Talpiot – Building a Future in Jerusalem
Huge news for Jerusalem: A new master plan for Talpiot gets underway On Wednesday, November 25, the Local Planning and Construction Committee adopted the master plan for Talpiot as a planning policy for the renewed Talpiot district. The plan will be submitted to the District Committee for final approval as planning policy for this area.
This is an innovative and advanced program that draws its inspiration from the world’s largest cities, corresponds with advanced urban concepts, including a mixing of uses, an inviting and vibrant public space, reliance on public transportation, wide sidewalks, streets and alleys that connect the plan to an entire fabric of life that is complete, advanced, of high quality and vibrant.
The plan will include the construction of approximately 8,600 housing units | 1.3 million square meters for employment and commerce | Dozens of new public buildings | Advanced transportation systems, with an emphasis on public transportation | Public parks, landscapes and playgrounds. This is what the new Talpiot district will look like.
The Talpiot master plan, whose planning was started by Molcho Architects, is one of the most important strategic moves the city has ever known. Through the plan, the face of Talpiot will change, and as soon as the plan is approved will become a center of attraction for entrepreneurs from around the country and the city. The master plan looks 20 years ahead and allows stakeholders and entrepreneurs to plan their steps forward with confidence, while planning and paying attention to maintaining the public and municipal space. The plan encourages and allows extensive business and commercial activities that will provide thousands of new, quality jobs alongside advanced residential, educational, cultural and leisure areas.
The new plan addresses the changes that have taken place in the area in recent years, during which the Talpiot industrial zone has changed from a low-tech industrial complex to a diverse and vibrant complex that includes employment, commerce and culture, and attracts startup companies.
As part of the plan, there has been a rezoning and a creation of a complete mix of uses – the addition of 1.3 million square meters for employment, commerce, workshops and public buildings. The plan also includes the addition of up to 8,600 residential units, while placing special emphasis on the integration of small apartments and determining a diverse mix in order to address as many populations and as many age groups as possible.
In order to fulfill the needs of the future population of the complex, public buildings will be built, including educational buildings (kindergartens, schools), health, sports and religious buildings, alongside cultural and leisure centers, open public spaces, boulevards and other green lungs for the benefit of the public.
The plan includes a comprehensive transportation section designed to support the travel and traffic expected in the area. The connection of the light rail to the intercity train lines will make Talpiot an accessible center to residents of the entire country. In line with the governmental and municipal investment in establishing a mass transit system in the city, the master plan gives priority to the use of public transportation and connectivity to mass transit systems, encourages non-motorized transportation and a reduction of the use of private vehicles. Three light rail lines/extensions are planned for the areas included in the plan and the adjacent areas.
The plan is not an island at sea. In parallel with work on the light rail lines, traffic projects in the Talpiot area, such as the Hebron Road level separation project (the Asher Wiener Tunnel) are and will be promoted in the coming years. Construction of the southern section of the Pierre Koenig route will continue the main boulevard that will be built in Talpiot and connect it to Moshe Baram Boulevard, which will serve as an additional entrance to and exit from the complex. In addition, the Pierre Koenig parking lot is being constructed, and we are moving forward with the Road 16 extension on an underground route from Beyth Junction to Moshe Baram Boulevard. These projects will allow for an optimal flow of traffic to the renewed Talpiot district and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The plan, established by Architect Molcho, is being promoted by the Jerusalem Municipality through the Jerusalem Development Authority, and was submitted for to the planning committees for approval after conducting in-depth processes with public participation in the surrounding neighborhoods and with business and property owners in the complex.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion: “Shehecheyanu vehigi’anu layom hazeh.” Today we have approved one of the most important plans for Jerusalem for the coming years, a plan with which we are building the city’s future. The master plan for the Talpiot district is incredible news for the city, and is an excellent example of advanced and vibrant urban planning that includes commerce and employment alongside residential, public and cultural buildings, all while making optimal use of the limited land resources. The Talpiot master plan is an important tier and part of our policy for developing the city’s economy, promoting education and culture and substantially increasing the number of residential units in such a way that will suit a wide range of populations. In this way, we will meet all the existing demands for the benefit of the city’s residents and those interested in establishing their homes here.”
To download a video of the Local Planning and Construction Committee vote click here
Monday, December 14, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion will hold a press briefing in which he will present the master plan. An announcement will be sent separately.
Credit for simulations of the project – Molcho Architects
Credit for the Local Planning and Construction Committee voting video and photos of the illuminated Rav-Chen complex – Alternative 1