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Urban redevelopment of Central Griesheim

Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
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.

Foundation and members of the Local Partnership

Neighborhood cluster © City Planning Department, City of Frankfurt/Main

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

•    Jan. 27     6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by Jan. 6, 2022
•    March 10  6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by Jan 17, 2022
•    April 28     6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Submission of proposed topics by April 7, 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.

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

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, 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 June, 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 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.