The building that used to be the old home for foreign journalists in Jerusalem will become a 200-bed dormitory to alleviate some of the housing shortage students face in the capital, the municipality announced on Sunday.
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Construction to renovate Beit Agron, which previously housed many of the foreign bureaus for major newspapers, to become a dorm for Bezalel students, will begin within a year.
The project is part of the city’s initiative to reinvigorate the city center. Beit Agron is located in the heart of downtown, next to the restaurant and bars of the Nahalat Shiva area and across from the future Museum of Tolerance.
Two years ago in November 2010, the city announced that Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design would move back to the city center from its current campus on Mount Scopus. The new campus, which will be located in between the municipality buildings and the Russian compound, was originally slated to open for the 2014 school year though that date will most likely be pushed back.