Iphofen invests in “junk property” stohr

Iphofen invests in 'junk property' stohr

It is 22.02 o’clock on monday evening, when architect julia dillamar leaves the hall of the karl-knauf-halle in iphofen. City councilor otto kolesch jumps up from his seat, approaches her and flutters a few words at her. She laughs torturedly, wishes "everyone a pleasant evening," and then she’s gone. On this evening of many words, kolesch has become a harsh critic of the architect and the wurzburg planning office archicult. In the end, he rowed a long way back, but nevertheless he won a small victory and achieved what he wanted from the beginning: the iphof town council now has the costs of a general renovation of the ailing stohr department store on the market square calculated and will use this as a basis for further deliberations. Gentle pressure, also from the CSU and its third mayor, jorg schanow, made the committee give in at a later hour on monday.

Millions may soon be at stake

Basically, it was like so often in iphofen: the town looks for home cooking and ultimately ends up with oysters and caviar. With 200,000 euros and a few manual operations, the stohr department store, which it had acquired, was to be filled with life again as quickly as possible. That was the plan in january 2019 . There was talk of a regional delicatessen with a small snack bar. "They wanted to limit themselves to the most necessary structural measures," says architect dillamar. But there is not much left of these plans. If the city council ultimately decides on a general renovation – even if it is only in several construction phases – it is not a matter of hundreds of thousands, but of millions.

Instead of a department store with an emphasis on regional delicacies on the first floor, there is now talk of a concept with a focus on snack food. The 200,000 euros once mentioned have now become 575,000 euros, and the originally planned start date has been postponed from the middle of the year to the beginning of 2021. For otto kolesch it was all foreseeable. He had pointed out from the beginning that the money and the scope of the renovation were not enough. But neither the architects nor his colleagues in the city council followed him in this assessment.

Kolesch therefore took particular aim at the planners who had carried out "careless and sloppy" research. A criticism that mayor dieter lenzer and other council members did not share so directly, however. But two weeks ago, they too had rebuked the planning office to the effect that the documents submitted were "in no way satisfactory".

Experts sift through the dilapidated technology

Architect julia dillamar therefore now had a difficult job to do. She referred to structural changes, such as the removal of the canopy or the reset shop windows, which will enable the operator to offer open-air seating facing the marketplace. A large part of the additional costs incurred can be attributed to changes in the building services. The old oil heating system is now to be removed and the building is to be supplied with district heating from the city. The experts dug deep into the dilapidated, partly morbid substance of the building from the 1960s. The specialist planner who was called in had to capitulate in the face of some of the installations – they were state of the art before he was born.

Instead of scolding the experts, the third mayor, jorg schanow, recommended that the council do a better job of cleaning its own house. The city had bought the "junk property" completely overpriced at the time – there is talk of a million euros – without taking a closer look. To start with the renovation now, without having a reasonable overall concept, is stucco and makes little sense. Udo schumann also said: "this would be the first time the city has done something piecemeal." He proposed to rehabilitate the object in several construction phases.

The mayor justifies the purchase price

Mayor lenzer and vice-mayor hans brummer justified the purchase price and the first inexpensive concept for a conversion with the argument that the aim was to prevent "long years of vacancy" in an exposed location. In addition, there are further valuable living and business spaces on the upper floor and in the rear part of the building. Jurgen adler saw in the purchase "one of the last possibilities to get a halay rough store area at the market place".

According to lenzer, the city has invested in the marketplace over the decades, for example in the former goldenes kreuz inn, in order not to let the town center die out. Now the question is how to give the old stohr department store room to breathe again. Primarily it concerns a development of the first floor, in order to make a fast move possible for the already found tenant. The architect will not be spared further appearances in the town council.

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