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Hesse to let buyers hunker down in old bunkers

The Local · 5 Mar 2010, 15:29

Published: 05 Mar 2010 15:29 GMT+01:00

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The unique real estate is among some 70 bunkers - both above and below ground - for which the government no longer wants to pay upkeep, the institute told daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“The sales are not restricted, so anyone who is interested and has serious conversion plans can apply,” said Georg Schedler, who works at the institute’s Kassel branch, where five bunkers will soon go on the market.

The secure spaces have been deemed unnecessary since the end of the Cold War, spokesperson for the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance Ursula Fuchs told the paper.

“For current population protection scenarios like natural disasters, power outages and terror attacks, the existing structures are of limited suitability due to their technical outfitting and operational capabilities,” she said.

So far the state of Hesse has shown no interest in snapping up the bunkers, and it remains unclear whether private investors will make an offer.

“The upkeep of such bunkers is very pricey,” said Jürgen Sittig of the Kassel fire department, which the BImA commissioned to care for them. “The funding in the last few years has gone down repeatedly in the last years.”

Now the fire brigade receives between €10,000 and €20,000 per year to care for the city’s eight bunkers – down from €51,000 in years past.

“With that amount of money it’s hardly possible to keep the shelters dry,” he said.

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But the poor state of the bunkers will likely be as much of a challenge to buyers as it has been for the city.

The walls of one four-floor bunker, built to hold 4,000 people during World War II near the Marien hospital in Kassel, are damp and covered with mould and cobwebs, the paper said.

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Your comments about this article

20:53 March 5, 2010 by maxbrando
BUT, they are solidly built!! So one might think. What is the price for one?? The article, as usual with the local, leaves the most essential point missing.
22:43 March 5, 2010 by So36
As if you're gonna whip out your checkbook and buy one.
22:56 March 5, 2010 by ChussKeDweele
Does anyone know where to register to bid for the properties?
02:02 March 6, 2010 by snorge
Why even keep them up? There are tons of museums to WWII and no one really cares about the Cold War because nothing ever really happened.

Why not get rid of them and build something useful? What's the point on yet another memorial to miserable times?
07:08 March 7, 2010 by ColoSlim
It would cost millions of Euros to demolish each structure so it is cheaper to sell it make it some other person's problem. In Berlin one bunker has been converted to a year-around haunted house and bunker museum. I enjoyed it except for the room full of KKK clad men. I was put off by that.
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