Ra’anana has been experiencing an exodus of our youth from our city to other cities for years B ut it’s not only them. Even senior citizens who want to move to small apartments after their family nest has been emptied, do not find suitable housing solutions in Ra’anana.
One just has to take a look at “the green Kfar Saba” neighborhood, where most of its residents (approx. 70%) are young families originally from Ra’anana.
It is sad and frustrating to see our young children moving to live in tiny apartments in Kfar Saba, and even in Tel – Aviv where they pay thousands of shekels for rent. Our youngsters are not planning a future in Ra’anana.
The new Ra’anana standard for our young people will include small apartments , of 60 square meters (including the shelter – “Mamad”), most of them for long-term rent. These apartments will suit the financial realities and needs of our young people – from students to married couples and even to their first child.
But housing solutions are only the beginning. In order to keep our young people in the city, we must promote efficient public transportation, pave bicycle lanes and provide shuttle buses for easy access to the train stations. We will offer excellent leisure and entertainment services (which have been closed in recent years), we’ll offer additional scholarships for students, and will initiate many more employment opportunities for our young people here in the city, in cooperation with the business sector. Furthermore we will encourage many more of our young people to volunteer and to contribute to our community.
- Housing, housing, housing!
The new master plan for Ra’anana, which will be updated as early as 2024, will prioritize small apartments, of 60 square meters, most of them for long-term rent. In this way our young people will be able to find an apartment in Ra’anana in accordance with their financial capabilities.
Ra’anana is located at the heart of the Dan region, the land here is mostly private and hence the price per built square meter is high, and determined by market forces .
So what can we do to lower housing costs in Ra’anana? We must adjust the size of the apartments , by building apartments with a size of 60 square meters including the shelter (“Mamad”). These apartments, at long term rent will better meet our young people’s needs and financial capability at their early stages of life.
These smaller apartments will be built :
- On Ahuza Street – we will permit the construction of buildings with “mixed uses” – small apartments, offices and a commercial floor facing the street.
- Ra’anana’s youth towers – the old “Solel Bonei” building in the industrial park , will be demolished and in its place we’ll build 15-story towers with small apartments – 60 square meters, most of them for long-term rent, 3 floors of offices above street level all of which will be designated for commerce – cafes and restaurants.
- Weizman Street will be renewed (from Migdal street to Akiva). A ll private construction located on the south bank of Weizman Street will receive additional building rights in the master plan that will be updated in 2024 . The street will be completely transformed into residential buildings of 12 floors.
- In all demolition and rebuilding projects in the city center, priority will be given to additional small apartments.
In the Rasko Neighbourhood
In the Kiryat Sharet Neighbourhood
- Transportation – because there is no other way….
- An innovative system of public transportation will operate in Ra’anana, in cooperation with the Ministry of t ransportation. Buses of 50 seats will operate on Ahuza street and on Weitzman street at high frequency, while electric mini buses for 7 to 19 passengers will be operated on all the streets going out of Ahuza to the north and south.
- Bicycle lanes – Within 3 years we will conclude paving, a complete network of bicycle lanes all over the city.
- Municipally funded shuttles to and from the train station will operate as of January 2024. The shuttles will operate on Ahuza street and Weitzman street (all financed by the municipality until the new public transportation system will become operative by the Ministry of Transportation).
- A secure and covered bicycle parking lot will be built near the train stations.
- Additional parking near the train
We will expand the parking near the “Raanana West t rain station” so that it will include a minimum of 600 parking spaces (instead of the current 247 spaces ).
- Parking in the city center will cease to be a rare commodity – with the construction of a large central underground parking lot (Based on the model of “Habima” parking lot in Tel Aviv). The new parking lot will be built under the “Ha’yovel/Hamashbir” parking lot – and the “Yad Lebanim” plaza.
I invite you to also read more about our transportation plan on the Transportation page.
- Entertainment and leisure in Ra’anana? For sure, yes! ….a variety of entertainment and leisure complexes will be built in the coming years in the city.
So where will we hang out?
- In a new complex that will be closed to traffic on Thursday nights, Friday nights and Motz ei Shabat, on the streets of “Ha’yetzira” and “Ha’sadna” in our industrial park.
- In a new complex that will be built under the “youth towers” on “Ha’melacha” Street (behind the mall).
- In Ra’anana Park – yes… in a new European style complex, that will be built near the lake, and which will contain 5 businesses of restaurants, cafes and bars – all overlooking our magnificent lake.
- At the municipal dance club – which will be operated in place of the gallery on the lake.
- In the new entertainment complex, that will be constructed near the West train station (in the new industrial area).
- In the new entertainment complex near the South Railway – under the “Infinity” Tower.
- Employment close to home and scholarships for students
We have many leading hi-tech companies and businesses in our industrial park.
Therefore we will make sure to connect our talented students and youngsters to these companies.
Instead of giving you fish, we will help you fish for yourself.
You, our youth, will surely end up fishing better than us… your parents.
- We will resume operation of the “Ha’banana” entrepreneurship complex – to encourage entrepreneurship and startups of Ra’anana residents.
- The new complex will accommodate entrepreneurs in all fields, meaning high-tech, but not only.
- Volunteer lecturers and mentors : residents of Ra’anana who lead the business community, will provide a wide variety of lectures as well as guidance and mentoring for our young entrepreneurs.
- We will implement partnerships and collaborations with a range of innovative companies in various sectors of the economy, in order to promote the innovative entrepreneurs.
- The entrepreneurship complex will also be an “incubator” for students of the entrepreneurship classes in mid-school (a new class that will operate in mid and high schools).