New building with nazi past: “kuhne and nagel or nothing”.

The Green Party’s spokesman on construction policy, Robert Bucking, believes there is no alternative to the new Kuhne+Nagel building on the Weser. However, he sees some open questions

Site of the action: the headquarters of Kuhne & Nagel, here in its first version. Photo: Archive

site: Mr. Bucking, in what cost corridor could the price per square meter for a building plot on the right bank of the Weser range? Let’s say at the level of the Kaisen Bridge.

Robert Bucking: Determining that is usually the task of the appraisal committee for determining land prices. This report is not yet available for the plot of land that is the subject of the planned new Kuhne+Nagel building.

If there is no appraisal – and the sales negotiations are already very advanced – the land value is normally multiplied by the famous WGFZ, the "realizable floor area relevant to value. In the case of Kuhne+Nagel, that’s eleven stories with a gross floor area of 11,300 square meters. What comes out of that?

I don’t know. But it’s clear that, in addition to the proceeds from the sale, tax revenues and job security and the company’s ties to Bremen play an important role.

63, is the spokesman on building and urban development policy for the Green parliamentary group.

In fact, the calculation results in a different order of magnitude than the 900 euros per square meter that the Senate wants to take. And that doesn’t even include the conversion factor for city locations.

There must be no absurd deviations from standard market prices, that’s clear. If necessary, the State Audit Office would also have something to say about it. But what does the market look like here? The land next to the current building cannot be marketed and developed independently. The space is too tight for that. So it’s a matter of reaching an agreement with the Kuhne+Nagel company – or nothing. Incidentally, it is a gain in terms of urban development if the bridgehead is architecturally framed.

In which the right turn lane is built over … the Greens are also responsible for the finance department. Must not be insisted on a maximum sale proceeds under the condition of the budget emergency?

Would have to, would have to! In the end, they must succeed. It’s hard to say how much the political determination to make this project a success has affected the price. The price per square meter that the city paid for the purchase of the Lloydhof to the Austrian savings bank was 4,000 euros. In other words, four times as much. That was too much, as can be seen from the failure of the Lloydhof project. Here, too, it probably played a role that this property was to be acquired at all costs in order to achieve the goals behind it. After all, the city does not have to use the proceeds to pay for the necessary conversion measures on Martinistrabe.

Mr. Kuhne has categorically ruled out an architectural competition. He is not obligated to do so, although the building will be extremely influential on the cityscape. But should he be allowed to get away with refusing to come to terms with his company’s Nazi history?

Now there is at least a design advisory board working on the design. But above all, no German company that has been active over the last 100 years can avoid coming to terms with its history. In the meantime, it is undisputed how Kuhne+Nagel profited from the Gestapo and the SS. The new building plans are a reason to ask about it. But I don’t see any link with the sales negotiations.

Of course, a company that opens its corporate archives to historians would also have to pay decent prices for building over a public square. What remains of the existing pedestrian and bicycle path after the new building is almost too narrow for a stumbling block in the pavement. How would you place a memorial anchor?

I don’t believe in forcing Mr. Kuhne to kowtow in any way. But I think it would be a good idea to name the stairs down to the Weser after Adolf Maass: the former Jewish co-owner of Kuhne+Nagel who was murdered in Auschwitz. It would be nice if the Mitte Advisory Council would take up this idea.

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