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Am Eschbachtal / Harheimer Weg

Urban development draft, Housing
District: Local district:
10, 14, 15
Size of area:
32.9 ha
Project management:

Ms. Christina Stiel
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 37756
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 40566

Project description

Reason for planning
The planning area has for some time now been earmarked in regional and preparatory land use plans as a site for development and housing, and as such is an important element in the provision of future housing in Frankfurt.
By extending the urban reach of the district of Bonames space-saving, attractive new housing can be created and, given the link to the existing LRT line, infrastructure already in place can be use meaningfully and to a greater extent.

Planning area
The planning area is in the north of the City of Frankfurt/Main on the eastern outskirts of the district of Bonames.
It is roughly demarcated to the west by the existing structures in Bonames and to the north,east, and south by the “Green Belt and Strips of Greenery of the City of Frankfurt/Main”nature conservation area, though in the northeast the road curving round the edge of the construction area defines the perimeter.

In some places the area is located within the boundaries of the districts of Nieder-Eschbach, Harheim, and Bonames. The planning area covers a total surface area of approx. 44.25 hectares.

Planning objectives
The legal zoning plan Am Eschbachtal - Harheimer Weg is intended to make land available in the east and northeast of Bonames for a family-friendly residential area with centrally located facilities of its own.
It will take the form of a structured, socially balanced development with a variety of types of building, thus enabling different forms of living. Alongside single-family dwellings in detached homes, terraced houses, and town houses, the focus will be on multi-story structures, primarily peripheral block developments loosely grouped around courtyards, as well as
stand-alone buildings.

In terms of social infrastructure, the plans envisage four nurseries spread across the area, an elementary and secondary school in the north, and a fire station in the south. Furthermore, in addition to the housing there will also be non-intrusive commercial premises in the form of shops, hospitality outlets, medical practices, and offices in central areas.

A large district park will form a key element of the new housing area; it will forge a link
between old and new zones and connect the open spaces leading to the surrounding
countryside with those in the area.
The new construction zone will only be accessed via a new road along the outskirts of the
district. Existing access roads such as Galgenstrasse will be reserved for pedestrian and
cycle traffic only.
The road along the perimeter will accommodate some of the traffic that currently passes
through the old center of Bonames, meaning that there will be no extra traffic there.
Together with a bus stop on the new road Harheimer Weg , the new subway station on the
existing track (lines U2 and U9) provides for easy local public transport connections and also
spells shorter distances for many people already living in Bonames.

Planning Progress
The origins of legal zoning plan no. 516 “Am Eschbachtal - Harheimer Weg” date back to
housing plans for the city as a whole from the 1970s.
In a working session in September 1991, alternative urban design proposals were developed
by city planners and various architects in an intensive work and discussion process. The
proposal submitted by Frank Gehry’s studio in Santa Monica, California, was ultimately
selected. The prize-winning proposal was subsequently revised and adapted to the altered
prospects of realization for some sections, as well as in order to meet noise protection
requirements and regulations governing the impact on nature.
The formal legal zoning planning procedure was formally launched with the decision in favor
of the plan being drawn up taken on November 14, 1991. Changes to its scope necessitated
a second decision in favor of it being drafted in April 1999; the requisite civic participation
had already taken place in June 1996. First involvement of the relevant authorities ran from
June 23, 1999 to August 13, 1999; adaptations of the plans necessitated involving the
relevant authorities a second time in June and July 2001. The documents were put on public
display for general inspection parallel to these participations.
In subsequent years, planning came to a halt, due, among other things, to the prioritization of
different construction projects. In 2012, the Municipal Authority revived the plans for the
construction area.
In view of requirements relating to the technical and social infrastructure, and the current
demand for housing, it did not advisable simply to update the previous plans. For this reason,
Frankfurt-based BS+ was tasked with revising the urban design proposal on the basis of
current framework conditions while retaining defining basic structures.
In fall 2013 residents were presented with an initial proposal in “Haus Nidda” in Bonames.
This came in for harsh criticism from some members of the population and local district
councils. As a result, from spring to fall 2015 ideas for revising the urban planning concept
were explored in four planning discussions involving local actors, the authorities, and
This resulted in a revised version of the urban planning concept which was presented to
residents on November 4, 2015 in “Haus Nidda”.

The urban density for the construction area is currently being investigated on the basis of the
concept drawn up in the previous dialog process with a view to treating the relevant land as
carefully as possible.
PDF files relating to the project

Project management
Mr. Ingo Lachmann
Tel.: +49 (0)69 212 37617
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761