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Urban redevelopment of Central Griesheim

Griesheim-Mitte Wir. Hier. Mit Dir.

Topic:
Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
6
Size of area:
128 ha
Project management:

Ms. Isabell Richter
fone: +49 (0)69 212 44300
fax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Ms. Stefanie Dichtl
fone: +49 (0)69 212 33751
fax: +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.

In Central Griesheim there is a particularly urgent need for action as far as improvement of its residential function is concerned. 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 at year-end 2021 had about 8,000 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 Federal and state urban conversion program (since 2020 “Growth and Sustainable Renewal”) 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.

Project Progress

The successful inclusion of the project in the “Growth and Sustainable Renewal” program (formerly Urban Conversion program) means that funds are now available with which to realize various projects.

The urban development support scheme and the use of the funds granted will derive from an Integrated District Development Concept, IDDC for short. Working closely with local citizens, local businesses, and various representatives of educational and leisure time facilities, the IDDC was compiled and specific projects for Central Griesheim defined. The IDDC and the projects embodied in the concept will be implemented during the course of the scheme – together with citizens, property owners, businesspeople and public competence centers.

The individual projects in the extensive list of IDDC measures will be realized one after the other. For information on the current status of the individual projects please consult the section on “Individual projects and Measures”.


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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, 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.

You want to become a member?
Please consult the city renewal management team as regards becoming a member.
Please take part! We want to hear your views and opinions.


Foundation and members of the Local Partnership

The first civic event with a view to founding a Local Partnership was held on August 13, 2018 in central Griesheim. On the evening of the event, a selection process was followed to nominate representatives of the citizens to sit on the Local Partnership committee. A total of 15 committed local inhabitants were made members. Together with 14 other representatives of the various institutions active in central Griesheim, they will in coming years represent the wishes and needs of their neighbors as regards the process of converting the city. The Frankfurt/Main Executive Council will officially appoint the 29-member committee.

 

The Local Partnership: Where and when?

Owing to the pandemic the Local Partnership meetings will be held online until further notice. The members will be sent an email with the relevant link inviting them to participate. Any other interested parties are asked to please contact the Urban Conversion Management desk (tel.: 069-35350 / email: info@griesheim-mitte.de)

 

Meeting schedule 2022

•    June 9      6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by May 19, 2022
•    July 28      6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by July 7, 2022
•    Sept. 15    6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by Aug. 25, 2022
•    Oct. 27      6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by Oct. 6, 2022
•    Dec. 1       6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by Nov. 10, 2022

 

 


Contingent fund

City of Frankfurt Contingent Fund for Areas that come under Urban Development Promotion, © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

City of Frankfurt Contingent Fund for Areas that come under Urban Development Promotion, © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

Contingent fund of the City of Frankfurt/Main
With a view to strengthening its commitment to the common good, the City of Frankfurt is making available to those districts undergoing urban renewal a budget (contingent fund) for the execution of minor local projects and measures. In an unbureaucratic way the fund will enable independent civic activity in the non-investment field.

Do you have an idea that could be used to play an active role in your neighborhood? The City of Frankfurt will be pleased to reimburse you for your efforts.

Initial ideas for projects can be discussed informally with the neighborhood management team. The district manager Marja Glage also offers assistance with submitting an application and the implementation process.


Management of the urban restructuring

Stadtumbaumanagement © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH (BSMF) was commissioned to support realization of the urban conversion efforts with the urban conversion management team. The latter consists of the project managers and the urban conversion district management team.

In the field of project management, the urban conversion management team handles preparation, realization, and follow-up on investment projects relating to urban planning development.

The urban conversion team can be reached at the district office in Waldschulstrasse 17A; it is available during the regular advisory sessions.


Single projects and measures

New greened and sports areas on Ahornstrasse

Scope – New greened areas on Ahornstrasse, © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

 The “New greened and sports areas on Ahornstrasse” is part of the Integrated District Development Concept IDDC (resolution of the City Council of February 2020, section 4500).

The measure is destined to achieve different objectives:
-    Upgrading sports, playground and greened areas along Ahornstrasse,
-    Creating a link for pedestrians and cyclists between Mainzer Landstrasse and Lärchenstrasse.

To this end, in the residential district two greened and unbuilt areas will be upgraded by landscape planning and become new zones. On the area hitherto used commercially to the south of Ahornstrasse a public greened sports area is currently being created for families and young people (sub-section “TB 3”). Parallel to this, on the plot at Ahornstrasse 99 (site: Kai-Uwe Gärtner House) already used for public purposes a small park will be established for the quarter ideal for infants and children (sub-section “TB 1”). In addition, the path between Ahornstrasse and und Froschhäuser Strasse will be augmented (sub-section “TB 2”) and in this way access to the quarter improved.

In the context of the Urban Planning Promotion Day 2021, a film with young people from the quarter that highlights how a former car dealership area has been transformed into a modern, multifunctional sports and leisure-time area. The film shows the gradual development of the area away from its original state through to the first construction activities and how local inhabitants influenced things – and is itself part of the way the locals have made it their own.
The development of the new sports and leisure-time area as presented in the film takes pride of place in the multi-stage development process on Ahornstrasse. It was made possible by swapping the area for another piece of land.

In July 2021, the new “Chill & Sports”- Ahornstrasse sports and leisure-time area for young people in Central Griesheim-Mitte was opened.


District square – New heart

Scope – creating a district square, © City Planning Department City of Frankfurt/Main
Der Vorplatz des Saalbaus wird in die Gestaltung integriert, © faktorgruen Landschaftsarchitekten, Freiburg, mit Fichtner Water & Transportation, Freiburg

The new design of the areas round the Griesheim LRT station is one of the key local sustainable development projects. The areas have the key functions: a meeting place, a linking underpass that serves as an entrance to the district. Today, the entire zone is not very appealing and is not structured in terms of urban and transportation planning. The central location is ideal, however, to create an additional attractive space in Central Griesheim.

