For some time now we have been busy transforming Zuidas: from an exclusive business district to a mixed urban Amsterdam neighbourhood with a unique character. Zuidas is determined to retain its reputation as a prime location for international businesses. However, Zuidas is already more than that. At the moment approximately 4,000 people live in Zuidas. We are noticing that this is one of the reasons why it is becoming a more vibrant place, with more opportunities for retailers and hospitality businesses and more and more facilities as well. The construction of between 7,000 and 10,000 homes in the coming years will cause the number of residents to increase to approximately 20,000. In that way Zuidas will have grown to become a proper urban district in its own right. For whom? For everyone. So also for people on lower budgets. After all, Amsterdam wants to be a mixed city with no separation between neighbourhoods exclusively for affluent people and neighbourhoods for people with less money to spend.
In July 2017 Amsterdam city council adopted the Housing Agenda for 2025 (Dutch). This document provides a framework and direction for the city’s housing policy up until 2025. In the future, new construction plans must include affordable, mid-price and expensive homes and then in the ratio 40% public-sector rented housing, 40% mid-priced and 20% non-subsidised.