Jena has taken another milestone on the way to the redesign of the Eichplatz. Today, the city of Jena and project developer STRABAG Real Estate sealed the purchase contract for construction area A of the square located in the heart of the city.
Consensual urban development
Three high-rise buildings are to be built on the 3,500 m² site adjacent to the Jentower, giving the city an urban silhouette. So far, the site is undeveloped. In the future, apartments, offices, shops and restaurants will provide a vital city life. At least, this is the plan of the catalogue of requirements which the city has drawn up in close cooperation with the citizens of Jena. Based on these specifications, an investor competition was announced, from which STRABAG Real Estate emerged as the winner. Its design, submitted together with Müller-Reimann architects, best fulfilled the municipal wishes.
What also speaks for the owner is her many years of experience: founded in 1965, she has successfully completed more than 600 projects since then. These include major inner-city renewal projects such as the City of Cologne Trade Fair and the Heinrich von Stephan Businessmile in Freiburg.
Dr. Thomas Nitzsche, Lord Mayor of the city of Jena, is delighted with the milestone achieved: "At the end of the day, it is just a signature. But one with positive radiance. The new Eichplatz site will come and make Jena's city center more attractive, also for the surrounding area. For this, my sincere thanks to all those involved."
Christian Gerlitz, mayor and head of the department for urban development, adds: "A new city center for Jena will become reality thanks to the broad-based citizen participation. The contract is now sealed. We look forward to further concrete project implementation with a reliable partner".
"We are excited to build this ambitious urban renewal in a social consensus and we are particularly pleased to be a partner and part of this process," says Marc Schreiber, STRABAG Real Estate division manager Berlin.
About STRABAG Real Estate GmbH (SRE):
STRABAG Real Estate GmbH (SRE) is one of the leading real estate developers in Europe. Since its foundation in 1965, the company has realised over 600 projects in the asset classes residential, office, hotel and retail. These include individual properties and mixed-use properties as well as complete quarters. The company pursues the goal of creating real estate values for generations through holistic thinking and the voluntary commitment to cooperation in partnership. As a company of STRABAG SE, SRE also benefits from the financial strength and innovative power of one of the largest technology groups for construction services worldwide. The SRE portfolio covers all project stages - from initiation and financing to implementation, marketing and sale. All these phases can also be booked as third-party services within the framework of DEVELOPMENT SERVICES. In Germany, the largest projects currently underway are the MesseCity Köln and BUSINESSMILE Freiburg neighbourhood developments, the OBRKSSL Düsseldorf and the TURM AM MAILÄNDER PLATZ Stuttgart.