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4 Cheshvan 5761 - Noveber 2, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Tel Aviv Region's Largest Building Complex Underway
by A. Cohen

Bnei Brak will become one of the main industrial centers in the Tel Aviv region upon completion of a huge Dan area construction project currently in full swing. Municipal Construction Plan 566 entails building on an area of 500,000 square meters on the Bnei Brak-Jabotinsky area.

The project will extend over an area of 250 dunams (about 62 acres) bordered by Chashmonaim Street to the East, Modi'in Street in Ramat Gan to the West, Jabotinsky Street to the South and Sheshet Hayamim Street to the North. The area currently contains some industry, but has not been seriously developed in the fifty years of its existence. Today it includes garages, sheds, dilapidated one-story structures and old factory buildings.

That old region of Bnei Brak will be transformed into a major commercial center, similar to the diamond exchange in nearby Ramat Gan. It will also constitute an extension of Rabbi Akiva Street, the main street of Bnei Brak. Ten 22-38 story office buildings will be erected on the periphery along the Modi'in and Sheshet Hayamim thoroughfares. The plans include industrial as well as residential buildings and public areas. A fifteen dunam park will surround the residential area, serving as the end of Rabbi Akiva Street which traverses the city widthwise.

Avrohom Tannenbaum, Bnei Brak Municipal Secretary and Spokesman, relates that the first stage of the plan has emerged with the beginning of construction of the Ran Center. This Center will be 38 stories high, and will take up an area of 60,0000 square meters (600,000 square feet) atop an industrial complex. A large Africa-Israel and Concord commercial center is currently being built and additional well-known companies will soon begin construction.

Huge buildings are in the works, to serve commercial, office and mixed occupation. The project offers incentives to contractors agreeing to demolish the old buildings and begin work on new structures. Building rights have been increased from the usual 160% to 300%, constituting an increase of rights for more than 240 thousand square meters of construction.

The plan was reviewed from the standpoint of environmental quality as well as traffic problems. Massive transportation solutions have been planned by the Department of Transportation on the Jabotinsky thoroughfare from Tel Aviv to Petach Tikvah.

The plan synchronizes with the Interior Ministry Tel Aviv Regional Plan. According to current policy, centers employing large amounts of workers can be instituted only near main traffic arteries, and the Bnei Brak region is indeed located on the Jabotinsky thoroughfare, where a suburban train will eventually pass. It is also near the Ayalon shopping mall and the existing train station of northern Bnei Brak.

This plan, as a formulation of the plan for the commercial development of 1000 dunams in the area of the train station, coincides with Mayor Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz' aim of advancement of large projects to improve the city's economic situation. Bnei Brak has suffered from large financial deficits over a period of many years, due to the socioeconomic status of its residents. Mayor Karelitz hopes that thousands of new places of employment will be generated through the project, and that the taxes generated by the commercial space will balance the city's budget.

The plan was drafted by architects Eden Ber and Yochanan Lavi in conjunction with the Municipal Engineering Department. The plan has received final approval of the Regional Committee for Planing and Construction of the Interior Ministry in Tel Aviv, headed by Mr. Shmuel Lasker after going through formulation, planning and licensing procedures for the past ten years.

The project will cost approximately 500 million dollars.


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