Revolution in Tel Aviv's tower policy: The municipality has decided not to approve the construction of anymore skyscrapers in the center of the city. "The Assuta building project on Jabotinsky Street will be the last of its kind," chairman of the local Planning and Construction Committee Doron Sapir told Yedioth Ahronoth's "Mamon" financial paper.
According to the new plan, no more towers will be built between the seashore and Ibn Gvirol Street, or between the Yarkon River in the north and Eilat Street in the south. In addition, the entire area east of Ibn Gvirol will be flooded with high-rise buildings over 18 stories tall.
The new policy is part of an outline plan for Tel Aviv 2025 formed by the city's engineering administration. The plan does not include buildings already under construction, but certain projects in the planning stages have been scrapped.
"The city center must not be cut off by towers, but they should be concentrated along main marginal routes," Sapir said. "The plan is to expand the preserved area in the center of the city. All towers in these regions will not be approved, despite the dozens of plans that are presented to us."
However, the number of towers in areas east of Ibn Gvirol will not be limited, and will even be increased. The city's plan, which outlines the face of Tel Aviv in the year 2025, does not include construction on the city's Sde Dov Airport lot, meaning the airport is slated to remain active in the coming years.
Around the airport, 12,000 apartments are slated to be built in low-rise buildings. "They have been evacuating Sde Dov for 50 years now," said Tel Aviv's municipal engineer, Hezi Berkovich, "But we cannot wait with the plans around the airport, so the buildings planned for northwest Tel Aviv will not be high."