The traffic planners of the Senate had already promised a decision to build the bridge two years ago, for June 2020. Now the Senate Commission of the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) has finally cleared the way.

As a spokesman for the Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing said on request, an agreement has been reached with the Senate Department for Economics and the Spandau district office about the “construction of a second bridge to develop the area”.

The commission also decided that the area on the island of Gartenfeld would be used in a mixed way, “both as a commercial and residential location”. 3700 apartments are planned.

The plans are more than ten years old – the typical case of construction planning torn between the responsibilities of the Senate and the districts. The location is also ideally suited for the construction of affordable apartments, especially since the state-owned housing company is already planning 1,200 apartments there. 600 commercial units are also planned.

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The cost of the district was once estimated at 2.4 billion euros. That was before construction prices exploded as a result of Corona and the war.

The project is one of the “New City Quarters” with which the Senate wants to make particularly strong progress in housing construction. The building land covers an area of ​​50 hectares, most of which is privately owned. Construction should finally start this year.

[Read more in the Tagesspiegel about the island of Gartenfeld: The quarter with one of the largest schools in Berlin should actually be finished in 2027 – but now there are delays again, as became known in spring 2022. The “Flying Steps” will set up their quarters in the 10,000-people quarter.]

In addition to the necessary construction of the new bridge over the old Berlin-Spandau shipping canal to connect the island to the water town of Oberhavel, plans for a tram line and a cycle expressway were still pending. A bus connection to the southwest of the island is also planned. Traffic coordination with the plans for Siemensstadt 2.0 must also be guaranteed, especially since the “Siemensbahn” planned for reactivation is to stop at Gartenfeld station in the future.

[Read more in the Tagesspiegel on the island of Gartenfeld: In May 2022, the plans and ideas for the tram to the island were presented. Many citizens would like to have an S-Bahn station under the mega quarter: But it is first planned outside of the quarter and would have to be rebuilt later: Here are simulations and construction plans for the S-Bahn in Gartenfeld]

If you would like to read more from Spandau: Here are the topics from the current Spandau newsletter from the Tagesspiegel.

– Bureaucracy farce about the Jewish theater ship in Spandau: is the premiere about to burst? The story is in the newsletter, which has long since reached the Senate and federal authorities.

– Police inaugurate new monument in Spandau – but newsletter evaluation shows: Ironically, in Spandau more monuments are damaged than anywhere else

– Who is the woman who set up the singles walk in Gatow: Interview with one – of course! – Newsletter reader about Gatow, singles, her books and pooping crows

– Tram plans for Spandau: The newsletter explains the plans to you and reports on the initial public response

– 25 years of Spandau station: the anniversary

– Exhibition in Ruhleben shows the history of the emigrant station

– Brewery and vanilla pastry: delicious Spandau tips

– “All come in green”: VfV Spandau in the cup final, part II

– Neighborhood Day and Volunteering Festival

– No more crab fishing: The last fisherman from Tiefwerder doesn’t want to anymore – but has new ideas

– Mega construction site Rudolf Wissell Bridge: Who was that again? And where else in Spandau is he remembered?

– Citizens’ office in Staaken – and when will the citizens’ office in Kladow open again after Corona?

– Neighborhood festivals, cultural tips, many dates from Spandau’s cultural life

– Photo puzzles from Kladow: two postcards from the 1930s – with one difference

The Tagesspiegel newsletter for Berlin’s districts already has more than 260,000 subscriptions: choose your district newsletter now! In it we inform you about district news, neighborhood debates, name dates, links and tips. We look forward to you.