Development of the Ochsenareal – Development plan approved and development process initiated
The project plan for the development of the Ochsenareal was presented to the municipal council at the beginning of 2018. The committee decided to draw up the development plan for the Ochsenareal through an accelerated procedure in order to secure the urban development. This was a core element of the project’s approval.
Since the placement of a drugstore was unsuccessful, the current planning has focused on a demand-oriented offer of low-barrier residential use, nursing homes with day care as well as assisted living facilities.
That is why a five-storey nursing home with day care operated by the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), and a residential building with assisted living facilities are now being built on the site. This will lead to around 60 new care stations and 19 assisted living apartments for senior citizens (one place per residential unit).
In a second construction phase, two separate buildings are connected by an underground car park in the basement. There are 42 residential units (1.5 parking spaces per residential unit). An additional public car park will provide further parking facilities uptown. Access is exclusively via Alter Schulweg and Hindenburgstraße.
The present development plan is coordinated with project planning, including available expert opinions on species conservation and emission control. Despite the project reference, it is a proposed development plan which can be made more flexible by redefining the character of the area as an “urban area”. This would allow for more development potential through the possible settlement or integration of other commercial enterprises, such as a physiotherapy practice, a kiosk shop, a hairdresser, etc.
The results should be available by October 2020 at the latest. This will allow management to take care of further formalities and design the building application. The construction project is scheduled to begin in spring 2021. The cost of the planning has been contractually agreed upon by the investor.
During their discussions, the municipal council critically questioned the lack of parking spaces and the traffic-related effects on the area. Management pointed out that only a minimum number of parking spaces are required by the state’s building regulations on care facilities. The planned 1.5 parking spaces per residential unit far exceed this legally-required number. This is after employee parking spaces at the nursing home have already been taken into account.
The municipal council finally agreed to follow management’s resolution proposal, approve the draft plan and initiate the participation process. Management was also instructed to negotiate with the investor to try to increase the number of parking spaces per housing unit to 1.7 parking spaces per housing unit.