A laborer works on an apartment building under construction in the Har Homa quarter in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee on Wednesday approved 380 construction permits for homes in Jerusalem neighborhoods Ramot and Har Homa, also known as Homat Shmuel.
According to the municipality, 307 homes will be constructed in Ramot and 73 in Har Homa in the north and south of Jerusalem, respectively.
Construction in Har Homa is part of a large project approved in August 2011 to build roughly 1,000 units in the area, for which tenders were issued in April 2012. Earlier in the month the municipality announced that it intends to invest NIS 50 million into the development of Har Homa. According to the municipality, which worked in coordination with the Construction Ministry, the funds will be allocated toward improving the neighborhood’s infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, parks, children’s playgrounds, sporting areas and street lighting.
“In the near future, residents of Homat Shmuel will see our great investment in all areas of life in the neighborhood,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement announcing the investment.
Approximately 25,000 Jews presently live in Har Homa.