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Fechenheim - energized town center

Urban revitalization process as per the Federal/States "Energized Town and District Centers" program

Urban revitalization


Representation in the project map (German)

Reason for planning
Fechenheim’s center was included in the “Aktive Kernbereiche in Hessen” (Energized Town Centers in Hessen) urban development scheme by decision of the State of Hessen of October 31, 2008.
Fechenheim as a district that is predominantly characterized by industry has for some decades been grappling in particular with structural changes in its economy, demographic and social fabric. Deindustrialization and the associated downsizing of jobs provided by local employers are the main causes of what is an above-average unemployment rate.
Shopping malls and major chain-store outlets are predominantly stiff competition for the specialist stores traditionally located in city centers and districts. A growing number of vacant commercial premises at the heart of Fechenheim along with the emergence of unappealing bargain stores and amusement arcades bear witness to this trend.
This situation is further exacerbated by the short supply of residential space for young families from among the middle to high-income brackets, the lack of green and recreational spaces, and the congestion of roads in the center by commuter traffic.

Development district
The zone in question comprises an area of some 31 hectares, is located around the high street, Alt-Fechenheim, and includes the adjacent streets complete with all the relevant retail, commercial and potential construction sites. In the west it is bounded by Konstanzer Strasse and Fachfeldstrasse, in the east by the River Main. The other boundaries: the entrances to the main shopping zone on Alt-Fechenheim (from the streetcar junction in the north to the the cemetery wall in the south) cascading along Einbiglerweg, Starkenburger Strasse and Sedanstrasse as far as Fachfeldstrasse.

Planning objectives
Fechenheim’s potential as regards retailing and utilities, living, culture, leisure time and as a place to work has not been sufficiently exploited to date.
The development project has a favorable influence on Fechenheim’s future advancement and, by activating and connecting protagonists and initiatives, strengthens the district’s competitive edge.
Further objectives aside from rejuvenating the main shopping zone and the associated improvement in the provision of basic services/utilities are the creation of new dwellings, the refurbishment of buildings characteristic of the district’s appearance, along with the urban upgrading of streets and free spaces. The district has marvelous potential thanks to its direct location on the Main waterfront.

Project progress
In September 2009 the development of the integrated action concept, which forms the planning basis for the implementation of the development scheme, was commissioned for the heart of Fechenheim. The concept outlines the strategy for energizing the center and serves as a working schedule to accompany the full period of operations. It is moreover intended to communicate the plans to citizens, investors and other protagonists in the center. The City Council passed the Integrierte Handlungskonzept on September 30, 2010 (section 8811).

On March 25, 2010 the City Council passed the resolution (section 7871) in accordance with section 171 b of the Town and Country Planning Code (BauGB) to formally declare the development area an urban redevelopment zone in advance. This is the requirement to secure approval for future funding, while at the same time emphasizing that all the City’s political committees back the program.

The integrated approach of the redevelopment scheme in public-private partnership and the high quality requirements of the development scheme hinge upon dedicated management as regards the implementation processes. A key aspect of this is the “center management” which aims to integrate the relevant protagonists and ensure program implementation. In the line with the guidelines on the development plan, the center management will be provided not by the administration but by an external firm. An EU-wide call for tenders was launched to appoint a suitable company.

Frankfurt’s City Planning Department has commissioned DSK Deutsche Stadt- und Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & co. KG with the management of the redevelopment of the center.

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Project management

Mr. Gilbert Mayr

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 30418
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761