Bat Yam’s present city hall - Tomer Appelbaum - 26092011
Bat Yam’s present city hall. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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The city of Bat Yam will be moving to a new home, once it's built. The municipality will be publishing a tender to sell a 6-dunam plot of land in the industrial zone, in the city's south, zoned for the construction of an office building with shops. But the city has a "combination" deal in mind: It would keep part of the rights to the land and would get rights to part of the office building.

The plot in question is on Nissenbaum Street, opposite Rabbi Maimon Street. At present the site is occupied by warehouses owned by the city and serves as the parking lot for a fleet of garbage trucks, instead of which a 30-story office building can be erected. Once it's ready the city hall will move from its present domicile on Nordau Street.

The contractor will also have to undertake to build alternative warehousing for the municipality on another city-owned site in the south.

Bat Yam intends to publish the tender after the holidays, barring further delays.

The city's industrial zone is in its south and is about 850 dunams in area. It is occupied mainly by small metalworking, carpentry and other workshops, garages and a few heavy-industrial plants. Other than a few isolated sites owned by the city, almost all have been leased to private tenants.

For several years Bat Yam has been working on developing the industrial zone as a business and economic anchor for the city. With that in mind, the city built its business administration there, run by Liat Avieli, who is also responsible for developing the industrial zone.

Part of the plan involves adding residential areas. To encourage development and initiative, the city increased building rights from 170% to 400%. Nor is that all: Additional building rights are possible. The city split the industrial zone into sub-zones and allocated "floating" building rights, not associated with particular lots. The system for the floating building rights is first come, first served until they're used up.