This week, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Commission approved the construction of 500 new housing units in two urban renewal plans on Stern Street and Uruguay Street in the Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood. According to the plans, 336 housing units in three high-rises on Stern Street will replace 102 existing housing units, and 147 housing units in five buildings on Uruguay Street will replace 28 existing housing units.
The Marom Ganim plan (no. 409656) – vacate-and-build plan at 37-41 Stern Street:
This urban renewal plan covers an area of about seven dunams (1.75 acres), as a vacate-and-build project under our Master Plan for Kiryat Hayovel. The plan joins two other key plans on Stern Street, which the Local Planning Commission has already approved and which are in the advanced planning stages at the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission. Altogether the plans include 460 housing units.
Under the Marom Ganim plan, the current residential buildings will be demolished and three 25-30-storey high-rises will be built on the site, facing Stern Street and Gaoni Street. The plan also proposes widening Stern Street and increasing space for public buildings, commercial space, and space for the three new residential high-rises.
When construction is completed, 234 new housing units will bring the number of units at the site to 336. The plan also proposes 276 sq.m. of public space and a commercial façade. The Local Planning Commission recommended to the Regional Planning Commission to deposit the plan, subject to certain improvements, the most important of which is to increase the limits of the plans and to introduce a road connecting Gaoni Street to the intersection of Chaim Kolitz Street and Aharon Shulov Street. The Local Planning Commission also recommends widening Gaoni Street from the intersection with Stern Street to the roundabout at the end of the street, in order to cope with the traffic and in the future with public transport leading to Kolitz Street.
Or Ganim Plan (no. 345298) – vacate-and-build on Uruguay Street and Upper Volta Street:
This urban renewal plan covers a five-dunam (1.25 acres) site as a vacate-and-build project under our Master Plan for Kiryat Hayovel.
Under the plan, three existing residential buildings will be demolished and three 11-storey and two 8-9-storey buildings, with a total of 147 housing units, will be built on the site. All the buildings will share a parking level and common services. The plan also proposes a lot for a public building with a center for the elderly, a pedestrian path connecting Uruguay Street and Upper Volta Street, and a series of parking levels along its length.
For this plan too, the Local Planning Commissions recommended to the Regional Planning Commission to deposit the plan, subject to certain improvements, including the inclusion of public space to the building site in the parking area and increasing the public and private space.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: "The key to success of vacate-and-build projects is organization by the residents. When the initiative comes from the ground, it is our duty as the Municipality to give the residents all the support they need, so that the project will be implemented. Jerusalem is the first city where an Urban Renewal Administration has been established. It is advancing vacate-and-build projects, which will add approximately 9,000 housing units to the city, of which more than 1,000 housing units are part of plans that have already been approved. In this way, we will be able to keep young couples in Jerusalem."