Beirut Municipality has plans to develop and expand Corniche Beirut this year. The cost of the project is estimated at $25 million.
The beach railing along the seaside promenade at Ain Mreisseh will be removed, and the walkway will be made two meters wider along 2.5 km.
A six thousand square meter public area will be added to the current piazza facing Palm Beach Hotel, so that a total area of 16,000 square meters can be dedicated to future celebrations, festivals, cultural and musical festivals, and other events.
New facilities including bicycle lanes, benches, public toilets, and bus and taxi stations will be added throughout the area under development.
The project will also develop the existing public beach between Rivera Hotel and the fishermen’s port and provide a number of access points along the corniche.
More than 700 trees will be planted along the promenade.
The project will be completed in two years. A tender will be launched by the end of the year, according to Jamal Itani, Mayor of Beirut.
The project aims at increasing the number of public spaces in the city and at giving people access to the sea, according to Itani.
“The corniche will be open to the public during the project implementation period,” said Itani.
The project will add 11,000 m2 of public space, according to the latest designs.
The preliminary design featured wider spaces that would have compromised the maritime environment. “Therefore, we opted after discussion with the locals to amend the design so as to preserve the environment,” Itani said.
The project consultants are Vladimir Djokovic and Rafik El Khoury and Partners.
The project needs the approval of the Council of the Ministers prior to the launch of the tender.