Who gets the key to the burgerspital?

Who gets the key to the Burgerspital?

Marco Meissner The search for a new, permanent use for the vacant Burgerspital has been going on for years. In the meantime, there are two starting points that are causing heated discussions in the city council as well as in the town meeting. Should the building complex be used for senior citizens, as in the past, or should it be used for the benefit of young people??

The council wants to make a decision on this only after a feasibility study has been carried out. Until then, the interested parties can further elaborate their positions and thus contribute to objectification. Both sides are desperate for such a space.

“I have nothing at all against the youth”, assures Hanni Wachter. The chairwoman of the Kronach seniors’ advisory council is nevertheless very skeptical about hospital use by the district administration and youth organizations. The hospital as an office she does not like to imagine so at all. Which is not to say that younger people should be excluded. She could imagine a community room in which the youth would also be welcome.

What is difficult to implement

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In general, however, they believe the hospital should be used for seniors. “As a nursing home, it probably wouldn’t work out”, she explains. That would probably be difficult to implement structurally and financially. The seniors’ advisory council is rather thinking about one- to two-room apartments for socially weaker seniors. These apartments should, however, remain the property of the city or the hospital foundation, so that socially acceptable rents remain secured. “There are already poor pensioners today”, explains Wachter “and there will certainly be more in the future”. Offering these people affordable living space in the inner city is not only a matter of the heart for the older generation, but is also purposeful. Unlike the often frail elderly, she says, youth and government workers are also not as extremely dependent on short commutes.

As far as the financial side is concerned, the chairwoman of the seniors’ advisory council does not believe that use by the district office and the youth organizations would leave the city in a noticeably better position than a concept for seniors. In her opinion, a conversion to living space should not be nearly as complex and costly as a modernization for a nursing home.

Wachter also doubts that the rental income to be generated in the past through youth use would be noticeably felt in the work with senior citizens, which is the purpose of the foundation. “The hospital simply belongs to Kronach – and it has always been there for seniors”, it insists on a concept for the older people. Moreover, alternatives to this building close to the center were not apparent.

Andy Fischer, chairman of the Kreisjugendring (KJR), is as reluctant as Wachter to see the generations clash. For him, too, it is a matter-of-fact idea that he sees as a sensible offer to the city. He speaks of a move-in of the KJR office, of office space for the youth work, for the prevention office of the district office, for the street worker and the equal opportunity commissioner.

Not limited to one sector

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Other facilities could be added. Fischer emphasizes: “If you look at the individual departments, you can see that their work is not limited to the youth sector.” He is thinking, among other things, of a residential unit for women who have experienced violence. There is no longer anything comparable in the district.

“It does not go around to destroy the idea of a place for seniors “, he emphasizes. But from a cost point of view and as a message to the youth as well as the adults, a use for social purposes could be more sensible than to create costly living space.

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