Sunday, March 21, 2010
Renovation of the Tel Aviv Tayelet Approved
The first initiative, taken on by Mayslits Kassif Architects, will oversee the general planning of the promenade and seaside sites. The promenade, built in the early 1980s, has old-fashioned street furniture, crumbling pavement and lacks a bicycle lane. The showers and changing rooms on the beaches are of poor quality, the municipality said, and various businesses are encroaching upon the bathing area.
The plan will see the promenade cleared of obstructions and the rough, brown pavement replaced, as well as the installment of new benches and street lights. New regulations for beach structures will also be introduced; most kiosks and shops standing right on the beach will be demolished and rebuilt with new and better infrastructure. A pedestrian lane on the pavement parallel to the beach may also be added.
The most noticeable change will be the introduction of two bike lanes, after the road itself is moved slightly eastward. This aspect of the renovations is linked to the second plan, created by the Yair Avigdor architectural firm, which centers on the general renovation of Herbert Samuel Street, running alongside the promenade.
According to that plan, the service lane on that street will be removed, and the road will be reduced to two lanes. A wider pavement on the eastern side of the street will allow better access to the street's shops and restaurants. This would also slow traffic traveling next to the promenade.
"The beachfront is supposed to showcase Tel Aviv, but right now it looks lackluster and uninviting," said Orly Arel, director of the city's central planning department. "We want to build a promenade that will interact with the sea."
The first plan has already been approved and implementation will begin within the year, while the details of the second plan are still being discussed in the municipality.
Source Haaretz - More details
Update: for a detailed presentation of the project, check this.