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An emergency meeting initiated by ‘Residents for Neve Tzedek'
22/06/2009

As you may have heard, the Tel Aviv local planning and construction committee recently approved a policy document for building in the mesila (train tracks) area running along Rehov Eilat/Derekh Yafo.

 

The document refers to an area of 128 dunams and includes seven towers The new buildings will add some 650 residential units to the 750 now existing in the area. Included in the buildings referred to in the document is the 38 storey Neve Tzedek (Nechushtan) tower that was built 5 years ago. The additional towers slated for construction are the Lieber Tower, a 32 storey tower for residential or office use; the Niva Tower, 28 floors slated for residential use;  The Ha-atad Tower, 32 storeys for office or residential use; the Lapid quarter that will include two towers containing 150 apartments and the Eliphelet area that will hold two additional towers. Please find attached an article in the Marker (Ha’aretz), dated 1.6, which contains additional details.

 

In view of the latest development, the ‘Residents for Neve Tzedek’ non-profit association believes that if action is not taken soon the battle will be lost. Neve Tzedek will quickly find itself surrounded by busy roads and high towers and will become a “traffic island” choked by car pollution and darkened for most of the day by the shade of the towers.

 

An emergency meeting initiated by  ‘Residents for Neve Tzedek’ will be held at the Neve Tzedek community centre on Thursday, June 25 at 19.00

 

The municipality assumes that residents opposing the plan will not turn to the courts in view of the high cost and and it is therefore aggressively pursuing its plans.

 

To block these plans, a professional battle needs to be waged in the various planning committees and in the courts. First rate lawyers and other professionals can be crucial to success - and this comes with a price. The expenses of Residents for Neve Tzedek have thus far been financed by the private contributions of its members but a much more significant investment of both money and time is now necessary.

 

One way to help is by making a contribution to the association.

 

The ‘Residents for Neve Tzedek’  non-profit association was established in 2009 as the executive arm of the Neve Tzedek Action Committee. Its goals are to act for the conservation of Neve Tzedek’s unique character, to promote a comprehensive and sustainable vision for Neve Tzedek and its environs and to promote the establishment of local educational institutions for the benefit of the community.

 

For four years the Action Committee has been engaged in a campaign against the plans of the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo to turn Neve Tzedek into a traffic island surrounded by huge towers and inter-city traffic arteries.  Members of the Committee volunteer their time and their money to save the neighbourhood from a future of dense construction, noise and exhaust fumes. None receive any financial consideration for their work.

 

We appeal to you, residents of the neighbourhood, citizens and indeed anyone who loves Neve Tzedek, to register as members of the association and to contribute to the difficult struggle that lies ahead. Financial contributions to the association are used only to fund activities and to cover the costs of legal counsel and other professional consultants needed to promote the campaign. The NPO’s budget is managed under the supervision of a certified accountant and a budget control committee.

 

Contributions should be made to:

 

Residents for Neve Tzedek

NPO number 580499184

 

c/o   Roy Amsel

Rehov Har Sinai 5

Tel Aviv 65816

 

Or to Bank Hapoalim

Account 335574

Montefiore Branch, no 781

39 Montefiore Street

 

With thanks
 

 

Residents for Neve Tzedek

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