The objective of the open planning competition (November 2020 to September 2021) is to develop ideas for a central square that encourages people to spend time there. The focus is in particular on creating a district square to the north that forges a strong identity for Griesheim. That said, the plan is to render the less public areas in the south accessible to all local inhabitants.

The competition is being carried out with the close involvement of the local residents in order to give them an opportunity to help influence things and to boost acceptance of the new areas to be created.
In fall 2020, the civic inclusion process commenced for the new heart of Griesheim around the station. Things commenced with a first Civic Dialog session in order for proposals for the planning to be factored into the competition call for ideas. Owing to Corona, this took place in the form of public surveys around the station and an online session. Children and young people from the Georg August Zinn School also took part. The local partnership (LoPa), which is accompanying the entire urban conversion process, met for a digital workshop likewise to develop suggestions.

As the first stage of the competition, a first jury meeting presented review recommendations for the proposals. Since that time, proposals and the jury’s decision on the competition have been tabled. Among the proposals submitted, Concept 1004 designed by joint venture faktorgruen Landschaftsarchitekten bdla beratende Ingenieure mbB and Fichtner Water & Transportation GmbH emerged the winner The planning competition has thus been decided and the negotiation procedure will now take place. In early November, there will be a digital information evening for local citizens where they can ask questions and comment on the winning entries. The parties responsible for the proposals that won the 1st and 2nd Prizes will take part and present their respective entries.

Construction work for the overall project is expected to commence in 2026.


Development of the Fiat grounds

Scope of application – development of the Fiat grounds, © City of Frankfurt Planning Dept.

New sites for schools as well as childcare facilities are being sought throughout the city of Frankfurt. The Schools Development Plan also indicates a need to expand the range of secondary schools in West Frankfurt. In addition, the population of the district of Griesheim is growing yet it only has a very low ratio of parkland to built areas.

In order to do justice to requirements, in 2020 the City of Frankfurt acquired the Fiat grounds. From the viewpoint of the city, the grounds, which are 2.7 hectares in size, are optimally suited for development for communal purposes and to supplement the shortfall in parkland. Development Plan no. 931 – South of Mainzer Landstrasse/Elektronstrasse – which still has to be formally resolved, lays the foundations under planning law to establish a primary school, a secondary school, and opportunities for childcare. In addition, it will be possible to create a public green space here.
 
Acquisition of the site, site clearance, and preparation of the site, will be subsidized by the Federal government, the state, and the European Union. Grants totaling 4,700,000 Euros to cover recognized costs eligible for support will thus be provided for the project from the “Growth and Sustainable Renewal” Urban Development Support Program (formerly: “Urban Conversion” program) and the European Fund for Regional Development (IWB-EFRE-Program Hessen).
 
In 2021, soil surveys and pollutant analyses were conducted, as well as planning and tendering site clearance. The demolition and dismantling work will take place in 2022. Subsequently, planning will be finalized with the inclusion of citizens in the process – by holding an urban-planning and building construction competition. From today’s point of view, the corresponding building plans and open space planning will be ready at the earliest in 2025. A concept will be introduced for the interim use of the grounds.


Additional individual projects and measures

Improvement in rainwater management

Geltungsbereich - Verbesserung der Regenwasserbewirtschaftung, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Hot summer months and long periods without rain interrupted by torrential rainfall are increasingly defining the climate in Germany. Above all in our cities and communities, incidents of torrential rainfall can place excessive strain on local authority water management facilities and thus cause severe damage. A (partial) solution to the problem can be derived from close-to-natural rainwater management.

The objective of near-natural rainwater management entails making use of the rainfall and restoring the natural water cycle. Instead of directly channeling the rainwater into the drains, it should be allowed to seep into the ground where it occurs, evaporate, and be used. Not only does this take the strain offer the drains and sewage system, but also improves the local climate and supports the regeneration of our aquifers.

Alongside a whole raft of other measures that the City of Frankfurt is supporting with programs such as “Refreshing Frankfurt” and has codified in the supra-ordinated “Masterplan 100 % Climate Protection”, sustainable rainwater management is being promoted as part of the “Urban Redevelopment of Central Griesheim” project.

To this end, in team of advisors in Central Griesheim has been deployed to actively support interested property owners in developing solutions for their respective real estate.

Various measures are being supported that are designed to promote evaporation, rain seepage or use of the rainwater. Reimbursement can be provided up to a total of 85 % of the costs per measure and piece of land classified as worthy of support up to a maximum sum of EUR 20,000. For the details, please consult the support guidelines.

The Urban Redevelopment Management unit will gladly provide further information should you be interested and put you in contact with the team of advisors.


Zukunft Siedlung Ahornstraße

Information für die Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner der Siedlung Ahornstrasse

Im Rahmen des Stadtumbaus Griesheim-Mitte wird die Siedlung Ahornstraße  weiterentwickelt. Bestehende Häuser werden saniert, neue Wohnungen gebaut und die neu entstehenden Grünflächen einladend und abwechslungsreich gestaltet. In diesem Filmclip  erfahren Sie, was genau geplant ist und wie Sie diese Zukunft mitgestalten können.

 


Haben Sie Fragen? Schreiben Sie an das Quartiersmanagement des Stadtumbaus unter info@griesheim-mitte.de, rufen Sie unter Telefon: 069 – 35350991 an oder kommen Sie in unsere Sprechstunde im Nachbarschaftsbüro (Waldschulstraße 17a) montags von 15 bis 18 Uhr sowie mittwochs von 9 bis 12 Uhr vorbei.