s daycare facility in bad need of repair on Gutleutstrasse offers an ideal opportunity to design a suitable entrance to the park.

Project progress
As early as 2005 the City Council adopted a resolution under the heading of “Linking Sommerhoffpark” and presented it to the Municipal Authorities. In the following years this led to the development of the Sommerhoffpark urban masterplan, based on the “Nördliches Mainufer” development study.
The City Council passed the resolution for the masterplan on February 24, 2011 in accordance with section 9545. In conjunction with the alignment plan no. 1735 it now forms the current legal foundation for evaluation in accordance with section 34 of the German Building Code.
The zones “A” and “B” represented in the Sommerhoff masterplan and the access routes to the eastern edge of the park are not up to date. The reason: During the planning stage the option of providing joint access from Gutleutstrasse proved more suitable. This led to the omission of the envisaged roundabout, while the cut of the properties owned by the state welfare association “Landeswohlfahrtsverband” and Deutsche Bahn remain close to their original layout. The pupils of Sommerhoffpark school (SamS) and (in the future) the pupils of Hermann Herzog school (HHS) will therefore be able to access the park directly from their school grounds.
The development depicted in the Northern Main embankment study is a proposal.
An ideas competition held in 2013 for the design of two residential high-rises in the masterplan’s “A” zone was won by the architects at Cyrus Moser.
Following the termination of the existing lease agreements of Managementgesellschaft für Hafen und Markt mbH, in a move to augment the Wurzelsiedlung the incentive is to consider changing the current function of this 1.25 hectare site north of the Main embankment in greater depth and therefore build a district center including apartments and a children’s daycare facility. Initial ideas have already been presented, including those by students of Darmstadt Technical University in summer semester 2014.

For further information, please consult the City of Frankfurt’s Parliamentary Information System (PARLIS), specifically the M 258 document presented to the City Council and dating from 2010.