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Social-Democrats content with Mirandastrook plans

1 February 2007 - The ZuiderAmstel district has developed a ‘very well-designed’ plan for the so-called Mirandastrook, where 350 new houses are to be built. This says council member Daniel García Soto in an article on the website of the local Social-Democrats (PvdA). Residents are concerned that affordable houses will disappear.

According to García Soto, this concern is based on an old version of the plan. The new version contains a guarantee that the share of affordable rented houses in the district will not fall below 25%.

It has also been promised that the Rivierenhuis, a building opposite the Miranda swimming pool with many affordable flats, will not be demolished for at least ten years. If it will be torn down in the future, social conditions will apply, including the provision of suitable alternative housing in the district for the current residents.

According to critics, demolishing the Rivierenhuis is unnecessary. In addition, they claim that the new affordable houses will have a rent of over 500 euro, while the current rents are about half as high. At the Mirandabuurt website, residents have been called on to protest.

Earlier, rent organisations and an organisation of the elderly expressed their concern over the plans. The district will distribute a letter among residents to remove ‘misunderstandings’ about the plans.


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