The southern site of an abandoned railway area located in the south of Duisburg will witness the emergence of “6-Seen-Wedau”, one of the largest urban development projects in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of regional significance, the project involves the construction of a residential district with around 3,000 residential units on an area that covers approximately 60 hectares. Directly on the waterfront, the newly emerging district which will offer a wide range of high-quality dwellings in various residential forms and types for both homeowners and tenants will be characterized by a high quality of life, excellent infrastructure, educational and care facilities and numerous outdoor and recreational activities.
A new urban district will be created, which will not only cater to the requirement for housing but will also balance out, if not improve, the lack of provision of consumer goods and services in the south of Duisburg. In addition to a large local convenience shopping center to the south of the Wedau Bridge, a new primary school and two daycare centers will be built. Furthermore, the plan also proposes to resume train services that will connect the south of Duisburg to Düsseldorf via Ratingen.
In March 2015, the project-executing agencies signed a consensus agreement on the development of the sites. In June 2016, the Duisburg council approved the urban planning framework as the basis for urban land-use planning. Preparations for obtaining the building rights for the “6-Seen-Wedau” project are in full swing. The City Council of Duisburg voted for the development plan at the end of January. The land-use planning procedure is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.
The initial building work – the construction of a landscaped noise barrier to protect the residents from rail traffic noise – is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2020. The development work for the entire project will begin after the development plan has become legally binding.
Investors can express their interest right away. The plan also includes the sale of the area over a period of around 10 years. To this effect, the area is to be divided into successive building plots that will be marketed starting with the sale of plots in the north and progressing to the sale of plots in the south.
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FACTS AND FIGURES
Development plan no. 1061 II “Wedau”
|Owner:||GEBAG Flächenentwicklunsgesellschaft mbH|
|Area:||Approximately 565,000 m²|
|Designated for:||Housing, social infrastructure (primary school and two daycare centers), local convenience shopping center, services|
|Number of residential units:||Approximately 3,000|
|Responsibility of GEBAG:||Development partnership with DB Immobilien, BEG and the city of Duisburg, developer, construction of subsidized residential buildings|
The property around the old freight station of Duisburg has been a brownfield site for many years. In 2005, Sir Norman Foster was commissioned by the city of Duisburg to develop future plans for the site. On the basis of the master plan for downtown Duisburg, the site to the south of Koloniestrasse was to be developed to include various services to cater to the needs of the district, including a hotel, restaurants and an upmarket food retail outlet. Suitability for residential use was subject to the provision that the proposed plans must comply with urban building and development regulations. In 2010, the property owner Aurelis Asset GmbH sold the former railway premises to Krieger Grundstück GmbH. Although owner Kurt Krieger had initially planned to build a large furniture center on the site, he abandoned this plan in 2015.
The next plan in 2016 proposed the erection of a designer outlet center (DOC) at this location. However, this plan was rejected in September 2017 following a local referendum in which a slim majority of 51.09 percent of the citizens voted against the DOC. Since then, the future of the site is once again undecided.
GEBAG, in its capacity as an independent municipal subsidiary of the town council, now intends to work closely with the city of Duisburg and get things moving as far as the development of this site is concerned.
In autumn 2018, GEBAG, with the cooperation of the city of Duisburg, acquired the site around the old freight station. The development of this site is aimed at exploiting the potential of Duisburg, in particular in the commercial sector. The site, however, should not be developed into a purely commercial location but should offer a combination of other versatile uses.
Owing to the insular nature of the site and its vicinity to downtown Duisburg, GEBAG, in collaboration with the city of Duisburg, intends to develop a location that stands out by virtue of its urban planning, functionality and innovative features.
Since early 2019, plans are being prepared for initiating a public participation process so as to take into account the concepts and ambitions of the entire city of Duisburg. In this regard, the public too has been encouraged to contribute with their suggestions, ideas and wishes and to participate in the development of the site. The aim is to develop a model that the majority of Duisburg citizens support and see as an opportunity for Duisburg. The overall process of public participation is expected to be completed in spring 2020 and should result in a specific objective for the site.
FACTS AND FIGURES
|Total area:||Approximately 28 hectares|
|Owner:||GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH|
|Designated for:||Offices, service providers, additional residential use (categorized as an urban area in accordance with the Federal Building Code and the Federal Land Utilization Ordinance)|
● Excellent downtown location in the immediate vicinity of the main station
● Excellent infrastructure
● Close to A59 motorway access/exit