11,500-homes approved for Tel HaShomer military base

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Two urban complexes will be built on the site of the Israel Defense Forces base near Tel Aviv, which is being vacated.

A national planning and building committee for public housing approved Monday an 11,500 unit housing plan for the Tel HaShomer military base east of Tel Aviv, after it is vacated. The plan will develop two separate complexes, in the central and northern parts of Tel HaShomer.

The larger complex will be built east of the Sheba Medical Center. The 330-acre development will include housing and commercial space, public buildings and institutions, and urban squares and public parks.

The complex will have 9,500 housing units and commercial space of 440,000-sq.m. The plan calls for 20% of the units to be small apartments, with construction not passing the 15-story mark. The complex will be built to accommodate the flow of vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.

The northern portion of the plan will spread out over some 55 acres, with a 2,000-unit residential quarter and a public park built over the existing landscape, thus preserving the base’s historical buildings. The plan calls for this section to be split, with the northern end hosting 9-12 story buildings and the southern section construction rising to 6 floors.

Similar to the larger complex, 20% of the units in the smaller development will be smaller, more affordable apartments.

The plan, which was submitted by the Israel Land Authority, includes a variety of public parks, wide avenues, and open spaces for the local residents. On its west end, the neighborhood borders the Sheba Medical Center. The plan proposes the development of a small commercial center to integrate with the redevelopment of the hospital’s entrance.

Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon said, “This significant plan in a popular area is another step in our efforts to solve the housing crisis.”

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 21, 2015

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