Preliminary planning of the Formula One racing track,
as per Council of Ministers' resolution 40 of November 23, 2000.
2) Adding a pedestrian
bridge near the Beirut western marina to provide a link from the
hotel district to the marina.
3) Widening Zeitouneh
street to improve traffic conditions.
4) Widening the private
unbuilt area between highrise buildings in the hotel district
to create breathing
5) Adding an underground
car park under the public open space near the Hilton hotel.
6) Adding a public open
space with a public underground car park in the Wadi Abou Jamil
7) Creating a public open
space near St Elie church.
8) Creating a public open
space near the Grand Serail entrance (demolition of the existing
9) Creating a public open
space near the Evangelical church.
10) Delineating Riad El Solh Square according to the actual
landscape design, and the planned underground car park.
11) Building a private
underground car park to service the Foch-Allenby area.
12) Specifying the site for the study
of two bridges above the Ancient Tell, as per Council of Ministers'
resolution 40 of November 23, 2000.
13) Amending the Cadmos street
alignment to preserve archeological remains.
14) Building an underground car park
facing the Municipality building to service the Foch-Allenby
15) Creating a public open space
in the Saifi area.
the publication of Council of Ministers' decree 5714 of June
19, 2001, the city center is back on track. The decree was issued
following resolution 13 of May 24, 2001 which approved the updating
and amendment of the BCD Master Plan and regulations, together with
1/500 maps and the exact delimitation of the reconstituted public
This was the last
step in a long procedure started by SOLIDERE in 1999 to resolve
outstanding Master Plan issues.
The decree will allow the
final delivery by SOLIDERE of the completed infrastructure and
reconstituted public domain, executed by the Company on behalf of
the State as per law 117/1991, the Company articles and the 1994
agreement with the State.
It is also crucial for the
accounting of development areas in the BCD.
Finally, by resolving any
apparent contradictions between the original Master Plan and the
national building code, it will allow the release of easement and
alignment certificates; facilitate property lot subdivision and
regrouping schemes as needed for development projects; and enable
developers to register property transfers and obtain construction
permits in order to start implementing their projects.
Around 28 building permit
applications will thus be unblocked, affecting both SOLIDERE
and other developers in the city center.
BCD Area Distribution Public domain
- Total areas allocated to
the public domain: 502,152 sq m.
- The original Master Plan
featured a number of small open spaces destined to provide
breathing space between existing buildings or to broaden some
sidewalks. Some of these spaces were cancelled by government
officials and replaced by other areas.
- Consequently, public
domain areas decreased to approximately 498,534 sq m.
- Areas to be relinquished
by SOLIDERE to the State in order to balance this reduction:
3,618 sq m.
- Total development rights
in the BCD: unchanged.
- Area allocated to
SOLIDERE: approximately 595,474 sq m, of which:
- Development land:
563,441 sq m.
- Remaining area: devoted
to Hadîqat as-Samâh and other private open spaces, of which
11,000 sq m may have car parks underneath.