The judgment of the Cantonal Section for Higher Education and Culture is unequivocal: the border court of the school building in Littau is a cultural monument "deserving special protection, at whose reception there is a high general interest". That is why it was decided to place the school under monument protection. The canton is therefore against the plans of the city council of Lucerne. He wanted to demolish the school building and concentrate on the school operation in the nearby school Rönnimoos. Where the Grenzhof school building is today, apartments should have been built.
The fact that these plans are probably nothing at all has been clear for a long time. It started with a protest memorandum from architects' associations last spring, in which the city council was called to maintain the school building. The Grenzhof was built in the mid-sixties by the two Lucerne architects Friedrich E. Hodel and Hans U. Gübelin. According to the canton, the Grenzhof is an "important representative of the built pedagogy of the post-war period".
Canton confused arguments of city council
Even the city council grunted the city council to a march – to the verdict of the preservation of monuments by the cantons. This happened Monday. It is also remarkable that the canton disrupted almost all important arguments of the city council for a demolition. For city planning reasons, the city council had advocated replacing the school building with a residential area that would have a connection function in the neighborhood. The canton, on the other hand, is of the opinion that the Grenzhof school complex nowadays has a & # 39; actual district center & # 39; and an important social space & # 39; is in this & # 39; partly heavily taxed district & # 39 ;.
The canton also seems to have little interest in moving the school to Rönnimoos. The Grenzhof school building can be rehabilitated for around 28 million francs and then "fully usable for school services". The canton, however, interferes with this statement in the internal affairs of the city of Lucerne – the city itself can decide how they have organized their school operations. Should the city stick to the merger in the Rönnimoos, the question arises, what happens to the school building in Grenzhof, which is no longer allowed to be demolished. The city authorities had always claimed that the building was not suitable for renovation.
City council files a complaint
The city council of Lucerne announced on Monday that he would not accept the decision of the canton and the appeal. The municipal council insists on the demolition of the school complex Grenzhof – partly because elevated naphthalene levels were found in the buildings. It is the same pollutant that recently reached the headlines in Ebikon in the Höfli school building. In Ebikon the school building has been cleared, it will soon be demolished. Even in the border area, the students are now partially taught in the provisional education, because the pollutants are particularly high in part 2 of the school. Because of this situation, maintaining the school system is no longer justified, the city council writes in a message. He does not seem to believe that remediation would completely eliminate the problem. In fact, the city council is probably still the experience with the school squads in the neck. There too you have been fighting for years with pollutants and bad odors. All renovation attempts did not show the desired success. That is why the squadron school building has now been demolished and rebuilt.