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On February 13, 2018, before the last municipal council election, I had the somewhat older idea of a Market hall in Heilbronn wanted to bring back into play, this idea was only taken up by a few Free Voters. Irene Seeburger drew my attention to the fact that the Free Voters had already unsuccessfully brought a market hall into play in the 2014 election campaign. And so in 2019 I was unfortunately unable to score points with either the people of Heilbronn or the parties in the Heilbronn municipal council with this idea.
I was happy when the Free Voters on September 9, 2019 have again applied to the municipal council for the development of the "Reim-Areal" and the construction of a market hall; unfortunately again in vain.
And so I am all the happier today that in the run-up to the 2024 local council elections, not only do the Free Voters want to campaign for a market hall in Heilbronn, but also parts of the CDU and FDP seem to be enthusiastic about the idea of a market hall in Heilbronn.
What is new is that some people from Heilbronn are even bringing the Wollhaus into play as a possible location for a market hall. However, even a combined solution for the Käthchenhof and Reim area for a market hall would probably be the cheaper option.
It is not surprising that some city councilors first think of a wine tavern or several wine taverns when they talk about a market hall. However, the idea that one would like to agree on a common concept for a market hall in advance is welcome. I would like to point out, however, that a potential investor should be in charge here — namely, trying to sell around fifty different wine bars as a market hall concept to them is likely to fail right from the start.
Statements such as "Heilbronn market hall must take local issues such as wine into account" or "Ultimately, the characteristics of the region must also be integrated into what a market hall has to offer." Cities with already attractive market halls have emerged, giving rise to bad fears and will probably deter potential investors.
In addition there Herbert Burkhardt in his contribution of February 21, 2022, to consider that "the Reim area can only become something if the (remaining) property owners at some point have understanding and bring their area for urban development (with a market hall) into the concept .”
In any case, however, the Free Voters and I continue to stand by our demand for a market hall in Heilbronn.
A market hall can only become something in Heilbronn if the large majority in the municipal council and also the city administration are behind the idea of a Heilbronn market hall. And if we don't want to build the market hall as a city, but are looking for an investor for it, we shouldn't scare them off in advance with unnecessary "local-political" conditions.
Thomas Aurich drew my attention to the fact that the first suggestion for a market hall came from the Heilbronn tourist office around the turn of the millennium.