During the first public tour of the building, the architect explains the problems that would arise from a renovation or a new building. The participants are significantly less emotional than the local political debate in Grafing suggests
In Grafinger’s local politics, the future of the city hall is one of the central issues, if not the linchpin, of the local election campaign par excellence. On the first public tour of the aging building on Saturday morning, however, it became clear that the Grafinger themselves – around 50 of them had come – viewed the topic far less emotionally than the party political “players” of the city. On Saturday, the main call was for a realistic assessment of the situation. But this is exactly what nobody will be able to give, especially when renovating.
A visitor asked right at the beginning of the architectural tour of the town hall based on a proposal by the “Alliance for Grafing” for a central point: “Suppose we start with a renovation, and then you find a lot of things behind the walls that you can find has no idea yet? ” In doing so, the woman hit the very heart of the problem that pretty much everything revolves around when deciding on the future of Grafingen’s largest event location: Is a minimal renovation feasible for an estimated 1.6 million euros at a reasonable risk? Or does the city have to swallow the other toad, namely tearing down the entire hall and rebuilding it? The planning team led by Melchior Kiesewetter and Klaus Beslmüller estimates this to be more than double, namely at least 3.5 million euros.
In any case, when asked by the visitor, architect Kiesewetter preferred an honest, but not exactly sounding answer to Grafinger’s ears: “The risk of nasty surprises in places that you can’t even look at can never be ruled out, especially when renovating. ” This is also due to the fact that exact plans no longer existed for all parts of the hall opened in 1986.
However, Kiesewetter also emphasized that the city was not immune to costly surprises even with a new building. “It’s just that the probability is lower.” In both cost estimates, however, a realistic surcharge for the respective project was already priced in.
Another visitor thematized the second event room that practically existed as a shell in the hall roof structure. It can accommodate about 200 people. Until recently, however, very few in Grafing had even known of its existence. “You can’t just leave it lying around unused. It calls for use,” she said. Several other visitors expressed similar thoughts.
Neither Kiesewetter nor Mayor Angelika Obermayr (Greens) questioned their usefulness. However, they pointed out that the upgrading of these premises had not yet been priced in with a minimal renovation. The latter would only aim – for example in the form of fire protection measures – to ensure that the Ebersberg district office does not withdraw the operating license for the hall.
When Kiesewetter was showing a sketch of the basement floor, a visitor addressed another bizarre aspect of the hall. “There are all kinds of other rooms here besides the tower rooms – why can’t smaller groups just register somewhere to meet there or do something small?” The use of the smaller rooms or even the tower rooms, for example, does not hinder a large event in the main hall.
The architect had to disappoint him, unfortunately that didn’t work so easily. In many cases, only one room or one room can be used for real events. Otherwise the escape routes would get in the way. “There are cases when the escape route for one event would lead through the event room of the other.” Nowadays this is simply no longer permissible.
Another visitor expressed concern that, in order to save costs, a possibly newly built town hall could be significantly smaller than the existing one. “It’s obvious if it is to be as cheap as possible.”
Kiesewetter’s contradiction was obviously surprising for many visitors. According to him, this connection simply cannot be established. “In a building of this type, around two thirds of the total area is usually also available as usable space – in your city hall it is only a good third.” So that would mean that a new and smaller building would not necessarily mean less usable space.
What is striking about the two-hour question-and-answer tour: At least from the visitors on Saturday, there was no mention of the special emotional bond that Grafinger had recently suspected to its town hall. If something like emotions came up, it was about the old hall – around which the current city hall was set in the 1980s.