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Masterplan, Housing
District: Local district:
Size of area:
20 ha
Project management:

Mr. Christoph Packhieser
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 30477
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Project description

Reason for planning
Though it is the central attraction of the masterplan area, Sommerhoffpark can only be accessed from Gutleutstrasse via a narrow gap between the children’s daycare center and the electricity substation. Apart from that, the zone in question straddles a sequence of urban planning deficits, including the apparently random combination of different usages, the absence of quality leisure space, the lack of hospitality outlets on Gutleutstrasse and of appealing green links along the Main River and between the Main and Gutleutstrasse.

Development district
The 20-hectare zone is situated on the northern embankment of the River Main. Of this, a stretch approx. 1.1 hectare in size is Deutsche Bahn property. Extending parallel to the railroad embankment from the cogeneration plant in the north to the banks of the Main River, it marks the end point of the development district in the east. Gutleutstrasse, which has convenient private transport links thanks to the Westhafen junction and is served by public transport with the no. 37 bus, runs north of the development district. In the south, the natural border that is the waterfront includes the zone as far as the extension of Erntestrasse in the west at the intersection with the commercial zone (cement works).

Planning objectives
One of the areas for conversion the urban masterplan envisages is the land owned by Deutsche Bahn with the former, now disused cogeneration plant. The prominent position on the river and the Main Neckar bridge spell the right ingredients to create a prestigious gateway to the city. The idea is to erect a residential block that is accessed from one side only and earmarked for student dorms, along with two residential high-rises directly situated on the river, including a children’s daycare facility. The block will moreover be conceived to serve as noise protection.
Another objective of the urban master plan is to convert less-used areas in the port (level with the so-called “Wurzelsiedlung”) into a housing quarter.
As part of the restructuring, the Mainuferpark will be continued to the west; the idea is to link Sommerhoffpark and Westhafen port as a single coherent zone. The new build to replace thea children’s daycare facility in bad need of repair on Gutleutstrasse offers an ideal opportunity to design a suitable entrance to the park.

Project progress
As early as 2005 the City Council adopted a resolution under the heading of “Linking Sommerhoffpark” and presented it to the Municipal Authorities. In the following years this led to the development of the Sommerhoffpark urban masterplan, based on the “Nördliches Mainufer” development study.
The City Council passed the resolution for the masterplan on February 24, 2011 and in conjunction with the alignment plan no. 1735 it now forms the current legal foundation for evaluation in accordance with section 34 of the German Building Code.
The building structures put forward as proposals on the masterplan are meant only as a specimen scenario based on current overall conditions and may be adapted to future developments.

New builds: Two residential towers and a student dorm
The zones “A” and “B” represented in the Sommerhoff masterplan and the access routes to the eastern edge of the park are not up to date. The reason: During the planning stage the option of providing joint access from Gutleutstrasse proved more suitable. This led to the omission of the envisaged roundabout. The cut of the properties owned by the state welfare association “Landeswohlfahrtsverband” and Deutsche Bahn largely follow their original layout. The pupils of Sommerhoffpark school and of Hermann Herzog school will therefore be able to access the park directly from their school grounds.
An ideas competition was held in 2013 and led to selection of a draft for new builds on sites “A” and “B” in the form of two residential towers and a student dorm. The two residential towers with heights of about 66 and 38 meters respectively will contain about 125 housing units as well as a childcare center complete with outdoor area. The planned student dorm would rise up to a height of about 40 meters parallel to the railway embankment. The some 390 apartments will all be located on the side of the building facing away from the noise. The outdoor space separating the residential towers and the student dorm is likewise located on the side facing away from the noise and will feature a lot of greenery.
Thanks to the new builds, a green promenade will arise on the northern bank of the River Main connecting Westhafen and Sommerhoffpark. To this end, a 20-meter-wide strip of land running parallel to the river will be landscaped.

Zoning Plan no. 934 “South of Gutleutstrasse/ Hirtenstrasse/ Wurzelstrasse“

On January 28, 2021 the City Council approved preparation of Zoning Plan no. 934 which covers large sections that fall within the scope of the masterplan. The zoning plan secures orderly urban development in the west section of the Gutleutviertel district. As part of the zoning plan process the objectives of the masterplan will be fleshed out further and implementation commenced.

For further information please visit PARLIS (The City of Frankfurt Parliamentary Information System):

M 258 2010 - Masterplan “Sommerhoffpark” SR 9
M 258 2010 - Annex 1 - Masterplan
M 258 2010 - Annex 2 – Building proposal
M 192 2020 - Zoning Plan no. 934 – South of Gutleutstrasse/Hirtenstrasse/Wurzelstrasse