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Potential sites for new housing status: 2019

In recent years, the number of Frankfurt inhabitants eligible to live here (inhabitants who have their principal or secondary residence in the city) has steadily risen; in fact, the figure has increased by a good 29,000 inhabitants since 2016. By the end of 2019, a total of 769,599 inhabitants were registered in Frankfurt as eligible to live here. This population increase will, or so the advance forecast by the Civic Office, Statistics and Elections (June 2015) rise to approx. 810,000 inhabitants by the year 2030.

The demand for housing is rising along with this expected growth in the local population. Since 2016 a good 15,000 new apartments have been built. By the end of 2030 no less than 90,000 new apartments will be required in Frankfurt (“Housing Requirement Forecast for Frankfurt/Main”, Institut für Wohnen und Umwelt, [June 2016, Darmstadt]).


Europaviertel residential area, © City of Frankfurt Planning Dept.

In order to meet the challenge of the burgeoning need for housing additional areas need to be identified where housing can be built. The goal here it to coordinate the drive to prepare land for housing construction and make it duly available.
This effort rests on an overview of existing potential sites. The overview highlights potential areas where more than 50 housing units can be built and where the potential for new housing can only be unlocked if the requisite planning regulations are put in place . The timeframe assumed for the overview is 10 years.

The list contains potential sites that are at different stages of realization. Before they become available as building land with plots ready for development as a rule they have progressed through various stages, namely from site identification, legal planning, land use readjustment and infrastructure development. Given the manifold processes involved, the forecast the list offers thus entails corresponding uncertainties. The housing construction expected on the land made available depends as a rule on what particular decisions the private owners of the land take and it is therefore only possible to estimate what will occur.


Potential sites for new housing  status: 2019, © City of Frankfurt Planning Dept.

In total, in the medium to long-term sites are available for 19.700 housing units.
In addition to this potential land for housing construction, in areas where at present preliminary studies are being conducted on urban development measures (as per the German Building Code sections 165 ff.), current estimates suggest a total of 10,370 housing units could be built.
A further figure of some 3,850 housing units could be erected in areas that are at present subject to qualifications given the necessary distance to be maintained to hazardous incident plants. Furthermore, there is a residual potential of about 1,500 housing units in existing building.
All in all, the total arithmetic potential comes to 35,420 housing units.

The plan is to build the lion’s share of the housing units in areas undergoing redevelopment that will then be supplemented by specific new potential greenfield building sites.


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