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Israel plans to solve housing crisis by building homes on artificial islands off the coast of Herzilya


NIS 650,000 will be spent on an initial feasibility study for the plan, which attempts to tackle Israel’s housing and land shortage.

A new plan beginning its way through the planning institutions in recent months is revisiting an idea once widely discussed the construction of an artificial island in the Mediterranean Sea.

The novel plan to tackle Israel’s housing shortage is being promoted by the Herzliya municipal engineer and his team, and involves the construction of two artificial islands 1.5 kilometers from the southern coast of Herzliya, opposite the existing marina. NIS 650,000 will be spent on an initial feasibility study.

The Herzliya municipality engineering department has already approached international companies for an estimate of the cost of a project on this scale.

“This project will cost billions,” the Herzliya municipal engineer said. “It can create new land for the construction of 40,000 housing units. I got in touch with the District Planning and Building Commissions about the idea a year and a half ago, but they didn’t accept it. I’m going to present the plan with geological findings and other feasibility studies to the Planning Administration.”

It is already clear that many objections will be filed to a plan of this type, if it goes ahead, among other things by environmental organizations. The municipal engineer has an idea about this.



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