At Jungmayrplatz in Bad Tölz you can see what the result of the transformation of the traditional rafters and craftsmen's district of Gries looks like.
- It is the oldest district of Bad Tölz and with its narrow streets, historic fountains and down-to-earth atmosphere has its own unique charm, which forms a counterpart to the glamor of the neighboring Marktstraße.
It's been a few years since the city of Bad Tölz started the project to get the traditional Gries out of the shadows.
Redevelopment of the Gries district in Bad Tölz: First construction phase completed
The first phase of the renovation was completed at the end of last year.
When looking at the renovated Jungmayrplatz, city architect Florian Ernst is satisfied.
The goal of upgrading the Gries has been "very well achieved" here, he thinks.
In 2018, Ernst recalled during a short tour with the Tölzer Kurier, the city started public participation.
A stimulus group consisting of city councillors, residents and tradespeople in Gries as well as members of the city administration set planning goals, on the basis of which an architect's design was created.
It was a long and tedious process until the first phase of construction is now largely complete.
Before a new road surface was made, for example, the municipal utility first laid new gas and water pipes.
After that, the corona pandemic repeatedly made it difficult to continue the work because deliveries were delayed or workers were absent.
The residents have had a real test of patience.
The city would also like to say thank you for this with a district festival this year, says city hall spokeswoman Birte Otterbach.
"We can also use the new quality of stay and bring life to the square," she says happily.
Jungmayrplatz in Bad Tölz: granite stones in three colours
What did the first construction phase of the renovation, which also included Botengasse and Konradgasse, change?
City master builder Ernst first points to the ground, where a uniform paving puts an end to the earlier "potpourri of different styles".
Granite stones are now being laid "in six different formats and three color nuances," he explains: dark, medium and light grey.
They are "wildly built", so they are not in rank and file - but in a "fundamental pattern that repeats itself," explains Ernst.
"Due to the reduced optics, the house facades now come out much better," says the city master builder.
The private owners have already renovated some of them.
"It's nice to see how a neighborhood is dressing up," says Otterbach happily.
Gone are the former sidewalks, which were actually too narrow to use anyway – let alone with a wheelchair or pram.
It is replaced by a 90 centimeter wide strip of gred slabs with a three centimeter high edge – as a boundary between the traffic areas and the houses.
Plant troughs and benches, for example, are expressly permitted on this band, says Ernst.
"We also offered the homeowners trellises, but that was not accepted." In general, site manager Klaus Danner from the civil engineering department was in constant contact with the residents.
"He was on the construction site every day."
Nagelschmiedbrunnen on Jungmayrplatz in new splendor
The Nagelschmiedbrunnen made of oak shines in new splendor, which employees of the depot and a professional drexler have restored at great expense, according to Otterbach.
From spring onwards, the water should splash again here.
Ernst also announces that benches will be set up at the fountain.
What is also still pending: the existing street lighting will soon be replaced with new filigree wrought-iron lanterns.
"They have been commissioned and should be installed promptly," says Ernst.
It is the same model that will also be used in the Bürgergarten and in Marktstrasse.
Sensitive topic: parking spaces in Gries in Bad Tölz
The redesign of Jungmayrplatz also includes a few measures that do not catch the eye, but offer practical advantages.
This includes the drop-in lecterns, which make it possible to extend the power connection for markets out of the ground instead of erecting makeshift electrical boxes as before.
The connection for the Christmas tree next to the fountain is now also underground.
The water, according to Ernst, now flows down the middle of the street to a line of manhole covers - instead of along the outside of the houses and high curbs as it used to.
Parking in Gries is a sensitive issue.
"The impulse group decided that not so many cars should be parked in Gries in order to improve the quality of stay," explains Otterbach.
The number of parking spaces – they are reserved for residents with a parking permit – was limited to 84 in the entire district.
Four of them will be on Jungmayrplatz.
They will be marked in spring.
Otherwise, a restricted ban on stopping was partially set up on the square (as reported), so that loading and unloading or short-term parking for shopping remains possible.
District of Gries: Renovation has cost 1.1 million euros so far
According to preliminary calculations, the first phase of construction cost 1.1 million euros, explains Ernst.
However, 50 to 60 percent of the pure construction costs would come from funds from urban development funding.
In order to complete the work in Tölzer Gries, a second and a third construction phase are still pending.
"When they come depends on several factors," says the city master builder, "above all on the issue of flood protection."
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