Capelle takes a step towards converting Rivium into a residential area


The municipal council of Capelle aan den IJssel gave the green light on Tuesday evening for the plans for the Rivium industrial estate. In the coming years it will be converted into a district with five thousand homes, mainly high-rise.

Some of the offices on Rivium are currently empty. Part of the vacant office space will be converted into apartments. Part of it is also broken down. They are replaced by new buildings.

There is room for high-rise buildings between 50 and 80 meters with a possibility for a higher building in a few places.


The plans for the transformation of Rivium are not new. The intention was discussed for the first time in 2017. At the time, 40 percent of the offices were empty. Then there was also talk of building a hotel in the area.

A report by Rijnmond about the vacancy in Rivium from 2017:

According to Alderman Struijvenberg of Capelle aan den IJssel, there has been several talks with all involved in recent years. “Many people see a great opportunity in Rivium to find a nice apartment in this special place. The location and the plans have made people and developers enthusiastic. Understandably, there is a considerable housing shortage in the region and Capelle, and many starters, but elderly people are also looking for a starter home or a transition home. “

There is a fear that the plan will also cause parking problems. Struijvenberg emphasizes that public transport will play a major role in the new residential area. “We are also investing as much as possible on shared cars, fast cycle routes to Rotterdam and Capelle and bicycle parking facilities. The parking standard will also be modest at 0.6 cars per household.”

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