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13 hectares of new housing for young families, the "Karlshorst Park City", is being built in the Lichtenberg district between Blockdammweg, Hönower Wiesenweg and Trautenauer Straße. The construction project's investors are the district and the company Bonava. In order to be able to start construction in a timely manner, Stromnetz Berlin GmbH will have a total of 16 of its existing 110 kV transmission towers dismantled between the Wuhlheide substation and Schlichtallee. With a height of up to 40 meters and a width of more than 20 meters, these are a very visible part of the cityscape. The distribution system operator completed the necessary underground cabling in March of this year, so that the power supply is ensured in this area.
At a joint symbolic on-site appointment, district mayor Michael Grunst and Stromnetz Berlin's Managing Director Thomas Schäfer yesterday afternoon attended the dismantling of the first transmission tower. The complete mast dismantling and retrieval of the two foundations in the aforementioned area will be completed by the end of the year. The remaining 14 masts will be dismantled by Stromnetz Berlin GmbH in 2018.
Michael Grunst emphasises: "If the new Karlshorst Park City is built in the coming years, the appearance of the area around Blockdammweg, Trautenauer Strasse and Hönower Wiesenweg will fundamentally change. A former industrial estate will be transformed into an attractive residential area with modern houses, green courtyards, a school, a daycare centre and shopping facilities by 2021. The first visible changes are starting today with the dismantling of the huge power masts and power lines across the terrain of the future Karlshorst Park City. Not far from Carlsgarten near the racetrack and the Rummelsburger Bucht area, an important step has been taken towards another attractive large residential area in Lichtenberg. I am certain that families, older people and singles will feel at home here."
Thomas Schäfer from Stromnetz Berlin also welcomes the dismantling: "Removal of the power lines and the associated underground cabling are an excellent investment in the future. This makes our electricity network safer and improves the cityscape significantly. Dismantling is an important step on the way to our goal of completely removing all overhead power lines from the cityscape by the mid 2030s. Dismantling measures in Wuhlheide/Schlichtallee, which accounts for about eight per cent of the still existing overhead system, is an important step. In total, Stromnetz Berlin is investing almost EUR 8 million in this project."