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South of Niederräder Landstrasse

Reason for planning
Following an in-depth analysis to investigate potential locations for a new German Football Association (DFB) Sports Academy, the existing horseracing arena on the edge of Frankfurt’s Niederrad district was found to enable an ideal solution. The City of Frankfurt now intends to redevelop the grounds into a public park in the north and the site of a Sports Academy. The City has duly cancelled its contracts with Hippodrom GmbH and nullified existing sublease agreements with effect from December 31, 2015.On October 16, 2014 the City Council adopted the resolution to initiate development planning procedures, draw up a leasehold contract with the DFB, and acquire the shares in Hippodrom GmbH.

Development district 
The site in question comprises approx. 40 hectares. Of these, 15 hectares plus an additional optional plot of five hectares have been earmarked for the Sports Academy. In the north there are plans to turn a total of 18 hectares including the existing protective forest into a new public (civic) park. From downtown, the site is accessed via Schwarzwaldstrasse and Kennedyallee. Public transport links include the streetcar, LRT and busses; it takes around 15 minutes to get to Frankfurt’s main train station and Frankfurt Airport. 

Planning objectives
The aim of Legal Zoning Plan no. 916 is to create the legal basis for the orderly urban development that will culminate in establishing a Sports Academy in the south of the zone and  a new public park with recreational facilities in the north, taking the prevailing ecological conditions into consideration. The park will be planned in close consultation with its future users. With the participation procedures relating to the park Bürgerpark Süd having taken place, the results of the events are online.

Project Progress
As early as in spring 2014 the City of Frankfurt and the DFB agreed to use the site identified in a location analysis (namely the horse-racing grounds), in the long term for a Sports Academy. In fall 2014 the City Council, among other things, adopted the resolution to establish Legal Zoning Plan no. 916. Consequently, the DFB organized a bid procedure in agreement with the City of Frankfurt. A t the same time a public petition was filed in favor of a referendum to prevent the demolition of the racetrack arena, whereby the public vote threw out the motion on June 21, 2015.
The draft submitted by the first prize winner (kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen) and the public park (and the future users have played an active role in designing it) were taken as the basic development concept for the Legal Zoning Plan. The public authorities and the general public were involved at an early stage in the proceedings, in 2015. 
To swiftly lay the legal basis for planning, the development plan proposal no. 916 “Sport-Akademie – Südlich Niederräder Landstraße” was presented to the public in the period from January 18 to February 20, 2017. Accordingly, both the public and the authorities were duly given the opportunity to become involved in the planning. 

Project management

Ms. Annette Mank

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 43251
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30731