(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jerusalem city engineer Shlomo Eshkol and municipal legal adviser Yossi Havilio on Tuesday called for the Holyland project to be frozen
in a report submitted to the city municipality on Tuesday.
The report stated that the project had already used
most of its allotted construction permits, which was inconsistent
with the entrepreneurs' intention to build three more tower
blocks at the site, more than doubling the size of the project.
While the two stated in the report that the permits had originally been granted in accordance with the preapproved construction blueprints, a meeting with the entrepreneur had revealed the permits were not sufficient for
the completion of the three towers.
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Kobi
Kahlon, who also heads the city's Planning
and Housing Committee, will chair a discussion next week regarding
the freeze of Holyland construction rights, inviting all interest
holders to participate.
In a related devlopment,
Pollack, former Jerusalem deputy mayor and head of the local Planning
and Housing Committee, was released to house arrest earlier Tuesday.
He is suspected of setting the
expansion in motion in exchange for bribes, money laundering, fraud,
breach of public trust and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Monday, former Olmert
bureau head Shula Zaken was arrested
touching down at Ben-Gurion Airport. Police suspect former prime
minister Ehud Olmert of
accepting large amounts of cash
in bribes from businessmen
the Holyland real estate development, and believe the funds were
transferred via Zaken.
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