Porten Development

38 | PORTEN DEVELOPMENT C.J. VAN HOUTENLAAN WEESP The Cacaokwartier (Cacao Quarter) is also known as the Van Houten Industrial Park, and it is the oldest business park in Weesp. The Van Houten family settled here in 1850 and built up a chocolate empire, which provided many jobs, making chocolate factory Van Houten the pride of Weesp. However, in 1971 the curtain fell on the factory and the site was taken over by the pharmaceutical industry. Today, many offices on the business park are empty. This level of vacancy contrasts sharply with the adjacent lively historic centre of Weesp. The Weesp municipality wishes for the Cacaokwartier to become a high-quality residential area, while retaining its own identity. A vibrant district with its own character in which a significant part of Weesp’s large housing needs will be met. There will be room for a diversity of target groups: starters, young people and the elderly. This translates into smaller homes that provide quality housing. Porten is developing together with Ten Brinke a mixed project in the “Cacao” area with dwellings and offices. A 6-floor residential tower will encompass