The city’s building committee had no decisive reservations about the plan to turn the former children’s health resort st. Josef to make a hotel or a residential complex. Many residents, however, do have such reservations. According to the initiator, a petition against the project carried around 100 signatures.
Kristina renninger has many childhood memories of the house at the top of the stationberg development. Although she now lives in ostheim, she grew up at the beginning of the footpath and the little road that once brought visitors, employees and suppliers up to the children’s home. Her mother still lives there. In the already formulated submission to the city and the building committee, kristina renninger criticizes that, in her view, a building permit from the 1920s for a children’s spa "in no way provides a basis for a change of use to a hotel or residential development" represent. It is a plot of land that is "completely in the woods" lies "in a wooded area surrounded by walking paths".
Whoever lives there, she adds, does so for the peace and quiet and the nature. Many people use the forest as a recreational area. For animals, the area means "a piece of peace and tranquility".
She wondered if the city had not heard of "inner development and the economical use of natural resources". A hotel business with 110 beds, with "the corresponding arrivals and departures, the delivery traffic, the staff and everything else that goes with it", events, too, are all "things that will then fill the forest and the mountain with residents at any time".
"Totally frightening" she finds that "it’s suddenly so easy now", widening the narrow entrance. The nuns who used to run the children’s spa had long fought for such a cause. Now it is not even a problem to move the listed stations of the crossroads for the project.
Either way a massive cut
It is clear to kristina renninger that the property cannot simply be left standing like this. The decay of the building can no longer be stopped. Nevertheless, according to her, many residents want the building to be demolished and the flatland returned to nature. If anything, some residents probably found residential use less harmful than hotel use. A "massive cut but represent the one as well as the other.
The city does not need "another hotel or exclusive residential units" more. Hours not numerous old buildings, hotels and sanatoriums empty? The 50 housing units planned as an alternative are also certainly not intended for the normalburger. He is certainly not in a position to bear the costs for such apartments "because the residential location is unique in the nature of bad kissingen".
In principle, her heart bleeds at the thought of what has happened in the past 15 years to the property, which has been badly damaged by vandalism. Senseless destruction "at any time of the day or night", accompanied by helplessness on the part of the city administration and the police brought the building to the state it is in today.
Signatures and submissions are to be handed over to the city in the next few days, says kristina renninger in an interview with this editorial office. However, the legal effect originally hoped for can no longer be achieved, she adds. As reported, the city administration has already announced that the unanimous decision of the building committee on the preliminary building application for the project has already resulted in a positive decision.
If the residents still want to achieve something against the project, they will have to rely mainly on legal action, which, according to kristina renninger, some are already preparing. She expects several residents to file complaints. Two lawyers, she says, have already had "access to the file" against this background requested.
As reported, an unknown investor wants to create a hotel or a residential building with around 50 units on the site of the children’s sanatorium after a partial demolition. According to the city’s planning department, the hotel will have around 110 rooms and a small restaurant. The alternative, the apartment building, will have 50 two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments.
A look at the history
Both variants are possible under building law, explained the city planning department to the city council’s building committee at the beginning of february. Residential use is possible anyway, an accommodation business is permissible by way of exception.
The decisive prerequisite, however, is that "sufficient access is ensured". The narrow access road as it is now may have been sufficient for the former operation of a children’s spa from the point of view of the town planners. The three-meter width without the possibility of turning was not enough for both variants of the future plans.