The social hotel project “magdas” of Caritas Vienna starts a crowdfunding campaign for the greening of its new location in Ungargasse in Vienna-Landstraße. Under the motto “Flowers instead of concrete”, supporters can purchase trees, climbing plants, and perennials between April 6th and May 5th, according to a release from Vienna Caritas. Thus altogether $27,200 (€25,000) are to be collected. Each support amount is converted on request into a value coupon, which can be redeemed from autumn at the new location.
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The hotel project “magdas” was founded by Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna in 2012
As Caritas already announced in the summer of 2020, the previous priests’ residence “Stephanushaus” of the Archdiocese of Vienna at Ungargasse 38 is to be redesigned in such a way that an example of climate-friendly urban hospitality will be created there. Austria’s first “social business hotel,” which focuses on integrating young people with difficult access to the labor market, is thus moving from Vienna’s Prater to the third district. The plan is to be able to welcome the first guests at the new location from September 2022, emphasized Magdas managing director Gabriela Sonnleitner in an interview with Kathpress.
The object in the Ungargasse has a private parking lot with 16 parking spaces. From this now on approximately 400 square meters of garden with trees, bushes, green plants and flowers is to develop, so the plan of the “magdas social business” initiative. However, Sonnleitner explained that this would involve legal hurdles: “The magdas hotel would have to pay $208,000 (€192,000) or rent replacement parking spaces to leave the private parking spaces, even though the hotel is close to the subway, streetcar, and train station. So the garden costs us a lot of money. But we are convinced we are doing the right thing.”
He added that it is currently unclear what will happen to the previous hotel location at Laufberggasse 12 in Vienna’s Prater district due to Covid’s still uncertain impact on city tourism. For the next two years the house is to be used as refugee quarters between, then one will see further, the vision to open in the Prater again a magdas hotel, exists in any case still, explained Sonnleitner.
The hotel project “magdas” was founded by Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna in 2012 with the aim of solving social issues in an entrepreneurial way where it seems sensible and possible. This focus remains the same at the location in the Ungarviertel, he said. Magdas employs more than 200 people, about half of whom had difficult access to the labor market.
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