The province of South Holland asks residents to send in good ideas for empty buildings or sites.
For example, the province wants to inspire parties such as municipalities, property owners and project developers in tackling vacancy and enter into discussions about the possibilities of the available space.
Everyone – from resident to property owner – can participate in the call and submit a so-called idea via the province’s website. That can be a wild idea that is described in only one sentence, but also a calculated plan on which a group of residents and/or entrepreneurs have been working on for some time. Deputy Adri Bom-Lemstra: ‘It’s about getting each other to think about how we can best use the scarce space in South Holland. So that we don’t build for vacancy and, for example, keep the shopping streets lively and pleasant.’
The province realizes that not all ideas can be implemented. However, the relevant municipalities will be informed about the submissions. Entrants who indicate that they want this can expect a phone call about their idea. In addition, all entrants have a chance to win a weekend away at Hotel New York in Rotterdam, the former office of the Holland-America line that, after years of vacancy, is now a catering facility.
By Johannes van Bentum on www.vastgoedmarkt.nl