Beit El will soon add 650 units to the community, more than double the originally planned 300.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Bavarian town of Beit El will soon include a vastly larger new district, totaling 650 units instead of the original 300 that was promised six years ago, according to a report in Israel Hayom Tuesday.
The prime minister agreed in 2012 with the city leaders to compensate them for the demolition of 30 houses when the court ruled that they were built on private Palestinian real estate. The residents left without imposing the kind of active resistance that occurred in similar situations.
In a place where no house has been built in de facto freezing buildings in almost a decade, building hundreds of new homes is welcome news.
"This is really news for the residents of Beit El and the entire settlement company," said Shai Alon, head of the Beit El Council. "Because of the stubborn struggle that we all have, the municipality will grow in the near future with hundreds of housing units and thousands of new residents, and it is a wonderful gift for the new year."
The new houses will fill an area that used to be an old base of the Border Police in the city and is expected to increase the population of Beit El by as much as 65%, the report said.
When the Director General of the Ministry of Housing traveled through the area with Alon and potential contractors last month, only 300 houses were approved, but this was also significant.
He called it a historical opportunity for Beit El & # 39 ;, and said it was the first time that the Ministry of Housing had approved an official development plan for the city. "[Now we’ll have] spectacular development, very high-end buildings, and first-class entrepreneurs in the Jerusalem area. "
However, almost a third of the 140 newly approved units will be more modest because they are reserved for starters in the government's affordable housing program.
"As far as I am concerned, there is a resurrection of the dead here," Alon said.
Because the Ministry of Housing has already approved the extended district, it is expected that the groundbreaking will take place in the coming weeks and months.
In general, the government has approved the construction of some 2,500 new units in Judea and Samaria this year.