The District Planning and Construction Committee has approved plans to create a new neighborhood containing 2,227 housing units in the north Ramot area of Beersheba, reports www.mynet.co.il. The plans, presented by the Housing and Construction Ministry, include public and commercial areas as well as a protected housing complex for the elderly. According to the report, the new neighborhood will be constructed on the northern hill of the Ramot area and will be divided into three distinct sections. In the first section, known as Megorim Beit, apartment buildings will be no taller than three or four stories and 75 percent of ground-floor apartments will have their own yards. In the second section, Megorim Gimmel, buildings will be no taller than five or six stories and the ground floors will be able to be used for commercial purposes, such as shops, offices, medical clinics or restaurants. The third section, known as "special," will contain a protected housing complex for the elderly, including 130 residential units, a social club, administrative offices and other facilities.