The site of the former rail repair center in Schwetzingen was shut down at the end of the 1980s and had stood disused since then. A railway line separates this approximately 20,000 square meter land area from the city. Many planning ideas had already been rejected, and it was proving difficult to find a user for the site.
In cooperation with the city, we developed, reviewed and finally also rejected various utilization ideas for the land over a number of years. Obstacles were either related to the site itself, or reflected a lack of demand, as well as economic, building law or city planning considerations. Finally, we were able to prove that a logistics utilization suited both the market and the location. The neighboring residential areas, however, made conventional 24/7 utilization with corresponding traffic volumes impossible.
We acquired additional areas to improve transport links to the site, establishing an optimal connection from the property to the B 535, and minimizing the impact from truck traffic for neighboring residents. This also made it easier to find a tenant – we secured an international sports goods manufacturer for the space. Policymakers and administrators expressly welcomed this tenant's arrival. Some parts of the area were transferred to the City of Schwetzingen to create traffic infrastructure and drainage installations.
We initiated a major value enhancement process through developing this long-standing wasteland as a commercial and logistics site, and through building modern infrastructure, thereby creating the preconditions to locate a renowned company there. The City of Schwetzingen sustainably benefits from new long-term jobs.