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Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Mitte Altona

First Mayor Olaf Scholz officially launched Hamburg's second-biggest urban development project after HafenCity

“Since 2011, building permits more than 35,000 homes have been approved in Hamburg. In the heart of Altona, as in many other parts of the city, you can see the results of our increased efforts in residential construction”, Scholz said on Tuesday. Where once the tracks of German Rail covered the grounds, 3,300 new flats will be built over the next ears, a third of them each as rental apartments, condominiums and subsidised housing.

Seven Years of Planning

“Today, we are celebrating the start of one of the most exciting projects of the Republic,” said Alexander Otto, head of ECE group and one of the project developers. “After seven years of planning since the signing of the urban development contracts, all happened very quickly, allowing as to start earlier than expected with construction. We are developing a centrally located urban area that already is amazing by its sheer size. This also means great opportunities for the city.”

Innovative Concepts

“Mitte Altona” is not only developed by urban planers, but within a larger, holistic concept that take into accounts the wishes of future tenants, owners, inhabitants, and the local population. “Mitte Altona” is a new form of urban housing, it’s a new way of life. The new centre of Hamburg’s large Western district will comprise a local school, four day care centres, premises for local businesses and workshops, charming and lively neighbourhood squares, and a new park. Integration and inclusion are key objective of its future-oriented concept that also places a high emphasis on green mobility with parking lots being significantly reduced. Here, you will see the birth of a totally new, innovative, and highly modern neighbourhoud”, Otto continued.

The newly launched development work is being carried out by a joint venture of the property companies Aurelis, ECE, and other partners. In the first phase, a total of approximately 1,600 residential units, a park of 2.7 hectares, four day care centres, and a neighborhood school will be built.

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