Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) has expressed her satisfaction with the work of the new Senate Housing Commission. As a result of the agreements and decisions in the commission, the hurdles were cleared within the first two months to enable the construction of a good 5,500 apartments, Giffey said on Tuesday after a Senate meeting.

For various reasons, the construction projects had been stuck for a long time, although the Senate has declared that it wants to be much faster with the new building. The commission should continue its work as planned. “We bring things up on a monthly basis,” Giffey said. According to the Senate, the commission aims to speed up important housing construction projects through interdepartmental agreements and corresponding political decisions.

The Senator for Urban Development and Building, Andreas Geisel (SPD), said that not every objective problem, from a lack of transport connections to questions of species protection law, could be solved in this way. But the approach is correct.

[If you want to have all the latest news live on your cell phone, we recommend our app, which you can download here for Apple and Android devices.]Geisel also drew a positive balance of the results so far. His conclusion was that the instrument works. A number of individual problems have been solved in the course of the Commission’s work to date.

The focus was on two large new construction projects with a total of around 5000 planned apartments, the Gehrenseehöfe in Lichtenberg and the Neues Gartenfeld in Spandau.

In the district in the very west of Berlin, 3,700 new apartments are to be built. “This project has not been moved for three years due to various problems,” said Geisel. “And these problems have now been cleared up.” On the one hand, there were decisions on bridge construction, but also on monument protection issues and the compatibility of apartments with the existing commercial area, as Geisel explained.

[We report weekly from the twelve districts of Berlin in our People newsletter. Free and compact:] The senator said that the commission has so far processed eight construction projects in all parts of Berlin – out of a total of 106 with which there are problems with the implementation.