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Design statutes for the town center of Bürgel approved

Despite numerous interventions and extensive reshaping, Bürgel is an identity-forming area that is important in terms of culture and building history. (Photo: City of Offenbach)

A juxtaposition of narrow streets with half-timbered buildings and grid-shaped streets lined with Wilhelminian style buildings characterize the unmistakable Bürgeler townscape. Despite numerous interventions and extensive reshaping, Bürgel is an identity-forming area that is important in terms of culture and building history. It was already clear from the public participation as part of the urban development funding program “Living Centers” that securing the center of Bürgel is of great importance. For this purpose, among other things, a design statute was deposited as a measure in the urban development concept. Therefore, the city of Offenbach has now drawn up a corresponding statute for the Bürgeler town center.

“The statute is the appropriate legal instrument to preserve, secure and adequately design the townscape and the building fabric of the Bürgel town centre. With the individual regulations, we want to ensure the positive perception of buildings and streets and counteract undesirable developments. A harmonious arrangement and design of advertising systems also makes the town center attractive for residents and guests,” explains City Councilor Paul-Gerhard Weiß. The statute specifies a number of binding regulations for the design of buildings, roofs, facades, window and door openings, advertising systems, open spaces and outdoor facilities as well as technical systems. “The regulations were balanced with regard to contemporary housing, living and supply requirements as well as current efforts to protect the climate and sustainable interior development in order to establish an appropriate design standard for the future,” explains City Councilor Weiß.

The implementation of the statute is accompanied by the funding program “Living Centers” and its measures. In the future, owners will be supported professionally by a district architect, who is expected to start work in autumn, and financially by an incentive program that will start in winter. In addition, the city of Offenbach is planning various municipal measures to secure and upgrade the townscape as well as a sustainable and high-quality development of the town center as part of the funding program. However, the statute should also have a positive effect on the townscape beyond the term of the funding program and secure it in the long term.

Further information on the statute can be found at https://www.offenbach.de/stadtrecht

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Information on the funding program, the district architects and the incentive program can be found at https://www.offenbach.de/mitte-machen

(Text: PM City of Offenbach)

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