Some 18,000 homes to be built in Amsterdam harbors

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The Amterdam mayor and aldermen approved a Harbor City memorandum on Tuesday which states that at least 18 thousand homes will be built in the Dutch capital's harbors by 2040, Het Parool reports. That is nearly twice as many homes as agreed upon three years ago, according tot he newspaper.

The city can also decide at a later stage to also develop the Coen- and Vlot harbor. That would mean there is room for 40 thousand homes and that all harbor areas will be completely transformed into residential areas in the next 20 years. 

The Harbor City area consists of three areas - the Sloterdijken, the Havengebied and the Noordelijke IJoevers. The  construction of homes already started in Sloterdijk Centrum. The industrial terrain Sloterdijk I and possibly the Zaanstraat Emplacement will follow later. Construction will only start in the areas in Noord at a later stage. This is because agreements with companies state that construction can only start in 2025 in some of the Havengebied.

This housing plan wil not come at the expense of employment in the area, according to the memorandum. 12 thousand extra jobs will be created on top of the current 28 thousand jobs. The final development strategy is expected before next summer.