Despite the fact that 1,500 chareidim have purchased apartments in Charish, it is appearing less than likely that the city will be a chareidi city is the hope of the homeowners. It appears that everything possible is being done to prevent Charish from becoming another chareidi city in Israel. There are already many non-frum homeowners living in the city and that number is only expected to grow.
The National Building Appeals Committee on Tuesday 21 Teves accepted an appeal which will compel modifying city building plans. This is based on a petition that stipulates today, Charish is not an exclusively chareidi city, nor is there a chareidi majority, so the plans must be modified to accommodate the growing number of non-frum homeowners and buyers.
Charish residents Chami Bar-Ohr and Noam Hillel are leaders of the “Green Charish” Movement which seeks to make sure the city does not become chareidi. The petition was filed by heir organization, represented by attorney Yishai Schneider. They pointed out to the court that since the city is not exclusively chareidi as planner envisioned, they wish to modify the plans.
Changes will include taller buildings, additional parking spaces including the construction of underground parking lots, additional shopping and entertainment centers and other modifications in line with meeting the needs of a non-chareidi community, using the city of Modi’in as an example.
The petition to the court explains there are thousands of non-chareidi families in Charish today and there is also going to be a substantial dati leumi community in the city. Therefore they call for halting construction based on an exclusively chareidi city and making the necessary modifications to accommodate dati leumi and secular residents too. Bar-Ohr explained to the court that there is no reason
to limit apartment buildings to five stories, calling for construction of seven and eight story apartment buildings to accommodate additional the non-chareidi residents.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)