Kottbusser Tor U-Bahnhof Kottbusser Tor, Am Kotti. in Berlin Kreuzberg. Foto: Doris Spiekermann-Klaas

The Berlin CDU accuses the police and Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD) that the start of the planned police station at Kottbusser Tor will be significantly delayed.

“There is still no personnel concept for the new Kotti guard. There is not even a call for tenders for the required personnel,” criticized the CDU domestic politician Frank Balzer on Tuesday. The opening announced by the end of the year is unrealistic. “Given the level of crime, any further delay is unacceptable.” The Senate Administration initially did not respond to inquiries about the start date.

Spranger had announced several times that the police station would move to the first floor of a high-rise building at Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg in early 2023, right next to a well-known pub across the street.

She has budgeted 3.5 million euros for the conversion and safety precautions. According to the Berlin real estate company, basic renovations, police technology and safety glass for the windows are particularly expensive. The expansion of the 200 square meter rooms for the guard should start in June. There is currently nothing to see from the outside, the windows are taped from the inside.