Jaffa Port to Get Facelift

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Cityscape of Jaffa, Tel aviv. August 8, 2008. Photo by Doron Horowitz/Flash90. *** Local Caption *** ??? ?? ??? ??????
Cityscape of Jaffa. (Doron Horowitz/Flash90)

Long a derelict building but still a landmark, one of Tel Aviv’s most famous buildings – the old Customs House (Beit Hameches) is slated for demolition. The Tel Aviv city council authorized the demolition in a meeting Tuesday. However, the demolition requires approval by the national government, as it is part of a national urban renewal program.

The building, located at the entrance to the Jaffa Port, is unused, and the city wants to use the space to expand development of the port area, which it hopes has tourism potential. The vote to approve demolition was 18 in favor and 3 against, Calcalist reported.

The move must be approved by several government ministries and Knesset committees as well.