Jerusalem Municipality Plans and Projects for 2020
Here are the plans and projects for the coming year in the areas of construction, cleaning, education, business, community and culture
The transformation that Jerusalem is undergoing can be encountered at the entrance to the city, with Jerusalem’s biggest mega-project, which courts Jerusalem’s producers, in which there is a total investment of 1.4 billion shekels and which will be completed by 2023. Real estate projects as part of the Mechir Lemishtaken project. In the past year, focused efforts were made to increase the number of planned housing units being advanced in urban planning schemes in order to increase the potential of apartments in the city. The number of housing units approved this year was around 10,000 – around 2,800 building permits were issued for new apartments; and 522 new hotel rooms were added to the city.
The plan – over a million square meters have been approved for employment and commerce solutions that are in the process of being planned. In 2020, special emphasis will be placed on the advancement of urban planning schemes that include urban renewal. Today there are around 25,000 housing units in the Jerusalem planning system which in the planning stages and have met the threshold conditions but have not yet been approved. The municipality guarantees that thousands of apartments will be constructed in 2020, while bureaucratic procedures will be reduced.
The cleaning reform will be significantly bolstered, and the sweeping system will be emphasized. 50 street washing vehicles will be operated daily in the city center and in recreation and commercial centers, and 30 vehicles for treating garbage hazards will be operated.
Around 1,000 new garbage containers will be added in Gilo, Ramot, Sanhedria and Pisgat Ze’ev, at a cost of over 100 million shekels. In addition, major streets throughout the city will be upgraded.
The modern schools are continuing their process of change and renewal, and will be adapted to students in the new era. The physical spaces in the educational institutions will be upgraded, learning spaces enabling different and fascinating learning will be renewed and built. Classrooms will be equipped with modern furniture that will allow for research, creation and sharing of knowledge. 306 new classes are expected to open (124 of which will be located in East Jerusalem). The number of innovative spaces will include over 800 classrooms, three times the number of study spaces across the country.
Moreover, dozens of social workers will be brought into the schools in the next school year; An additional branch of the Ofek School for Gifted Children will be built in west Jerusalem; Additional groups of principals and teachers will be formed as part of YAHDA – The School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem; With regard to special education – many resources will be allocated to “Dream Classrooms”, which promote (learning and emotional impairments) in primary education, a reading and student behavior program, which is in its third year, will be promoted.
This year, small business owners in Jerusalem will feel less of a burden. The municipality has decided that starting 1.1.2020 there will be an exemption from signage fees for the first sign put up on business storefronts. For all the details – click here.
In 2020, Jerusalemites, visitors and tourists will enjoy big festivals and events, including the Festival of Sound, the Festival of Light, the Film Festival, Hutzot Hayotzer, Open House, The Open Restaurants Festival, the Jerusalem March, the Tzamid Festival, the Winter Noize Festival, the Safra Square Purim Party, White Night Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day, academic year opening parties, Front Stage summer parties and more. The Jerusalem Marathon, marking its tenth year, will take place in Jerusalem, as well as the Hirus Marathon and the Jerusalem Streetball.
Neighborhood cultural events will be emphasized – in the community councils, municipal libraries, community gardens and neighborhood cafés. For example: The Ein Kerem Festival, The Toy Festival in Gilo, The Musikatamon Festival, Neighborhood Holiday and the Yerusalemi Festival in Kiryat Menachem, the Percussion Festival in Ramot, the Bustaniya Festival in Kiryat HaYovel, the Hatzerot Festival in the city’s gardens, the Armon HaNatziv Festival, the Potchim Rechov Festival in Beit HaKerem, the Bethlehem Festival in Baka, the Musrara Festival, a family camping in the garden event, the Shchunot-Shchunot Festival, Neighborhood Startup and Melody Festival in the community gardens.
Community and Welfare
Mayor Moshe Lion raised the banner for concern for the quality of life of each and every resident of the city, and reducing the gaps. The Community Administration was instructed to work toward significant improvement provided to children in early childhood and their parents, senior citizens, new immigrants, impoverished populations, special populations – the disabled, at-risk residents and more.
The main and most prominent projects in the administration’s 2020 work plan: With regard to senior citizens – a comprehensive program for preventing loneliness and encouraging social activity, and establishing a guidance center for retirees.
Against the backdrop of cases of child abuse in nurseries – a municipal program for private caregivers will be launched, in which courses will be given to 500 caregivers working in different areas, coving first aid, safety, pedagogy and more. The municipality will issue certificates of appreciation and offer continued training and assistance to caregivers who are interested.
The municipality will continue its program of extrication from poverty by developing unique municipal models for extricating people from poverty. The program includes 4,000 people each year who participate in various programs for home economics and budget management – lectures, workshops and personal guidance. These services result in an improvement of thousands of shekels a month through financial conduct.
The innovation – this year, the program will be expanded to the high schools as part of the Financial Education initiative in all the communities, with the aim of preparing high school students for the world of work and wise financial conduct.