Freiburg included in funding program for sustainable city centers

Mayor of Freiburg Martin Horn announced that the city has been granted almost 890,000 euros by the Federal German government as part of the program to strengthen sustainable inner-cities and centers.

Mayor Horn stated on social media: “This grant will help us to realize already ongoing and planned activities for the permanent strengthening of our city center and to set them up even more broadly. Together with the downtown stakeholders, we want to strengthen culture, gastronomy and retail and make our unique city center even more attractive in the long term.”

Much like the rest of cities around Europe, Freiburg has been hit by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Retail in the downtown area across numerous German cities is also being substantially impacted by emigration trends and online competition. The city planning office and the Freiburger Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH and Co KG (FWTM) therefore submitted an application for the federal government’s new funding program in September.

The Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Spatial Research announced on Tuesday that Freiburg’s application has been approved. With the inclusion of Freiburg in the program, almost 890,000 euros are available in funding for the period from 2022 to 2025.

“In addition to many challenges, the upcoming transformation process also offers a variety of opportunities that need to be recognized and implemented in good solutions. A reorientation from quarters and action areas that were previously heavily influenced by retail trade towards new multifunctional uses with a large number of key actors opens up completely new areas of opportunity,” the Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Spatial Research said in relation to the grant.

Horn explained that part of the grant will be used to fund specific projects and implement them in a timely manner. These include pop-up stores and measures to upgrade public spaces to a disposition fund to support small-scale creative events.

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