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Amsterdam wants rid of ADM free space

Alex van Veen

19 November 2006 – At the initiative of Alderman Lodewijk Asscher, the left-wing Amsterdam administration intends to destroy the cultural free space ADM. This location, internationally known for its Robodock Festival, must make room for a controversial inland port.

Against the background of an investment of millions of euros, alderman Asscher (Social-Democrats) wants to create forty mooring places for inland vessels at the squatted ADM terrain at the Hornweg in Amsterdam West. In order to do so, the municipality will have to do business with companies including Amstellino BV and Chidda Vastgoed BV, companies that are on the Van Traa list of possible stakeholders in criminal real estate firms and organisations in the Netherlands.

During the first stage, the Port of Amsterdam will try to reach an agreement with the current owner on the use of the port located at the 42 hectare terrain, in order to set in movement an ill-substantiated and financially risky development. During the second stage, the rest of the terrain will be bought.

The terrain was bought in 1997 for the modest amount of 13 million euro by Bertus Lüske, a dubious and by now assassinated estate agent. At the time, Amsterdam decided not to use its right to acquire the terrain at a low price.

“Because it now has to pay a disproportionate price (80 million euro) for this until recently uninteresting and heavily polluted terrain to companies that should long ago have been investigated under criminal properties legislation, the Amsterdam municipality may again lose tens of millions of euros as a result of negligence”, the squatters of the ADM terrain say.

For Amsterdam, according to the squatters, has a reputation of failed investments of millions of euros in the ports. “Think only of the 700 million euro that was spent on the still hardly used and still uneconomic Ceres Terminal”.

A new and relevant future port development at the ADM terrain, supported by an urban vision, is now “subjected completely to a very dubious and not cost-effective economic argument”. The current residents and users are therefore not inclined to move for a “wild and ill-conceived plan of the ambitious career-politician Asscher, that will not benefit Amsterdam”.

The former ADM shipyard was squatted in 1997 and occupied by a large group of artists, adventurers and free thinkers. The successful Robodock festival, which moved in 2005 to the NDSM terrain, came into existence here. Every year, festivals are held at the ADM terrain, including the Children’s Dream Festival the Sleaze Festival and the Carrier Moped Race.


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