C'tee to rethink planned military port for Haifa

A committee headed by a reserve major general will examine the alternative proposed by the Haifa municipality to a military port in the city, according to an agreement reached between Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav and the Defense Ministry.

Two years ago the Defense Ministry presented Haifa with a plan to expand a military port and build a new marina for the navy, at the northwest of Haifa's port.

Yahav said that the Defense Ministry concealed its intention to build excessively large buildings, as part of the military port, in places including the area near the tourist attraction of the Bahai Gardens.

"We found out by accident," Yahav said. "The project's landscape architect, who lives in Haifa, said he would not take part in building those gigantic buildings. He resigned and came to tell me."

The plan was to construct buildings much taller and wider than permitted, including a central structure 150 meters wide and 25 meters tall. The massive construction would be a fatal blow to the city's tourism, economy and environment between the Carmel and Bahai Gardens to the German Colony (Ben-Gurion Boulevard).

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