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New dwellings in 'Engelsruhe'

Urban restructuring around Markomannenweg

Approx. 11 hectares of the ‘Social City Unterliederbach-Ost’ project site (or almost one third of the total area) will be subject to gradual restructuring and new buildings. The restructuring of the sites earmarked for residential development on both sides of Markommannenweg and sections of Alemannenweg (owner: Hellerhof GmbH / ABG Holding) will be central to the urban renewal process. The existing 1930s residential buildings (180 small low-standard houses) will be demolished one by one and replaced with around 250 modern new edifices. The owner has declined the option to refurbish the existing facilities for economic reasons.

The 2000-1 urban masterplan by S.K.A.T. consortium and Speer & Partner, which is tailored to the development needs in the Social City zone, forms the basis for the new development. On that basis, the planners at Scheffler und Partner have now created a structural building plan. The majority of the new buildings will be erected on the existing grounds. A new element will be introduced in the form of the district center, which creates an extension of today’s Chattenweg (east-west axis) and is intended to give the district a new identity. ‘Neue Mitte’ will essentially comprise a district square flanked by two rows of buildings in the north and south. This way the square will be opened up to the east; a public stretch of green will run as far as the estate’s outer edge at Teutonenweg. With the district square and green section, the new east-west axis closes important gaps in the urban fabric and reduces the estate’s existing shortcomings.

The majority of the new buildings will have two or three stories, some of which will be set back from the line of the façade. Only ‘Neue Mitte’ will have perimeter structures of three or four stories high, complete with underground car parking facilities. Overall the new development will include 149 dwellings that are subsidized housing. The rents will be pitched to reflect those in the old buildings up for demolition and offer affordable residences in particular for the low-income brackets.

Construction on the so-called ‘Starterzeile 1’, a subsidized housing development on Markommennenweg 12-16, kicked off in 2005. It provided alternative housing for the first tenants from the old houses awaiting demolition. The construction of another ‘starter row’ in 2009 (Cimbernweg 5-7, subsidized housing), for which an additional site had to be purchased, provided additional tenants with living space and initiated preparation of further planning. 2011 saw the construction of two rows of residential buildings upside from the planned buildings on the square (Markomannenweg east and west, social housing), which were completed at the end of that year. They likewise accommodated tenants from the existing houses.

At the same time, preparations commenced building underground car parks and buildings on the square (rows of houses in the north and south, social housing). They were completed in 2014.

Subsidized housing (Starterzeile 2 on Cimbernweg), Architekt Gottschick, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

In 2008, three privately-financed residential complexes on Alemannenweg were completed in addition to the subsidized apartment buildings. The remaining rows of residential homes will cater to people in the middle-income brackets in a bid to achieve a well-balanced residential mix. In total, 273 new dwellings will be built in the course of the redevelopment.


Privately financed residential dwellings on Alemannenweg, Architekten Scheffler und Partner, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main