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Commercial Estates Development Program

In its function as an urban planning development concept, the Commercial Estates Development Program has been updated as per section 1 para. 6 no. 11 and the City Council approved it on March 4, 2021 in the context of tabled proposal for resolution NR 1368/2021. It has been adjusted to reflect the current social, economic, ecological, and urban trends in Frankfurt and the related challenges. The concept lays the foundations for the long-term development and securing of real estate for industry, commerce and the trades, and functions as a guideline for future decision-making and planning.

The update is based on the cadastral register of commercial estates, the commercial real estate defined in the Regional Land Use Plan and the Industry Master Plan’s “Spatial-functional development concept for commerce”.

The types of sites defined in the Commercial Estates Development Program give concrete form to the objectives for maintaining and developing commercial real estate in both substantive and spatial terms. They serve as guidelines for advice on relocations, construction, and urban development planning. The program distinguishes between seven site types:

• Industrial park (with strong emissions)
• Ports / Logistics (with emissions and heavy traffic
• Commerce (with emissions)
• District commerce (limited emissions)
• Urban commerce / offices (limited emissions)
• Retail (limited emissions / heavy traffic)
• Urban districts

Commercial Estates Development Program – development goals, © City of Frankfurt Planning Dept.

The resolution covers the following points in detail:

The update specifies a series of commercial estates for which development plans need to be approved or changed with the objective of securing and developing the real estate in question. These include both existing areas and spill-over areas within the city limits.

In zones around industrial and commercial estates to which special attention must be paid, in the event of housing construction coming close to them or such projects having been approved, mutual consideration shall be the order of the day as regards existing industrial and/or commercial facilities. The defined buffer zone is 500 meters for industrial sites, 300 meters for port and logistics sites, and 100 meters for commercial sites. This serves both to guarantee healthy housing and working conditions and to secure existing commercial and industrial sites.

For specific development zones in Fechenheim, Griesheim and Rödelheim, the plan is to devise dialog-based urban planning concepts that have the goal of activating potential commercial real estate. The development sites bundle areas in which there is a strong need for action. On the one hand, they are highly complex problematic sites and, on the other, stand out for considerable potential as sites (among others the sites are not used or under-used).

In the commercial estates in the Rödelheim development zone there are considerable potential sites. A central obstacle to development is the already high use of the surrounding road network. As a result, the Municipal Executive Couoncil has been instructed to try and persuade the State of Hessen and if necessary the federal government to significantly improve the connection of the commercial estates in the Rödelheim/Sossenheim development zone to the federal interstates in the area of the Frankfurt Northwest cloverleaf.

Commercial Estates Development Program – measures, © City of Frankfurt Planning Dept.

Based on the experiences gained with the model project to develop a sustainable commercial estate at North Fechenheim/Seckbach new sites for further estate management will be identified and evaluated. Likewise based on experience gained, the development of a “Zero Emissions Commercial Estate” pilot project in Frankfurt will be assessed.

Sale or leasing properties owned by the City of Frankfurt and its own operational subsidiaries that are located in the types of sites defined as industrial and commercial estates as well as ports and logistics hubs shall, so the updated program, in future only be used in justified exceptional cases for usages only approved as exceptions that are in the city’s interest.

To cover the need for commercial sites, the plan is to develop at least one new commercial estate in Frankfurt. The zone “North of Züricher Strasse” will be assessed to establish its potential as a possible commercial estate.

The Commercial Estates Development Program also envisages developing a uniform concept for business real estate, strengthening regional cooperation in FrankfurtRhineMain and establishing a development company to acquire, develop, manage and market properties, plots of land or complete commercial estates.


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Mr. Thomas Hickmann

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