Planning and Development Objectives
the vision :
The south - western portion of
Beirut city benefits from direct access to sandy beaches and
includes unique attractions such as the new Sports City
complex with a shopping center and the Golf Club. The
expansion of Beirut towards the south has always been hindered
by the existence of settlements which have grown in violation
of public and private properties, and as a result of years of
deprivation and neglect. Through careful planning and strong
political and public support the area will be rearranged to
relocate the residents of the settlements while improving
their living conditions and provide them with housing
facility. This part of Beirut will cater for unique social,
cultural and recreational facilities within minutes from all
parts of town and will provide the required support facilities
that should exist between the airport and the downtown.
Residents of illegal
settlements will have the opportunity to relocate into newly
developed residential communities . These communities will
enjoy ample public open spaces with direct access to the
waterfront esplanade, the central business park and the
airport free zone. The low income housing units should cater
for various household sizes and encompass a medium population
density which in turn is considered lower than many suburbs
within Metropolitan Beirut.
The main future utility lines and road
network serving the city of Beirut will pass through the
ELYSSAR area. As part of the metropolitan program to upgrade
infrastructure, ELYSSAR is mandated to design and finance
infrastructure works to promote the sale and development of
vacant properties. The roads within ELYSSAR constitute the
most important network in the city namely the link between the
downtown and the airport, the connection to the south of the
country, the access to the beltway around the capital and the
Pan Arab highway. The network is designed to accommodate the
traffic beyond the year 2010.
cleared by ELYSSAR are subject to a new development scheme.
Thus the area offers unique opportunities to develop along the
sandy beaches or around major public facilities such as the
Sport City Complex, Beirut Govermental Hospital, the future
Ministry of Health, the conglomeration of vocational schools.
The recent opening of an international hotel in ELYSSAR proves
the hinge role the area could play between the downtown, the
airport and the rest of the city.