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Why are these 369 urban apartments so much money?

What is matched? The city of Zurich wants to comply with your order, to provide for more affordable housing, by creating in the Quartier leutschenbach a new m

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Why are these 369 urban apartments so much money?

What is matched?


The city of Zurich wants to comply with your order, to provide for more affordable housing, by creating in the Quartier leutschenbach a new municipal housing estate. This is to include 349 apartments, each third of which is subsidized for people with little money. In addition, 9 large be created flats and 11 live-in studios. For this project you will need a property loan over 213 million Swiss francs. The actual construction costs amount to well 175 million Swiss francs. The Rest of the loan is primarily intended for the Transfer of the land asset from the financial to the asset Management, so it is just an accounting shift.

Where is the Area of Leutschenbach?


It is one of those areas on the Northern edge of the city on the border to Opfikon, where previously the industry was based, and which are now being converted to residential and commercial purposes. It is located almost exactly half-way between the indoor stadium and the huge Overbuilding smooth Park and adjacent to the relatively new leutschen Park. A part of the area belonged to Heineken, the company, the last of which was housing a temporary housing for asylum-seekers.

Why is the cost so much money?


The settlement Leutschenbach actually costs significantly more than other comparable construction projects, over the in the recent time. The controversial settlement of Hornbach in the Seefeld district at a cost of "only" 100 million Swiss francs, the settlement of the crown meadow in Wipkingen 65 million. But that is mainly due to the fact that the current project is significantly larger. Down is calculated on the price per apartment, the city is building in Leutschenbach is considerably less expensive than the other two settlements.

What speaks against the project?


The Greens are for the project, criticized in the courtyard of the settlement be provided to a lot next to the building. They demanded that one of these buildings is deleted, so that the residents have more green space available, especially since the close leutschen Park is designed to be defective. FDP and SVP would prefer the city in the Area, to a private Investor possession in the building, for example, to a pension Fund. They are convinced that Private would be better and cheaper to build, without the Rent increase. Encouraged you see, the CEO of the General contractor, holder said he would build this project for 120 million Swiss francs. The public sector pay 20 to 40 percent more, than for the "primary intended function would be necessary".

369 apartments in the area Seebach: visualization of 213 million Swiss francs expensive Overbuilding.

What is the criticism?


In essence, the allegation that the city consider such projects many not necessarily necessary requirements, because each office to pack his maximum demands. As a result, the construction was more expensive than necessary. In the current case, for example, with rules to Ecology, the Minergie Standard, the quality of the apartments or a design of the external space. According to the holder, CEO of the city should specify only the number of apartments, their quality, as well as possibly the Material. It is, therefore, only superficially, the question is, who builds such as tax, but rather the question of what is built and how. The city Council has responded to the criticism, he referred to the cost of the project "clarity" that he installed years ago as a response to such allegations, in order to remove unnecessary orders for new buildings.

To keep in mind are three things. Firstly, The cantonal housing subsidies program makes clear guidelines, how much is a new building, per apartment, maximum costs, so that these subsidies are of the system. These limits are adhered to in the leutschenbach – which means that they are outrageously expensive.

Secondly, in the municipality of procedure anchored third goal requested by the city Council, explicitly, that he needs to promote non-profit Housing providers that award their dwellings in accordance with the principle of cost rent. This would be in the case of a pension Fund. The Bourgeois would have to first get to a softer formulation of the third objective (or this would have proven to be achieved) before a methods change in urban housing policy can be justified.

Thirdly, The architects of the Federal SIA defended the approach of the city to provide for such projects, particularly high demands, because their buildings assume a model of character. So it's not just an investment in apartments, but at the same time, also in a good, high-quality building culture.

How much rent should do the apartments cost?


According to the city Council a non-subsidised 4½-room apartment will cost in the new settlement on a monthly basis, around 1530 Swiss francs. It would be a piece cheaper than in the municipal Rautistrasse at the other end of the City, where a new 4½-room-apartment for nearly 1900 francs was put out to tender. It is significantly cheaper than the currently advertised offers by private investors in the area of Leutschenbach: in the old house 4½ rooms cost 2400 francs, in the new building to the part about 3200 francs. (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 23.04.2019, 14:47 PM

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