ISRAEL, NEW URBAN PLAN FOR HAIFA
The Urban planning committee of Haifa approved a new project of residential and commercial reorganization and extension of Haifa. The news is disseminated by the economic newspaper Globes.
Objective of the project – to be completed by 2025 – is to host 330,000 residents, 55,000 more than the current figure, to build a new business centre downtown and one for the occupation of Haifa Bay, the construction and restoration of public buildings, schools and tourism, entertainment and residential buildings.
On this particular subject, projects have been already submitted to increase the residential offer, and are currently under examination on in the phase of approval: for instance, a project for 4500 new houses in the new south gate of Haifa, and one for 2000 houses in Gurel Hill.
With reference to green areas, the plan foresees the creation of a new park in an area that is now under concession to the Israel Ports Company.
Furthermore, the port area should be re-qualified in order to ensure an easay access to pedestrians and a connection with the German Colony, the neighbourhood close to one of the most visited attractions of Haifa, the Bahai Mausoleum.
Even the littoral should be reorganized because the current road setup, with an expressway, impedes to use its full potential.