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New skyscrapers in the east of Frankfurt?

On March 4, 2020, the Immobilien-Dialog Frankfurt am Main (lit. “Real Estate Dialogue Conference Frankfurt”) took place with the motto “Infinite growth potential repackaged”. At this real estate event in Frankfurt, politicians, representatives of the real estate industry and citizens discussed the creative scope and challenges of the growing city of Frankfurt. Following the specialist conference organized by Heuer Dialog, a so-called “Citizens’ Dialogue” took place.

During the conference, city planning director Martin Hunscher mentioned possible new locations for the new high-rise development plan during, including the area around Ostbahnhof (lit. “Eastern Station”), the Banking District and the area around Messe Frankfurt (the trade fair grounds). The Ostbahnhof area, where the European Central Bank is located, is slowly developing into a high-rise cluster. Not far from Light Tower, a total of six new skyscrapers with 10 floors or more will be built here by 2024 (Harbor Park Quarter, Great East).

Hunscher said that further locations for high-rise buildings could be identified around Ostbahnhof. Furthermore, for the new high-rise development plan, the area around the trade fair grounds is being examined more closely, where Grand Tower, ONE and other towers are currently being built. The new high-rise master plan also provides for new locations in the Banking District. Hunscher explained that the City of Frankfurt considers new high-rise buildings to be particularly necessary for office workplaces and is striving for a total of mixed-use quarters. Pure residential towers, such as have been built on a large scale in Frankfurt in recent years, would hardly make any contribution to housing supply, said the planning office manager.

The panelists included:

  • Mike Josef, Head of Planning for the City of Frankfurt
  • Peter Dommermuth, Senior City Director and Head of the Environment Agency for the City of Frankfurt
  • Rolf Janßen, Managing Director of DMB Mieterschutzverein Frankfurt am Main e.V. (tenant protection association)
  • Simone Zapke, Chief Magistrate Director and Head of Building Supervision of the City of Frankfurt
  • Martin Hunscher, Chief Construction Director and Head of the City Planning Office for the City of Frankfurt
  • Frank Alexander, Managing Director of Hermann Immobilien GmbH
  • Holger Hosang, Director Germany, Head of Asset Management North & Central Europe from Allianz Real Estate,
  • Dr. Konstantin Kortmann, Head of Residential Investment at JLL Germany
  • Matthias Beinlich, Managing Director of b’mine hotels GmbH (b’mine hotel)
  • Dr. Christian Kiermeier, Managing Director of ARGOS Projektmanagement GmbH
  • Thomas Förster, Project Manager at BAUWERT Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
  • Thomas Kühr, Managing Director of BAUWERT Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
  • Nils T. Kohl, CEO of OWNR Deutschland GmbH
  • Jan Wetzel, Research Assistant at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
  • Till Diekmann, Frankfurt Branch Manager of CG Gruppe AG (New Frankfurt Towers, Westend Ensemble)
  • Jens Timm, Senior Director & Head of Project Development Services at CBRE GmbH
  • Andreas Jacob, Managing Director of FIRU-mbH

Anette von Zitzewitz (Von Zitzewitz Kommunikation GmbH), Claus-Jürgen Göpfert (Frankfurter Rundschau) and Andreas Jacob (FIRU-mbH) appeared as moderators. Heuer Dialog is a company of Immobilien Zeitung (IZ).

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