Modi'in Unveils Plan for New City Center Fit for Nightlife, Homes and Businesses

New plan, unveiled ahead of local elections, includes the construction of a new boulevard, 470 apartments units and five-story buildings with street-level commercial space for restaurants, pubs and stores.

The Modi'in-Maccabim-Reut municipality published Wednesday evening a building plan for the new city center that will include the construction of new apartment buildings, commercial venues, nightlife spots and public structures. It was unclear why the still yet-to-be finished plan was published at the current time, but it appears to be related to local elections that will be held in October.

At the center of the plan is a boulevard that will head from the vicinity of city hall toward Moid’in's Azrieli mall. The boulevard will have seven-meter wide sidewalks with parking spots alongside them as well as a 19 meter-wide central green space. At the end of the boulevard next to city hall a square will be built to be used for municipal events.

Alongside the planned boulevard, approximately 470 apartments are expected to be built in five-story buildings. The ground floors of the buildings will be set aside for commercial use, like stores, pubs and restaurants. Some buildings will also have their upper floors dedicated to commercial office space. The plan also leaves open the possibility for building an assisted living facility, 100 student housing units and a boutique hotel.

The municipality stated that the plan also included future public structures that will be built in the city center, including a central library, a culture center, a synagogue and an emergency services building that will house both a Magen David Adom unit and the police.

Gil Cohen-Magen