New office project? Demolish another first, says Amsterdam

Amsterdam city council is looking at ways to force property developers to take action to reduce the amount of vacant office space in the capital, mayor Eberhard van der Laan has told the Financieele Dagblad.

This would mean developers would only get a permit for a new, top location such as the Zuidas business park if they agreed to demolish the same number of square metres of offices elsewhere in the city.
Some 17% of Amsterdam’s offices are currently vacant.
The city also has plans to get developers to turn vacant offices into residential accommodation.

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