Underground parking space at Martyrs Square

According to this article in The Daily Star today,the municipality of Beirut is planning to start constructing an underground parking (with a capacity of 2,000  cars) at the Martyrs square by the end of 2012, to “improve” the appearance of the downtown area. And a garden will later be created in the square once the project is done.

“Work will start before the end of this year. Once finished, the parking space will accommodate between 1,500 and 2,000 cars,” Hamad said, adding that a Build, Operate and Transfer contract would be signed by the company selected to carry out the project. Under the BOT contract, a company will build and operate the facility – earning revenue – before the municipality assumes ownership. Source

There’s no reference however to what’s going to happen to the current parking spaces around the Martyrs square, Solidere might be planning to build some new towers there?

The article also mentions a similar project in Ain El-Mrayseh where a parking space with a capacity of 680 cars is set to be built, in addition to a 7,000 square meters produce market between Tayyouneh and Shatila.

Photo via Stefania Facco

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7 Responses to Underground parking space at Martyrs Square

  1. Tarek February 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    In a real estate class in college, the professor told us that according to Solidere’s master plan, every single above the ground parking space in Downtown is only temporary. So something like this is definitely welcomed!!

    I wonder what happened to the Sanayeh plan though…

    • Rami February 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks Tarek! So the current spaces around Martyrs Square are most probably going..

  2. Fadi February 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    “the parking space will accommodate between 1,500 and 2,000 cars”

    Is the 500 car gap a way to factor in the habits of some Lebanese to park like morons and take two spots at a time ?

    • Rami February 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      hahah nice one! Yeah most probably!

  3. Afifoo (@afifo0) February 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Good news, we need both some green and parking in beirut!! let’s hope they also fix the roads :P

  4. R February 23, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    i know this has nothing to do with downtown some how but y dont they open the charles helou parking to the public y do ALWAYS focus on downtown and not the areas where there are MORE parking problems just saying

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