Jerusalem c'tee gives Gilo housing project preliminary OK

By JONAH MANDEL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 29, 2010 20:47

 
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The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee on Monday approved a request to change the designation of a plot allocated for a hotel in favor of 130 living units near Gilo.

City Hall spokesman Elie Isaacson confirmed that the project, which still needs final approval from the Interior Ministry, had been given the go ahead.

Two weeks ago, the municipality had removed the request from the agenda, explaining that the reason was the need of more time “to examine the ramifications of changing the plot’s designation from a hotel to private living units, in light of the city’s policy on this issue.”

It was claimed at the time that the committee removed the topic from the agenda to prevent unwanted hubbub in the current politically tense environment, as the plot is in what is considered east Jerusalem, an assertion a spokesman for the municipality denied.

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