3,000 apartments approved for Jerusalem’s Katamon

The plan seeks to improve the living standards in the area, use the land better and to adapt the area’s public, education, culture and religious facilities.

By MICHAL MARGALIT/ GLOBES
November 10, 2011 07:32
Katamon

Katamon 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission has approved 3,000 new apartments for Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhoods, one third of them small apartments, as part of a “vacate and build” project.

The plan seeks to improve the living standards in the area, use the land better and to adapt the area’s public, education, culture and religious facilities for a larger population.

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Most of the apartments in the Katamon neighborhoods, officially known as Gonen, are very small and were built over the past 50 years for new immigrants. Most of the buildings are two stories tall, although some are four stories tall. Some of the apartments have been enlarged by their owners.

The plan calls for the creation of a continuous stretch of residential areas, with pedestrian boulevards and open spaces linked to adjacent neighborhoods.

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