Planning authorities in Jerusalem have approved one of the most controversial developments in the Israeli government's urban renewal plan for the city the Mamilla plan at Jaffa Gate.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Jerusalem old city wall
SV & CU INTERIOR Architect Moshe Safdie with model of proposed new Jaffa Gate development (3 shots)
GV & LV Jaffa Gate (4 shots)
LV PULL BACK FROM Part of old city wall TO building in Mamilla Road to be demolished
CU & GV Mamilla Road sign and building (2 shots)
GV & LV Buildings in Mamilla Road (2 shots)
LV PAN FROM Buildings ST. Vincent de Paul Hospice
LV & GV PAN St. Vincent de Paul building (2 shots)
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Background: Planning authorities in Jerusalem have approved one of the most controversial developments in the Israeli government's urban renewal plan for the city the Mamilla plan at Jaffa Gate.
SYNOPSIS: The first stage of the scheme, which is expected to take three years to complete at a cost of twenty million dollars, will shift the major Jaffa Road five metres (yards) closer to the ancient city wall. Architect Moshe Safdie's plan provides for a car park, a bus station and a fifteen thousand-square-metre shopping arcade.
The proposals have been strongly criticised both inside and outside Israel. Environmentalists in Israel have been waging a war against the scheme saying that this area should be rehabilitated rather then replaced.
Leaders in the Arab world have accused the Israelis of remoulding jerusalem and destroying its unique character. These buildings along the Mamilla Road are to be pulled down to make way for the modern complex. Mr. Safdie said the whole development is expected to be financed by foreign investors.
Some buildings are to be preserved and it is thought that the demolition process will reveal some valuable archaeological finds including perhaps a second Temple city wall and a meat. Shops in the front of the St. Vincent de Paul building are to remain and a room where the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, slept across the street is to be rebuilt inside the new complex.