Despite the current difficult economic climate, the city of Dimona has reached an agreement with the Housing and Construction Ministry and the Israel Lands Authority to build 424 residential units for young couples in the Mamshit neighborhood in the south of the city, reports www.mynet.co.il. The agreement comes after months of increasing requests for more housing in the city, apparently emanating both from current residents and from outsiders wishing to move in to the city. According to the report, Mayor Meir Cohen and officials from the Ministry and the authority reached an agreement that will see the construction of 372 apartments, each of 100 square meters in size, in buildings three stories tall. In addition, 52 private houses will be built on blocks of 400 square meters each. The agreement enables the city to issue a tender for the project next month, with construction slated to begin in April, 2009. "We will strengthen construction in the city for all sectors, especially young couples," Cohen said. "We have not a few requests for housing and it is important for us to provide a solution for everyone."