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Urban redevelopment of Central Griesheim

Urban revitalization


Representation in the project map (German)

Reason for planning

In November 2019, the area of “Central Griesheim” was included in the Urban Redevelopment in Hessen scheme run by the Federal and Hessen State governments. The urban development scheme follows on directly from implementation of the “Griesheim - north of the Railroad” urban development concept adopted in 2014. Central Griesheim is a district that has grown over time, in which different epochs and the development they experienced have all left traces. In Central Griesheim there is a particularly urgent need for action as far as improvement of its residential function is concerned. Given both the quarter’s location in Frankfurt and its mixed usage, the available housing is subject to numerous interferences. At the same time, because the city of Frankfurt is growing, the number of inhabitants in the district is increasing. On the back of the comparative analysis of social data (2013 Monitoring of Social Segregation and Disadvantage in Frankfurt/Main) it can be said that Central Griesheim is one of the sixth most socially deprived districts in the city. As this is a traditional commercial district, local business also needs to be strengthened in order to ensure the future viability of the diverse local commercial activities. Given demographic and climatic aspects, the consequences of climate change and the ensuing requisite climate adaptation measures likewise need to be taken into account. Parallel to the urban redevelopment process, Central Griesheim has, since January 2015, has been receiving funding as part of the Frankfurt “Active Neighborhoods” scheme. Management of the district is funded by the Internationaler Bund (IB, International Federation). 

Planning area

Central Griesheim in the Frankfurt district of Griesheim for the moment covers an area of approx. 128 hectares, and in late 2017 had approx. 8,035 inhabitants. To the north, it is bordered by Mainzer Landstrasse and to the south by the tracks of the railroad between Frankfurt Main Station and Wiesbaden. To the west, it extends as far as the access road to the B 40 highway, and to the east as far as the A5 interstate. The Central Griesheim urban redevelopment zone is itself extremely heterogeneous and is defined by 1960s housing in the east and a mixed-use small-scale building structure, to one that is predominantly commercial in the west.

Planning objectives

The intention behind the inclusion of Central Griesheim in the Urban Redevelopment in Hessen scheme run by the Federal and Hessen state governments is to expand and advance the City of Frankfurt’s objectives – as have been pursued to date as part of the “Griesheim - north of the Railroad” urban development concept. As well as defusing difficult situations with regard to promoting housing while also safeguarding real estate that can be used commercially, the focus is also on activating the potential that available spaces offer and creating new or improving existing links between open spaces. In connection with these objectives, improvements to traffic zones, for example, and the possibility of the climatic and energetic renewal of the quarter must be considered.

Project progress

In 2014, the City of Frankfurt commissioned Konversions-Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (KEG) with implementation of the projects listed in the “Griesheim – north of the Railroad” development concept. Despite initial success stories, efforts to viably advance Central Griesheim for the future quickly reached the limits of informal processes. With a view to moving the initiated development process forward in a constructive way and exploiting the potential that had already been identified, an application was made for Central Griesheim to be included in the Urban Development in Hessen scheme run by the Federal and Hessen state governments. The application was successful and therefore for the first time funds are now available with which to realize identified projects as well as new ones. Furthermore, the enlargement of the planning area in comparison with the existing development concept “Griesheim-north of the Railroad” means that land in Central Griesheim not previously investigated can be considered for development. The urban development scheme and the use of the funds granted will be based on drawing up of an Integrated District Development Concept, or IDDC for short. In the summer of 2018 the company Freischlad+Holz was tasked with drawing up the IDCC. Working closely with local citizens, local businesses and various representatives of educational and leisure time facilities, by the summer of 2019 it will have drawn up the IDCC and defined specific projects for Central Griesheim. The IDCC and the projects embodied in the concept will be implemented during the course of the 14-year scheme together with citizens, property owners, tradesmen and public competence centers. An initial public information event to explain the process behind the drawing up of the IDDC was held on June 14, 2018 in the Saalbau building in Griesheim. Prior to that, in October 2017 on a walk with City Councilor Mike Josef, in anticipation of the Integrated District Development Concept, the future tasks and objectives of the procedure were explained and discussed with all those citizens interested in the matter. Parallel to devising the IDDC, a committee known as the “Central Griesheim Local Partnership” will be established. Made up of inhabitants and representatives of institutions operating in the area, the committee will be involved in all fields of activity of the urban redevelopment process and is heavily committed to the participation process for the drawing up of the IDDC.

The first meeting of the Local Partnership is expected to be on October 11, 2018 in Central Griesheim. At the inaugural meeting the committee, under its own authority, will draw up rules of procedure, elect a Chairperson, and set the dates of the next meetings.


Project management

Ms. Stephanie Doering

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 33751
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761

Ms. Isabell Richter

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 44300
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761