You will have to search a long time to find a mayor who can hold a candle to the oberhaider: carsten joneitis – as head of the community – not only has an old water right, he also owns the associated muhle. The municipality acquired the building in 2016 in order to secure the decaying listed building for the future and to breathe new life into the centrally located site. A contemporary meeting place – not only for the people of oberhaid – is to be created, which in the heart of the village will link to its past.
Barbara spies is particularly pleased. The district archivist is also oberhaid’s community archivist. As such, it was pushed onto the old water right and naturally encouraged the mayor and the town council in their intention to acquire the muhle and associated buildings when the opportunity arose.
For joneitis and his council, it was clear from the start that the aim was not to create something museum-like, but to make the muhlengelande in the town center a tangible experience for the people.
As? That was the task set for bamberger architect matthias jacob, who has now drawn up a feasibility study.
The recently presented feasibility study was not only necessary as a basis for the company’s own planning, explains mayor joneitis, it also forms the prerequisite for future urban development funds. For decades, various urban tree removals have been implemented in oberhaid. The last rough one concerned the willow area. It had been a long time coming to tackle the last remaining urban spot in the center of town: the old muhle.
The listed building dates from the end of the 17th century. Century. Far earlier, the old parish church had been built nearby, and far later the old school, which is now the seat of the municipal administration.
Since the acquisition of the muhle, a selective clearing has been carried out. According to the mayor and the archivist, only historical mill utensils are still in the listed building. Part of the equipment has been moved to a container in view of the upcoming renovation work. However, they are still looking for dry and flood-proof storage space for further treasures from the mill ensemble.
As the mayor says about the schedule, the demolition of the barn, which is not listed, is planned for this year. The transformer immediately adjacent to the barn is also to be moved.
The entire area of the mill, about 1200 square meters, is to be redesigned. Also in such a way that the mulbach, which has been largely enclosed up to now, becomes visible and experienceable again, with steps leading down to the muhlgraben. After the demolition of one of the walls of the building, one will have a view of the rotating mill wheel from the outside.
Regarding the interior design, the architect explains that mill technology should be visible in the mill building, including the grain cleaning machine. The special mill experience is completed by the ice-cream parlor on the first floor – with a guest room and a window for the sale of the ice-cream. An exhibition room and a mill archive are also planned.
"From muhle to bread is the approach" in the context of which joneitis, a functional oven, is placed. Because the muhlenareal is to become a lively meeting place, the plans are to make the oven available to clubs and burgers, or to put it into operation during festivities such as the muhlenentag. Since last year the municipality is a member of the german mill association and this association holds its nationwide mill day on whitsun monday. With the muhle presumably completed in 2021, it is already expected that many visitors will be able to be buried on the muhlenareal, especially on this day.
The new open space that will be created after the demolition of the barn will be home to auben-schanklache as well as a solidly built pavilion with about 20 square meters and a playground. "The pavilion is intended as a reception room, so to speak", joneitis makes it clear, for school classes, clubs or other groups. The municipality will also use part of the open space for parking.
Now that the feasibility study has received the approval of the municipal council, the design planning must be commissioned. Joneitis expects work to begin this year, which jacobs estimates will take about two years. Since one is working with historical substance, one is not safe from surprises, especially in the old half-timbered structure, which also shows signs of damage. The statics are not quite clear, either, jacob ter lets us know. He estimates that the renovation, demolition of the barn, construction of the pavilion, landscaping, etc. Will cost just under two million euros.
This means for joneitis and the municipal administration that they now have to find a solution. This however not for the last time. The feasibility study envisages a town hall extension with a stage, so that a number of events and the like can be held around the town hall.
Joneitis motivates himself, the council and the administration with the vision of a further increase in the quality of life in oberhaid, which will also radiate into the surrounding area. The renovated historic cellar alley in unterhaid, for example, is still enjoying increasing popularity, the community archivist says, based on the requests for tours. Water on the mills of the muhlen-burgermeister.
"We had many events around the town hall during the 1225th anniversary celebrations", according to the archivist, the area has recommended itself for the future. There will probably still be a lot of water flowing down the muhlbach unseen until the rough muhlen project is completed.