The urban landscape of Jerusalem, as it is expected to look five years from now, will be completely different from the one we know today. The capital, which suffers from overcrowding and high poverty rates, is expected to become the "king" of evacuation-reconstruction with a huge number of towers planned to grow upwards and alongside the light rail lines.
At the same time, the state will have to continue subsidizing management fees for the veteran residents so that they can meet the high maintenance costs required for the new towers, which will grow instead of the old buildings in which they currently live.
The total number of housing units in evacuation-reconstruction proceedings in Jerusalem is currently reaching an unprecedented high of about 55,175 in some 3 advanced plans, of which about 800,3 housing units have been issued construction/demolition permits, about 000,9 housing units are in licensing procedures, about 500,39 are approved and about 000,<> are in various planning stages.
Development with close supervision
The Jerusalem Municipality's formula - construction and density along the route of the light rails, construction of modern schools and employment complexes, and the establishment of spacious parks full of attractions. To this end, the municipality has launched the first project of its kind in Israel called "The Neighborhood Project", which integrates and builds with the municipality an orderly work plan for the renewal of the public space.
As part of the urban renewal process, forums and round tables are held at all levels of management and work teams, in order to accompany the project and help promote the approval processes, solve problems and remove barriers.
The pace is enormous, and last month the municipality approved a flood of new urban renewal plans, including that of the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, where 65-unit housing buildings and a shared parking lot will be demolished, and replaced by two 24-story towers and a 12-story building for 250 apartments. The plan (by Azorim), which will cover about six dunams, Located in Compound D, located between Avshalom Habib Street and Olei HaGallows Street. The residential buildings will include a kindergarten and daycare center, as well as a commercial façade towards Olei HaGallows Street. South of these buildings, an urban square with an area of 840 square meters is planned.
Government office building on Wolfson Street. Simulation: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects,
On Ahlameh Street in the Gilo neighborhood, a five-story residential building with 36 apartments is planned to be demolished, and in its place a 27-9-story terraced tower with 160 apartments will be built on top of an underground parking lot, which will include a mix of uses for public purposes.
Another plan, which includes the construction of a residential, commercial, employment and public building complex in the Givat Haroseim neighborhood, proposes the demolition of 108-unit housing buildings and in their place a 22-story tower that will include 114 apartments and three 12-story buildings with 164 apartments for mixed residential, commercial and employment uses. In addition, the plan – between Tchernichovsky and David Shimoni streets, opposite Gazelle Valley Park, and at the corner of Period Street – proposes public buildings totaling about 1,200 square meters, and part of the façade facing Tchernichovsky Street offers a commercial façade. The green line of the light rail will pass near the new project.
Lubinsky Building, in Talpiot Industrial Zone. Simulation: Yigal Levy Architects and Town Planners,
A booming industry
On Rose Hill, on David Shimoni Street, adjacent to the Ma'a lot Shenhar public passage, two residential buildings with 24 housing units are proposed to be demolished and replaced by two 10-story buildings with 80 apartments, above an underground parking lot. The residential buildings will also include a kindergarten.
Plan of the Rajwan complex in the Talpiot industrial zone. Simulation: Bittman Tzur Architects,
A construction plan at 9 Yad Harutzim Street, in the Lubinsky Building in the Talpiot Industrial Zone, proposes the demolition of a 5-story office building facing the street front, and the construction of a residential tower with a mix of commercial, employment, public and residential uses on an area of 4.3 dunams. In the Rajwan complex in the Talpiot industrial zone, the industrial buildings will be demolished and three residential towers of varying heights, up to 30 floors, will be built.
Employment towers in the Rieger Federman complex in Givat Shaul. Simulation: Hook Architects,
In Givat Shaul, two towers of 29 and 31 floors will be built above underground parking, as part of a plan that includes areas for commerce and employment, institutions and public buildings, and a pedestrian passageway near the light rail route.
The municipality, through the local planning and building committee, recommended for deposit in the district committee the plan in the compound of 5-9 Hasadna Street, also in the Talpiot industrial zone. The complex covers an area of about 13 dunams and includes three industrial buildings – the northern one with six floors and another two buildings with two floors. The buildings include garages, workshops, offices and banquet halls.
The plan proposes the demolition of industrial buildings and the construction of three residential towers of various heights, up to 30 floors, above plinth floors for commercial and employment use. The residential buildings will include 450 new apartments. The committee decided that an additional 200% of residential building rights could be added for permanent rental apartments.
In addition, the committee decided to approve and give approval to phase two of the plan to build an employment tower in the Hebrew Gav Yam (Hojitech) high-tech park. The plan is located in the western area of the Givat-Ram Hebrew University campus, between Yeshayahu Leibowitz Street to the west and Balfour Road to the east, where the Green Line of the light rail passes. The plan covers an area of 26.845 dunams and is currently designated for special public buildings and technological research and development.
The plan proposes a rezoning of an employment zone and the construction of a 35-story tower above the permanent entrance and 7 floors below the permanent entrance, for various types of knowledge-intensive industry. In addition, the plan includes a commercial wall on the ground floor, towards the two streets - Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Balfour. Phase A of the high-tech complex is currently under construction, and the plan proposes completion of the complex and a significant addition that includes building rights.
"Occupational and economic anchor"
The local committee decided to recommend to the District Committee that the plan for the construction of an employment tower be deposited for government ministries in the JDC compound in Givat Ram, between Wolfson Boulevard to the north and Balfour Road to the south, and adjacent to the Green Line route of the light rail to the west. The plan covers an area of approximately 4,638 dunams and is currently designated for open spaces, public buildings and institutions, and is used as an actual lawn.
The plan proposes a rezoning of public buildings and institutions, and the construction of a 7-story building with a 45-story tower next to it, for the use of government ministries, as well as a commercial wall on the ground floor along all the facades of the building.
The proposed building fits into the high-rise construction being promoted around it, as part of the entrance plan to the city and the Begin roofing plan. In addition, the familiar statue of artist Danny Karavan located within the program area will be preserved.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon: "Alongside residential construction and as a complement to urban renewal in Jerusalem, we are promoting green, fast and accessible transportation solutions, such as the light rail fabric that is taking shape throughout the city. Alongside it are public transportation routes, new and fast access roads to the city and the construction of bicycle paths, which constitute a significant alternative to the use of private vehicles.
"In addition, we are promoting the construction of about two million square meters for employment and commerce, with an emphasis on quality employment, which serve as an economic anchor for the city's residents and populations interested in living in the city."
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