BEIRUT: A development project announced last week will see Beirut’s Corniche outfitted with new bike lanes, greenery and more, Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani told The Daily Star.
The Beirut Municipal Council announced the project for the Ain al-Mreisseh Corniche on Instagram Wednesday, saying that work would begin later this year.
Itani added that Vladimir Djurovic, a Lebanon-based landscape architect, had been contracted to design the project, and that it would be launched once the final stages of design and other details were completed.
The renovated Corniche will be unveiled in 2020 or “in a maximum of two years,” Itani said.
Located close to the city center, the landmark promenade spans several kilometers, and is a place where families, joggers, fishermen, strollers, athletes and street vendors converge throughout the day.
The existing area will be only partially closed during construction, Itani said, and jogging lanes will remain open.
Renovations will include new street lighting, refreshment kiosks and bicycle rental services. New special bike lanes will be added, and other measures will be taken to make the area safe for cyclists.
A new “piazza area” at the sea level will allow people to get closer to the sea, and trees and other greenery will line the walkway.
According to Itani, the project will be environmentally friendly and sustainable.
It will develop only the existing footprint of the Corniche and will not involve building out over the sea. Strict policies and guidelines, he said, would be set to prevent harm to the environment.
“The project will take the Corniche to the next level,” Itani said.