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BCD: The Program
The reconstruction of the Beirut Central District is a major endeavor of historic proportions. It covers a total land area of approximately 1.8 million square meters including 608,000 square meters of reclaimed land on the seafront. Of the total area, 86. 3 hectares will consist of SOLIDERE development plots. The remaining area will consist of government properties -including roads, utilities, squares, and public gardens - and exempted lots.

Planning studies for the project were prepared on the basis of a BCD projected population of 40,000 residents and 100,000 day-time employees.

The total floor area of the BCD project is distributed in the following manner:

Built-Up Area in Square Meters
Offices 1,565,000
Residential 1,924,000
Commercial 623,000
Cultural Facilities and Government Offices 358,000
Hotels 220,000
Total 4,690,000
Sufficient flexibility is provided for further modifications in the functional distribution in light of future market conditions. The following are the main considerations ensuring proper provision of the various functions and activities:

A) FINANCIAL, BUSINESS AND ANCILLARY SERVICES:

In the modern financial center planned on the sea-front, national and international companies operating in the region will have a prestigious location for their headquartersor local branches. This center will be equipped with sophisticated infrastructure facilities and be easily accessible from the city and the airport.

Maritime agencies, wholesale and import-export companies will find in the BCD convenient locations for their operations, particularly in view of its proximity to the port.

Riad al Solh Street has traditionally been Lebanon's banking headquarters. Most of the buildings on this street have not been seriously damaged and will be refurbished.

Small service companies will be attracted to the BCD, as they were before the war.

B) RESIDENTIAL:

Traditionally an integral component of the BCD, residential buildings established a necessary continuity with adjacent residential areas outside the Central District and contributed in keeping the center alive outside business hours. The shortage of h ousing in Beirut, along with the planned attractive urban environment, will make the BCD residential facilities - catering to various income groups - all the more needed.

C) COMMERCIAL:

Commercial establishments previously located in the area will be attracted back to the BCD on account of its central location, modern infrastructure, pedestrian zones, and new attractive urban landscape.

The reconstruction of pedestrian Souks is expected to be a catalyst in the development of specialized retail and small businesses.

Retail establishments and small businesses will benefit from their proximity toother businesses - wholesale, brokerage and transport agencies - and to the planned residential, recreational and cultural developments in the BCD.

D) CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND TOURIST FACILITIES:

The BCD has traditionally housed a wide range of hotels, cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities. Indeed, their provision is required in the creation of an environment conducive to business. Considering the opportunities offered by the redevelopment of the coastline, and the program for the preservation of the Central District's archeological and historical features these facilities are very likely to be attracted to the BCD.

E) GOVERNMENTAL:

The Central District houses the refurbished Parliament building, as well as several ministries and government offices. Its traditional role as an administrative center will be re-established with the refurbishment and re-utilization of the Serail, the Beirut Municipality and other government offices. The government has already approved plans for the restoration of the Serail which will house the Council of Ministers' offices.

The Municipality building now and a rendering of what it will look like after restoration.

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