Bibi's Building Bluff
Yesterday Kiryat Arba Councilman and Deputy Mayor, Yisrael Bromson, who is also the chairman of the Kiryat Arba Building and Development Committee, publicized a post claiming that the permits for 42 new housing units was a bluff.
Today I spoke with him to clarify the issue.
His explanation is quite simple. In short: A year ago Misrad HaShikun, that is the Ministry of Housing issued permits for 100 new housing units in Kiryat Arba. Bids were submitted and three different construction firms were awarded the contracts. One company for 42 units, another for 18 units and another for 42 units.
Each paid the initial down payment and construction was to begin.
However, one of the contractors for 42 units, for its own reasons, backed out. They paid a fine to the Ministry of Housing, which then had to request new bids for that contract.
In the mean time, they began work at the construction site to prepare the infrastructure necessary for the building.
However, for technical reasons, they never reissued the request for new bids for the last 42 units.
As can be viewed in my photos, work has begun in a large area in the Givat HaHarsina neighborhood, preparing the area for the new homes.
Bibi's declaration, after the murder of Hallal Yaffa Ariel last week, announcing "42 new housing units in Kiryat Arba" was simply a regurgitation of the bids still in wait for the units promised a year ago.
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