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City and housing industry form partnership

Agreement foresees construction of 10,000 apartments annually.

The Senate of Hamburg and the housing industry have agreed to build 10,000 apartments per year including 3,000 funded apartments, the Construction Authority announced Tuesday. The alliance on housing was signed by representatives of both sides in the presence of Mayor Olaf Scholz for the 21st legislative period.

Comprehensive regulation

The agreement contains several clauses on municipal real-estate policy and provision of sites for a minimum 2,000 apartments annually, the share of funded-housing in private spaces, retaining brick wall facades typical of Hamburg, climate protection and energy efficiency in suburbs, as well as helping households in urgent need of housing and tenancy law issues.

Scholz said: “Since 2011, nearly 50,000 residential units have been approved and around 20,000 completed. These figures are remarkable. And we will also target the new goal of approving a minimum 10,000 residential units annually with confidence. Our double strategy, ‘more city in the city’ and ‘more city in new places’ will activate new sites and forming a solid basis.”

Environment senator welcomes alliance

Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development, said: “The alliance for housing is a success model for Hamburg. I am delighted that we have formed the basis for continuing the senate’s co-operative housing policy”, adding, “Many people are moving to Hamburg and growth requires residential construction to relieve the housing market in the long run.” Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment, also expressed full and complete support of the target mark of 10,000 apartments annually. Apartments should arise mainly from post-compaction and only exceptionally in green areas. Andreas Breitner, director of the association of north German housing enterprise (VNW), said: “We need more affordable apartments – that can occur only with faster and cheaper residential construction. The alliance creates the prerequisites for that.”

Chamber of Commerce calls for alliance on commercial spaces

Commenting on the alliance, Prof. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz, CEO of Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, noted: “The new edition of the ‘housing alliance’ is an important step for boosting residential building in our city. However, it will remain incomplete, if it is not complemented by an ‘alliance on commercial spaces’”, adding, “People have to work AND live which is why allocating land for industrial purposes is also key to Hamburg’s successful development. Thus, we urge the senate to create an alliance for industrial spaces, based on the model of the alliance for housing and in which Hamburg’s economy will gladly play an active role.”

Alliance for housing in Hamburg

On July 4, 2011, the senate drew up a contract entitled “Contract for Hamburg – New Residential Construction” with the districts and the “Alliance for Housing in Hamburg” on September 20, 2011 with the housing construction associations SAGA GWG and partnered by tenants’ associations. The aim is to find solutions for expanding and further developing the residential housing market in Hamburg in an attractive and socially compatible way.

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