The Jerusalem Municipality completed renovations and upgrades Sunday to the roofs sheltering the Mahane Yehuda Market damaged during last year’s unusually bitter winter, and added a heat-generating glass enclosure to keep merchants and patrons warm during the colder months.
In addition to the new roof, the municipality’s maintenance department also cleaned the surrounding gutters and added a third cleaning shift Monday through Friday, from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., to keep the area sanitary for the dozens of businesses open during the evening hours.
“The municipality is committed to the investment required to improve the infrastructure of the shuk, and to promote the development of commerce and culture in the market,” said City Manager Joseph Hyman on Sunday.
The renovations have been so well received by merchants, the municipality said more upgrades are being planned for next year.
All renovations have been completed in conjunction with market traders and their association, the municipality said.