Nordstadt must be fit for the future

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Nordstadt must be fit for the future

Business and jobs in Nordstadt must be secured in the long term. In addition, a space for innovative ideas should be created. But companies face significant challenges. A business plan should help.

The Nordstadt is set to become fit for the future as a commercial location. Appropriate guidelines for action provide challenges and where improvement is needed. It is now available – and will be discussed on Tuesday at the Neuss City Commission for Structural Change, Economics and Employment. The committee will meet starting at five in the evening in the Neuss Municipal Council Hall. Then it also comes to how the northern part of the city continues to be revitalized. An event is planned with corporate representatives and stakeholders from management, real estate industry, craft room and other fields. However, for implementation, politicians must first give the green light.

This is to be expected. First, because the stated goal is to create Nordstadt in such a way that businesses and jobs are retained on the site and new business is added in the future. And second, because instructions created with external support would otherwise collect dust in the tray. Because it represents the conclusion of the so-called first service phase in the “concept of preserving handicrafts, small businesses and cultural activities to revive the northern part of the city” commissioned by Economic Development. Planned event and exchange with companies and stakeholders, work approaches must be developed in order to initiate concrete steps. This “second performance stage” is called the Business Development Agency, under which more than 30 companies have already expressed interest in the event. The climate neutrality that the city is aiming for by 2035 must also be taken into account. Because the energy transition means a challenge for businesses, especially as shockingly rising energy costs have hit businesses hard. Planning and security of supply as well as affordability are vital to survival. Jobs, prosperity and quality of life depend on it. As the situation in the energy market has deteriorated recently, these issues have come into greater focus.

The 73-page guide identified three subject areas of particular interest for the future. First: the company’s structure and real estate management. In addition to presenting a round table titled “Commercials in the Northern Part of the City”, a real estate alliance for mixed-use neighborhoods is to be launched. Given the shortage of skilled workers, it is planned that cooperation between schools and companies will be expanded. Crafts day is also planned. The second topic: the structure of development and the law of building planning. In addition to the register of potential areas, a pilot project Handwerkerhof will also be implemented. However, the details of this have not yet been clarified. Theme 3: Communication and Infrastructure. They range from a comprehensive end-to-end strategy to cover commercial parking space requirements to e-mobility offerings and the improvement of public transport connections to the online infrastructure (keyword: high speed internet).

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