Last week, the local committee approved the recommendation of the Local Planning and Building Committee regarding the addition of building rights and additional floors on the plot of land located between the train station and the Azrieli Mall, where a hotel, rental apartments, stores and offices will be built. The idea is to create an important economic anchor in a strategic - central location in the city, like the centers of cities, in Israel and abroad. The approval of the plan is within the jurisdiction of the district committee, and the decision of the plenum constitutes, in effect, a recommendation to the district committee.
In order to have contemporary architectural buildings, the local committee saw fit to allow the number of floors to be gradually increased to 14 floors in certain parts of the complex, offices and residences. The approved addition replaces the original design of an obsolete structure that the committee sought to prevent. The additional building rights were made possible by moving areas from the underground floors to the floors above the ground, and thanks to the additional permit allowed under the Planning and Building Law, so that these areas will be utilized in a manner that will serve the residents and visitors better.
In addition to the 14-story office and residential buildings, each will have two commercial floors. There will also be a five-story hotel with 70 rooms and the apartment buildings will include 80 rental units, similar to the mall. The commercial areas will be built along Rechov Arar and Rechov Harakevet. There will be underground parking with an entrance from Rechov Harakevet and will be connected to the existing parking lot at the Azrieli Mall.
The new plan was examined by the local committee and the professional staff, who approved the project as it is essential to the city, both economically and in terms of improving the public space and upgrading the culture of recreation and leisure in the city.