Guterbahnhof is to become a city district

Kick-off for the design of "bahn-city sonneberg – the six-hectare site of the former guterbahnhof is being transformed into a model urban quarter where people will live, work and spend their leisure time in the future. Initial plans for the urban development in the heart of sonneberg were recently presented by heiko voigt, head of the construction department of the city of sonneberg, frank kratzschmar, managing director of LEG thuringia, as well as professor mario tvrtkovic, professor hans-peter hebensperger-huther and dipl.-ing. Renee lorenz from the faculty of design, course of studies architecture at the university of coburg. The city, LEG thuringia and the university are working on a master plan in a first step. In addition, students of the university are developing first drafts for the various uses in the new city quarter "bahn-city sonneberg" in the summer semester. "The former guterbahnhof opens up through its central location between the city center and the populous residential area wolkenrasen an excellent development potential", explained head of the building department voigt at the project launch. "We have an opportunity here to develop an inner-city area with supra-regional appeal, an urban quarter for work, leisure and culture, with space for the professions of the future, for young entrepreneurs and creative people." the owner of the land is LEG, which says it has more than 20 years of experience in urban development. "We are pursuing an integrated, holistic strategy for the development of the neighborhood, announced LEG managing director frank kratzschmar.

New economic sectors

In the future, the site will offer space for new business sectors from the fields of information technology, social media and design, a spatial link with the nearby "campus wolkenrasen", which houses preschool care and school education centers, is expressly provided for. According to the press release, an important asset of the site is its location directly at the sonneberg environmental railway station, which on the one hand acts as a transport hub bringing together different modes of transport such as rail, bus, car and bicycle, and on the other hand is connected to the modern supra-regional transport infrastructure.

An attractive challenge

"As a university in the vicinity of sonneberg, it is an exciting challenge for us to provide impetus for this innovative urban development project in our shared region give", according to tvrtkovic from the coburg university of applied sciences. "Against the background of sonneberg's membership in the nurnberg metropolitan region and its special location in the extension of the upper franconian urban axis nurnberg-erlangen-furth-bamberg-coburg, the forward-looking urban development planned here on a comparatively rough potential site does indeed attain supraregional significance, we can see here a model example of new forms of district development in the 21st century. Show the way to the 21st century."

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