Construction work on the Sürther train station is progressing. “We are on schedule,” says Cologne-based property developer and project developer WvM Immobilien, who is building two four-story houses at Bergstrasse 81 together with partner Omnium Development. The work should be completed in March 2023. The building will be designed by the Cologne architects Astoc. 36 apartments with sizes between 44 and 128 square meters, three commercial areas for retail and an underground car park with 33 spaces are being built, and charging stations for e-cars are planned for each parking space.
Eight apartments are still available. Negotiations are still ongoing with potential buyers for the commercial space. In the outdoor area, green and play areas are planned, eight new trees are planted and some bushes. The area will be equipped with independent lighting. The facades of the buildings are clinkered in red. They should match the surroundings, especially the brick building in which the Fuhrwerkswaage art gallery is located. The Fuhrwerkswaage art association acquired the former substation from the investor at the end of last year. Long negotiations preceded this. At times it was a shaky game as to whether the cultural institution that has existed there for more than 40 years can survive. According to the project developer, the art gallery has been integrated into the overall planning concept.
Jochen Heufelder, the current chairman of the association, criticized little in an interview with this newspaper for having been involved in the planning. The vehicle scales are now “walled in”. Changing exhibitions take place in the art gallery. On the east wall of the brick building directly on Bergstrasse, you can see outdoor art around the clock at the so-called “Mountainview Gallery”. The guest artist is currently the Cologne photographer Boris Becker.