Initial construction plans of Reinickendorf is complete for a new quarter on the site of the former airport. This will also include a research campus and a commercial park. The closure of the airport makes the subdistricts more attractive places to live.
Until now, Reinickendorf has had a reputation of being one of the most affordable places to live in Berlin. However, the closure of Tegel Airport is likely to drive up prices for two reasons. Things got a great deal quieter in many of Reinickendorf’s subdistricts in the northwestern part of the capital. Another reason is that ambitious plans are in process to create new neighbourhood at the site of former Airport. Some 5,000 apartments will accommodate up to 13,000 people. The “Schumacher Quartier” will link to neighbouring residential areas. And thus ensure that they too will experience an improvement to social infrastructure and public spaces.
Several new buildings add to the former airport terminals. This is to create a new commercial and industrial park and a research campus. This will house, among other things, a university, a conference centre and a start-up centre. A construction plan for a key section of this “Urban Tech Republic”, as the site is famous, was complete in December 2021, and modernisation and construction activities can begin in 2024.
Two underground lines and three S-Bahn lines pass through Reinickendorf, which means a large part of the district already has very good connections to the rest of the capital. Extending the U6 underground line to the former airport terminals was under discussion for a time, but the city ultimately decided against the project. It’s also unlikely that the U8 will be extended to the Märkisches Viertel quarter any time soon, as that extension is third on the list of favoured underground projects in Berlin. The Märkisches Viertel is a satellite town that was build back in the 1960s. It is currently home to around 50,000 people and has fields, meadows, small garden allotments and detached houses around.
In contrast to the Märkisches Viertel, many of Reinickendorf ’s 11 subdistricts have a distinctive rural character. The Heiligensee subdistrict, for example, which was originally an Angerdorf build around a village green. This is located on a strip of land present between the River Havel, Nieder-Neuendorfer See lake and Heiligensee lake. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the area’s inhabitants mostly made their living in agriculture. Frohnau, which is present at the northern edge of the district. “Berliner Terrain-Centrale” were the part of the planning phase as an exclusive garden city between 1908 and 1910. Here you can find streets with villas and country houses, many of which are present since 1910 and the 1930s.
The end to the aircraft noise in Tegel has given the neighbourhoods in and around the subdistrict a significant boost. An extension of the two underground lines is not a part of the plan. Instead, efforts to improve transport connections will focus on regional rail and the expansion of bus service.