Forty residents of Hanisiim Street in northwest Ra'anana are demanding a total of $2.7 million in compensation (NIS 67,000 each) from the regional planning board, claiming that the location of a proposed light train line will lower the property value of their homes.
The plan for the train project includes a line running down the street, which is considered one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. The light train project, slated to link Ra'anana, Kfar Sava and Herzliya, was approved by the national planning board three years ago.
Under the project, the line is to run the length of Weizmann Street in Kfar Sava, continue to Ahuza Street in Ra'anana, and finish at the train station in Herzliya. The train is eventually to link with the light train planned for Tel Aviv.
The blueprint approved by the national planning board includes a 1 kilometer stretch of rail on Hanisiim Street. In order to lay this track, the palm trees lining the street would apparently need to be uprooted. This would mean a blow to the quality of life on the street beyond the loss in property value, the residents contend.
Aryeh Sa'ar of Arelim Properties, who represents the residents, said that they would prefer to see the train re-routed rather than receive compensation payment. The lawsuit was submitted by attorney Yuval Galon.
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