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  • Käfertal
  • Direct access via the A6 and A659 highways, the main road B38 and public transport


  • Benjamin Franklin Village was used as the largest housing development of the US Armed Forces in Germany.
  • The entire area is divided into the Benjamin Franklin Village with the officers’settlement, the Sullivan Barracks und Funari Barracks.
  • In addition to the sports facilities, such as the sports arena and the large outdoor sports center, Franklin housed schools and kindergartens, a church, a hotel, and various shops and clubs for a varied social life. Temporarily, there was even a military hospital.


  • FRANKLIN is intended to be an independent urban quarter offering housing, work and living space. It will be a new socially and culturally mixed residential quarter - energetically renovated and modernized in contemporary fashion. Attractive and affordable living spaces in various locations and sizes are being created, as are single-family houses, townhouses and communal building projects. Restaurants, offices, skilled worker businesses and a medical practice in at the center will provide a vibrant environment.
  • Green spaces will inspire gardening fans. The numerous sports areas and the sports arena are already available to all sports enthusiasts. A Green Quarter will cover 50 hectares of the total area.
  • FRANKLIN is being developed into a model area for sustainable energy and emission-free mobility as part of Blue City Mannheim. Blue City is part of Mannheim's innovative and technology-supported development.
  • Along the B38, the direct route to the heart of the city, the new quarter will accommodate everyday facilities such as supermarkets, retailers, medical practices, skilled worker services and other community services.

Planning status

  • 2013: Initiation of the iterative planning process for the development of FRANKLIN. The topic “Urban Processes” was put forward by the Berlin and Swiss offices of yellowZ. The topics “Urban Processes” and “Architecture” were presented by the offices of Tegnestuen Vandkunsten from Denmark and MVRDV from the Netherlands. Atelier Loidl from Berlin presented the topic "Green/Open Space". This resulted in the urban planning framework, developed together with Tegnestuen Vandkunsten from Denmark. 
  • 2014: Local council decision on the framework plan for FRANKLIN.
  • 2015: Purchase of the area by the BImA (Institute for Federal Real Estate)
  • 2016: Start of demolition and development work. In June, the development plan for the first sub-area, the officers’ settlement, was approved by the city council of Mannheim as a resolution. Start of residential development.
  • 2017: First residents move in.
  • 2018: Planning procedure for the other four sub-areas in progress.


  • The MWSP is working together with 15 investors who are committed to FRANKLIN. FRANKLINs planning is jointly promoted at regular meetings.

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