Building on the site was subsequently curtailed due to construction of the Lehrter railway line and its terminus station to the south of Invalidenstraße. The line was opened for service in 1868. Directly behind the former Lehrter station, in the area now planned for the "Quartier Heidestraße", extensive facilities were built for cargo handling and other railway operations. However, during the Second World War large parts of the infrastructure were reduced to ruins, and then following the building of the Wall in 1961, the site was all but relegated to the outskirts of West Berlin.
From transit zone to new city centre
Heidestraße was eventually extended to the south by a bypass road through Tiergarten, becoming an important link between the northern and southern districts of West Berlin. In 1983 a container terminal was constructed on the land west of Heidestraße and played an important role in railway logistics for the enclosed West Berlin.
After the fall of the Wall, the use of the container terminal initially intensified, but was closed at the end of 2003 after operations were relocated to a freight centre. Only with the opening of Berlin's new main train station in mid-2006 did the area around Heidestraße become part of the centre of the city once again.
The current urban planning concept for the "Quartier Heidestraße" picks up from James Hobrecht's original idea, but in modified form. Adapted to the requirements of the 21st century, and in keeping with the concept of the 'Berlin mix', the quarter will be an distinctive blend of residential and commercial urban space. Then, just as it did in the early 19th century, Heidestraße will again be a symbol of entrepreneurial spirit, prosperity, growth and the city's future.