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Urban redevelopment of Central Griesheim

Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
Size of area:
128 ha
Project management:

Ms. Stephanie Doering
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 33751
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Ms. Isabell Richter
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 44300
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Project description

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.


More informations

Local Partnership

What is the Local Partnership?

Central Griesheim Local Partnership ©City Planning Department of the City of Frankfurt/Main

The Local Partnership is a voluntary committee comprising 15 active citizens and 14 representatives of institutions at work in downtown Griesheim. The members of the Local Partnership represent the needs and wishes of their neighbors and discuss the desired projects and necessary changes in downtown Griesheim. They are in close contact with local authorities and the Municipal Council, as they will be in future with the city renewal management team, and make recommendations to Local Consultative Council 6. The committee is a participation and information multiplier for all citizens, as well as institutions operating in downtown Griesheim.

The Local Partnership: Where and when?

Neighborhood cluster © City Planning Department, City of Frankfurt/Main

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


Next meetings of the Local Partnership (LoPa):


March 7, 2019: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Venue to be announced with the invitation

April 11, 2019: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Venue to be announced with the invitation

May 23, 2019: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Venue to be announced with the invitation

July 4, 2019: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Venue to be announced with the invitation



Project management and management of the restructuring of the urban district

Griesheim-Mitte: Stadtumbau-Quartiersmanagement und Projektsteuerung © BSMF Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH / DSK Deutsche Stadt- und Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG

In late 2016 Central Griesheim was included in the “Urban Redevelopment in Hessen” scheme run by the Federal and Hessen State governments. As of April this year two companies Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH (BSMF) and Deutsche Stadt- und Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (DSK) have together been supervising the urban development process that has been set in motion. They form the urban development management team whose brief is to run the project and provide management at the district level for the urban redevelopment. With regard to project management, the team therefore undertakes the preparation, implementation and follow-up of investment projects and urban development measures. The urban redevelopment district management team functions as an important interface between the administrative authorities, the players in the district, and the residents. Furthermore, the urban redevelopment-district management team ensures the continual transfer of information between all those involved in the process. The project management / urban redevelopment-district management team can be visited district office at Waldschulstrasse 17A during regular consultation hours on Mondays from 1 p.m. -4 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. 12 p.m..

Furthermore, the district office in Waldschulstrasse is manned all day by the Griesheim district management team, which in the context of the Frankfurt “Active Neighborhoods” scheme is responsible for social district development in the whole of Griesheim. The team’s objectives are the creation of meeting points, the promotion of the local culture, improvements to and enhancement of the lived environment, the development of an identity for the whole of the district, and strengthening the local infrastructure and economy. Particular emphasis is laid on the active inclusion of residents, as a result of which potential can be nurtured and self-help possibilities developed. 

The favorable circumstances for close collaboration in a joint office and the linking of the two district management teams means citizens can turn to a low-threshold focal point. This forms the basis of a successful new era in Central Griesheim and the implementation of the planned projects.