Government Clears Way for 12,000 Apartments at Sde Dov Airport Site

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A view of the Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv, which will soon be destroyed to make room for new residential housing. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
A view of the Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv, which will soon be destroyed to make room for new residential housing. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

A challenge to the plan for a major real estate development to replace Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv has been rejected by the National Planning and Building Commission, Globes reported on Wednesday.

The plan calls for the construction of a new residential neighborhood on the 475-acre site up to Tel Aviv’s border with Herzliya to the north. Included are 12,000 apartments, 50,000 square meters of hotel space, 150,000 square meters of business space, 70,000 square meters of commercial space, and a 125-acre park.

According to the current timetable, the civilian airfield will be vacated in 2016, and in June of that year, the bulldozers will arrive. The military airfield will be vacated in 2017.

The National Planning Commission ruled that approval of the plan should not wait for the evacuation.

A signing ceremony last August brought to an end years of wrangling over the future of the airport, a prime Tel Aviv real estate location.

Domestic flights by Arkia Airlines, Israir Airlines and Tourism Ltd. to Eilat will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport, and an alternative airport for light planes will be built at Ein Shemer in the Sharon.