The club house in Zorneding has been empty for a long time, but the building is now due to get new heating. However, this does not primarily serve to fill the historic building with cozy warmth, but simply to prevent its substance from completely deteriorating. The spreading moisture is causing problems, especially in the basement, which could ultimately endanger the stability of the building on Anton-Grandauer-Straße. The Zornedingen local council therefore decided at its most recent meeting to counteract the impending decline by purchasing heating and drying equipment.
However, not everyone on the committee agreed with this. “I wouldn’t put a single cent more into the building,” said Robert Strobl (CSU), who doubted that the administration’s estimated costs of around 3,000 euros would be enough to maintain the house. In fact, Johannes Stanzel from the building authority admitted that these are only the acquisition costs for the devices; energy consumption has not yet been factored in – and this is probably not insignificant. In order to permanently displace moisture from the building, the devices would have to run all year round. In addition, according to Stenzel, the club’s building must be regularly checked for stability.
Although this is currently not at risk, a gradual deterioration in the structural condition must be expected, the administration writes in a statement. Johannes Stenzel added at the meeting that a complete renovation would be significantly more expensive than purchasing heating devices. The majority of the committee agreed with this emergency solution. “As long as it is not clear what is happening to the building, we have to ensure that the substance does not deteriorate,” said Patrick Eichler (CSU). Helmut Obermaier (Greens) also agreed: “We have to try not to put the building in a worse condition than it is at the moment.”
Because of its historical significance as one of the oldest buildings in the area, which previously housed the town hall and the school, the local councils are finding it difficult to simply demolish the clubhouse – especially since this would leave a vacant lot in the middle of the center for the foreseeable future . Recently there was the idea of re-planning the town center together with an investor who could possibly breathe new life into the historic building.
Against four opposing votes, the local council finally decided to keep the club house in a makeshift state of repair until it was clear what would happen in the long term.