The district of Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg no longer wants to exercise the right of first refusal in favor of the controversial cooperative “Die eG”. City Councilor Florian Schmidt (Greens) told Tagesspiegel: “The’ This eG ’must now consolidate.”
The district will now “analyze as part of the evaluation of this process” as to how to proceed with the cooperative pre-emptive right. In any case, “better communication and process control between the actors involved is necessary,” said Schmidt.
On Wednesday the urban development committee of the district council of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg negotiated the “Die eG” case. City Councilor Schmidt disclosed the costs incurred by the district through the failed purchase of a house on Rigaer Strasse: they amount to EUR 190,000. The majority of it, a total of 110,000 euros, results from obligations of “This EG”, Schmidt told the Tagesspiegel.
The remaining 80,000 euros are therefore due for the re-certification of the new buyer, the cooperative “Am Ostseeplatz”. Now it should be checked where the sum could be saved within Schmidt’s department. However, an urgent request from the CDU to no longer exercise a right of first refusal in favor of the cooperative was rejected.
The cooperative “These eG” threatened bankruptcy because it could not pay the cost of a house on Rigaer Strasse. The reasons are the parallel exercise of several preemption rights by the cooperative and the lack of financial aid from the country, which were apparently planned. The right of first refusal threatened to fail. The housing association “Am Ostseeplatz” jumped in at the beginning of January and bought the house.