Amsterdam has decided to make artificial land to form IJburg’s future Centrumeiland (‘Centre Island’). Thereby the city hopes to inspire the further development of the neighbourhood. The investment in this project will be limited to € 8.9 million.
Further investment will depend on how and when the building spaces are allotted. In this way, the city government wants to help sustain the necessity of Amsterdam’s further development.
Amsterdam has grown in recent years by an annual average of 10,000 residents. It is estimated that the capital’s population will be 800,000 inhabitants by 2013. In the past, mostly younger people came to the city, as new families moved away to the surrounding cities in search of affordable single-family dwellings. Centrumeiland will provide space for 700 single-family dwellings.
“In recent years, more and more young families have decided to stay in Amsterdam. They want to live in an urban environment with shops, cafes and theatres all within walking or biking distance, and backed by good public transport. Many people moved to IJburg for these very reasons,” says Maarten van Poelgeest, the alderperson in charge of Spatial Planning, Building and Housing Planning.