The Israel Lands Authority published tenders for 4,268 new apartments in Beit Shemesh, in Ramat Beit Shemesh; in areas daled and hey. It is added that additional tenders will be released in 2016 to reach a total of 6,000 additional apartments in Beit Shemesh in 2016.
Last week, a meeting was held with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Housing Minister Yoav Gallant, Head of Planning Authority Avigdor Yitzchaki, Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul, Head of the Planning Committee Moshe Muntag and other officials to discuss the tenders and continued growth in Beit Shemesh. How these apartments will be advertised to the public was discussed along with continued development of the city including parks, public institutions, and more.
The apartments are being built towards solving the national housing crisis and as such, contractors are only permitted to sell the apartment to new home owners. That means anyone with an apartment in their name elsewhere will not be eligible to buy one of these apartments. As such, the price per square meter is promised to be very attractive, with an emphasis on young married couples. In the Gimmel area, over 2,000 apartments are in the advanced stage of construction. In Daled, there are 8,300 apartments in three neighborhoods and the current availability is Daled-One with 1,230 units, Daled-Two 1,322 units, Daled-Hey with 5,000 units, divided into two neighborhoods of which 2,074 are being marketed now. It is reported that in southern Beit Shemesh, there are 9,000 units have been approved for construction.
Officials in City Hall are hopeful that residents will begin moving into the new areas of the city in 3.5-to-4 years. It is stressed the new neighborhoods are being constructed on a high standard, and an array of high-standard apartments will be available and there will of course be shuls, green areas as well as shopping and public and commercial services. The area is being built with the chareidi tzibur in mind, amid a realization most residents will not have a vehicle.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)