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Urban redevelopment of Central Griesheim

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

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

Ms. Stefanie Dichtl
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 33751
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 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 support scheme and the use of the funds granted will derive from an Integrated District Development Concept, IDDC for short, which first had to be prepared. In the summer of 2018, the company Freischlad+Holz was tasked with drawing up the IDDC. Working closely with local citizens, local businesses, and various representatives of educational and leisure time facilities, by the summer of 2019 the IDDC had been compiled and specific projects for Central Griesheim defined. Following approval of the prepared IDCC by the relevant State of Hessen ministry in fall 2019, in late February 2020 it was adopted by the City Council of the City of Frankfurt. The IDDC and the projects embodied in the concept will be implemented during the course of the 14-year scheme – together with citizens, property owners, business people and public competence centers. The entire IDDC, its annex, and the resolution pertaining to the IDDC passed by the City Council can be viewed and downloaded – they are included in the PDF files relating to the project.

The individual projects outlined in the extensive list of IDDC measures will be implemented one after the other. There are already initial successes to report: In Ahornstrasse playground and leisure-time areas are being created in line with the construction phases. Moreover, in this segment the range of housing on offer has been increased. An extensive competition is being held in order to create a new center for Griesheim in the area of the railway station. Subsequently, planning will be taken further with the inclusion of the citizens. Additional projects are already being prepared for launch.


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More information

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

 

 


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.


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

At the end of 2016, Griesheim Mitte was included in the federal and state funding program “Urban Restructuring in Hessen”. Since April of this year, the resultant urban development process has been jointly supervised by the two offices Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH (BSMF), a consultancy specializing in urban regeneration and modernization, and urban and real-estate development company Deutsche Stadt- und Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (DSK). These two companies are supervising the urban restructuring process and have been tasked with managing the project and the urban district restructuring scheme. In the area of project management, the urban restructuring management team is preparing the implementation and wrap up of the investment projects and urban development measures. The district urban restructuring management team holds an important interface function between the administration, the protagonists in the district and the residents. Furthermore, the district urban restructuring management team will guarantee the uninterrupted flow of information between all those involved in the process. The project management / district urban restructuring management team can be contacted in the district office on Waldschulstrasse 17A. Their regular office hours are Mondays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

Furthermore, the district office at Waldschulstrasse 17A is open all day and is manned by the Griesheim district management team, which is responsible for community development throughout Griesheim as part of Frankfurt’s “Active Neighborhood” program. The district management team’s objectives are to provide meeting points, to promote a sense of community, to improve the living environment and to make it more attractive, to foster a common identity in the district, to enhance the local infrastructure and to boost the local economy. A particular focus in this respect is on the inclusion and participation of residents, thus developing their potential and creating opportunities for them to help themselves.

Owing to the happy circumstance of the close collaboration in the joint office and the interlinking of the two district management teams, residents have been offered a central, low-threshold contact center. This forms the basis of a successful period in Griesheim Mitte and the implementation of the planned projects.


Single projects and measures

Neubau Grün- und Sportflächen Ahornstraße

Geltungsbereiche - Neubau Grünflächen Ahornstraße, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

 


District square – New heart

Scope – creating a district square, © City Planning Department City of Frankfurt/Main

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 June 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 compiled review recommendations for the proposals submitted. A second meeting is scheduled for the summer to nominate the winners.
The findings from a second civic inclusion session will be reflected in negotiations with the prize winners.
The intention is to closely involve local inhabitants in the subsequent in-depth planning process, too.
Construction work for the conversion project is expected to commence in 2026.

Key dates:
March 26, 2021     1st Jury meeting
June / July 2021    2nd Jury meeting
June / July 2021    Exhibition of the proposals in the Municipal Library and in the station building
June / July 2021    Online civic inclusion
June / July 2021    Public survey at the exhibition venues
June / July 2021    Workshop for the Central Griesheim Local Partnership


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 will be conducted, as well as planning and tendering site clearance. The demolition and dismantling work will presumably 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.