Beit Strauss will be expanded to include a police station and provide more services.
The appeals subcommittee of the National Planning and Building Commission has rejected appeals against plans to expand buildings along the northern side of the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City, despite anger among religious, environmental, and planning communities. The Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission approved the plan to expand the façade and roof of Beit Strauss, in part for a new police station, in 2009.
The 722-square meter Beit Strauss, located at northern side Western Wall plaza, currently includes bathrooms and a covered waiting area. The plan will add 944 square meters to the building to 1,716 square meters. The additional space is slated for a police station, the "Trip to Jerusalem" Educational Center, space for visitors, additional bathrooms, and a larger waiting area.
The plan is part of a broader plan for the Western Wall plaza and its environs.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 15, 2011
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