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BCD: The Master Plan

A- Treelined Sea-Side Promenade  B-Seaside Park

1-Public & Religious Buildings.
2 -Preseved historic core of the City
3- Financial District mixed use of offices, recreational & shopping facilities
4-Traditional old souks area
5-Mixed use area
6-Residential area
7-Public parks & squares
8-Archeological excavation area
9-Marians

FEATURES AND OBJECTIVES

Governing the main outlines of reconstruction and development, the BCD's Master Plan was officially approved by the Council of Ministers in March of1994, after a series of detailed studies and public and professional seminars.

THE MAIN FEATURES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE MASTER PLAN ARE:

The reintegration of the Central District within the metropolitan area of Beirut and the strengthening of its links with neighboring areas through improved pedestrian and vehicular networks, and a comprehensive public transport policy;

The preservation of the historical core of the city, namely, the area stretching from the Serail Citadel in the west, to Martyrs' Square in the east. Within this district, all remaining historical buildings, as well as the banking buildings along Riad al Solh Street, will be preserved and are in the process of being renovated. Historical preservation is expected to increase the value of the new real estate development in the BCD;

The development of a mixed-use zone in the reclaimed land stretching from the planned seaside park to the first basin of the port. This area will command superb views over the Mediterranean, the port of Beirut, the Bay of Jounieh and the hills and mountains beyond. The development will include a financial district, entertainment, recreational and shopping facilities;

The reconstruction of the old Souks - Ayyas, Tawileh and Al-Jamil - and of the area extending to the former Khan Antoun Bey;

The preservation of the residential neighborhoods of Saifi, Mar Maroun and Zkak al Blat. New developments and outdoor spaces will be introduced with the purpose of improving the quality of life in these neighborhoods;

The extension of the residential area of Wadi Abu Jmil along its natural topographical inclination to the waterfront. The renovation and restoration of several traditional Lebanese houses will reaffirm the Levantine character of this neighborhood;

The development of a seaside park on the landfill zone, including cultural facilities in the vicinity, such as a national library and centers for the arts. This area is expected to become one of the main public and tourist attractions of the BCD; The construction of a tree-lined seaside promenade which will extend Beirut's famous seaside boulevard;

The provision of adequate links between the area traditionally associated with the BCD and the reclaimed land zone. To this end, an east-west boulevard, offering a view to the sea and the mountains, will be built across the BCD;

The integration of the archeological finds from the excavation site located between Place de l'Etoile, St. George's Cathedral and Martyrs' Square into modern developments;

The development of the Minet al Hosn neighborhood into a mixed-use area comprising residential, hotel and office spaces;

The creation of a better visual and urban link between Martyrs' Square and the waterfront;

The adoption of a policy that limits the number of high-rise buildings and restricts their locations to areas along major BCD gateways, the existing hotel district, and the new financial district;

The provision of service roads and underground public parking facilities in key locations, so as to minimize vehicular traffic inside the BCD.

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