760 apartments, commerce and offices (Photo: Imaging: 3Ddesign)
Phase II of the Canaan Group's Alma project in Kiryat Ono began yesterday with the demolition of 104 apartments.
A total of 138 apartments have been destroyed so far in the complex, of which 34 apartments were destroyed in the first phase of the project.
With the demolition of the additional buildings in the old complex on Levy Eshkol Street in the city, the pouring of the parapet (foundations) also began in phase I of the project.
Altogether, the Alma project includes the demolition of 232 old apartments in 11 railway buildings, and in their place 760 new apartments will be built in ten buildings of 12-20 floors, as well as about 6,000 square meters of commercial and office space.
Casting of foundations in phase A.
Founding event (photo: Roni Herman)
The demolition ceremony that took place yesterday was held in the presence of Mayor Israel Gal, the Chairman of the Urban Renewal Directorate, Ruthi Norman Zak, as well as the three owners of the Canaan Group: Eyal Handler, Niv Rom and Meir Tal, as well as the old apartment owners in the complex and their families. At the same event, the participants also witnessed the casting of the
raft of the buildings in phase A of the project. The work on pouring the raft began at 5:00 in the morning and continued until the night hours. During the work, dozens of workers poured about 1,600 cubic meters of concrete into a raft with an area of about 1,000 square meters, using a large number of pumps.
One of the apartment owners in the complex who came to witness the demolition of his residence described his feelings.
"We started talking about promoting urban renewal around 2009. We were looking for an entrepreneur and ended up with the Canaan Group, which proved to be a long-term partner. The road up to this moment when the old buildings are being demolished was very challenging. We needed a lot of faith and spirit and I am happy that we reached this defining moment. When we saw the The implementation of phase one, that the apartments are really being destroyed, I realized that this is really happening and it was very exciting."
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A significant event (Photo: Tomer Khomps)
Eyal Handler, chairman and co-owner of the Canaan Group, said at the event, "It's hard not to get excited when you stand and contract at such a landmark, when we start pouring the foundations of the first buildings in the project and at the same time demolish the old buildings of phase two.
Urban renewal is a significant event in the lives of all concerned, especially the apartment owners and their families, but also for life in the neighborhood, since such a project is the renewal of an entire community."
Israel Gal, the mayor of Kirit Ono, who came to the event, added: "The Binui evacuation project is one of the most challenging things there is, especially when it happens in a place like this, in the center of a city and in the middle of a residential neighborhood, a dense place that needs to be recreated. It's hard work, really an art. Everyone Being involved in a project like this requires a lot of patience and spirit, and the special residents here put their trust in the project and reached this special moment of the renewal of their buildings and apartments. One of my main goals is that within 7.5 years there will not be a single apartment in Kiryat Ono that is not protected and reinforced against earthquakes and missiles. We will be the first city who does so".