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this project is absolutely horrible !!
i saw its rendering on an advertisement in downtown
it literally involves constructing an entire villa-city out of the entire mountain side (im talking 50+ villas)
it is going to destroy so much forestry and its going to look hideous i took a pic of the ad but its not so clear ..ill post it later so u can see the size of the project
 

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^^ Well,it integrates very well with the surroundings .
 

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but the area is one of the few remaining places in lebanon that are densely forested and is home to many eco-camping destinations .. this project will ultimately clear age old forests and natural beauty , not to mention carving up the mountain side to build the foundations /facilities...ect.
 

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looks big..the site says"in harmony with nature" paths for biking and hiking....parks..doesnt sound so bad..but shouldnt be cutting forests
 

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It's way too dense

which is the fault of our lack of a GOOD LAND USE CODE.

At some point, this country is going to stop having rain. There will be so little ground cover that all of the concrete will probably just create a high pressure heat bubble that lifts the moist air from the sea over the mountains into Syria.

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAND USE CODE THAT WAS IN THE WORKS A FEW YEARS AGO? And whether it was any good?
 

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i thought that you cannot build around the metn expressway!!! i absolutely hate this project especially with all the forests that it is going to destroy...
 

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Once again khaligies are ruining the country.

First noor devolopes cedar island now emaar ruins metn for beitmisk
 

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Work begins on $800 million BeitMisk housing project


BEIRUT: Renaissance Holdings owner Georges Zard Abou Jaoude announced on Tuesday his $800 million project in Lebanon, BeitMisk, a residential community spread over 655,000 square meters in the Northern Metn region. “Lebanon has the potential to emerge as one of the leading tourist and financial destinations in the Middle East region and it is our duty to contribute to its growth,” said Abou Jaoude in a press conference held at Emile Lahoud conventions center in Dbayyeh.

He added that the importance of the project stems from the fact Lebanon is looking at a new era of development with economic restructuring and growth plans being rolled out, in which the prime drivers will be tou*rism, services sector and property.

“The services sector, including tourism and finance, contribute to over 67 percent of the national GDP. Supported by expatriate remittances willing to settle again in Lebanon, there is stronger demand in Lebanon for world-class residences. BeitMisk’s project will meet this demand,” he said.

The project combines luxury with distinctive Lebanese village features along with a comprehensive infrastructure in addition to roads, sidewalks and trees. It includes private villas as well as three-storey buildings. The project, which can accommodate up to 15,000 residents, is mostly financed by Abou Jaoude himself with 40 percent financed by the Banque Libano-Francaise.

Apartments sell starting at $1650 per square meter,” said Emaar managing director in Le*banon Nabil Zard Abou Jaoude.

“We selected the Northern Metn region for its clean and therapeutic living environs, with moderate winters and cool summers. The area is also accessible from the coastal highway at Nahr al-Mot, and has immediate access to Beirut through the new highway. Moreover, a number of renowned educational institutions are in close proximity,” he said.

Elie Gebrayel, representing Erga Group, the company charged with establishing the project’s architectural studies, explained that in order to reproduce the pleasant atmosphere of the traditional aspects of the Lebanese villages, the master plan has been very keen to respect the balance between the built-up area and the open spaces by allocating major green spaces and parks along with smaller green recreational areas, constituting 75 percent of the project surface.

Abou Jaoude said the project’s uniqueness does not only stand on the luxurious aspect of the residences. “This is a chance to contribute to restructuring the Lebanese economy, which is growing at an aggressive pace, because Lebanon has the potential to emerge as one of the leading tourist and financial destinations in the Middle East region and our project will help create new engines for growth.”

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Once again khaligies are ruining the country.

First noor devolopes cedar island now emaar ruins metn for beitmisk
Well thank god people with senses still exist! We have 10,452 KM for god's sake ... and every year, we are destroying thousands of hectares of forestry due to stupidity and arson ... AND YOU WANT TO DESTROY MORE?

Do you people realize that trees are nature's way of fighting desertification? I can't believe some of you can still rattle on about patriotism (and have the nerve to talk down to others who don't share your blind views) when your so arrogant and short-sighted yourselves! Your precious tourists will stop showing up when you're mostly desert just like everyone else around you!
 

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They updated their website with more renders and details concerning the parts of the project. The buildings themselves are really nice! Pity they had to construct this in a wodded area, they could have built it just around the trees like in other projects such as the pine village (I think it's called so)
 

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I am 100% with this project,it fits well,also it's environment friendly,i wish this "infects" the villages surrounding it to keep it this way. and start to renovate their own houses and roads.
 

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Very nice Projects !! ....would love to own an apartment there..
 

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Home on a mountain
September 2009


In the next eight to 10 years the map of Lebanon will include a completely new village. BeitMisk, the new residential community located in the northern Metn region, is one of many newly-launched projects which affirm the country's increasing attractiveness for real estate investment.

BeitMisk will cover 655,000 square meters and include apartment buildings, villas, penthouses, a country club, gardens, recreational areas and retail, offering its residents and visitors a home away from the cities' pollution and traffic.

The $800 million project is unique in many aspects. The developers say the new village will use renewable energy and have environmentally friendly wastewater treatment facilities. Sustainable and green building materials will be used in construction, and some 70 percent of the development will be green space. BeitMisk will also blend historical and modern structures. Work is underway, construction has started and so have sales.

The BeitMisk project is owned by Renaissance Holding, of which the majority shareholder is Georges Zard Abou Jaoude -- who is also the chairman of the Lebanese-Canadian Bank. It is 60 percent financed by Abou Jaoude himself and 40 percent by Banque Libano-Française (BLF). Emaar Lebanon, part of Emaar International Development -- a subsidiary of the Dubai-based Emaar Properties -- is the developer, while the Lebanese architectural company Erga Group did the architectural studies.


Building sustainability

BeitMisk is not as cutting edge as Abou Dhabi's Masdar City, but it will include several green-building and sustainable initiatives.

"We will be very close to the LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] standards," says Nabil Zard Abou Jaoude, chairman of Renaissance holding and managing director of Emaar Lebanon, who spoke with Executive on behalf of Renaissance. He explains that buildings will have double-insulated walls, excellent insulation for the roofs, and will use solar energy to decrease electricity consumption.

"It is not a marketing tool, but when you go into high specs, you are automatically very close to LEED," says Nabil Abou Jaoude.

Anthony Sfeir, BeitMisk's project coordinator at Erga Group, explains that the plumbing system, for example, will be separated into grey and black water, of which the grey will be recycled and used for irrigation. The project will also have a sewage treatment plant, where all the wastewater will be recycled and reused. "We will not be dumping waste effluent; we are treating everything," he says.


Construction and sales break ground

So far, the only building constructed at BeitMisk has been the sales office, which will later be turned into a country club. In mid-July, sales began for the first phase of the project, which will see the construction of nine buildings with 72 apartments. Four of the buildings have traditional designs and five are modern, according to Nabil Abou Jaoude. He says that so far, some 32 percent of the units have been sold.

"It is better than expected," he says, adding that he expects 80 percent of the units will be sold by year's end. "I thought that just for the first two to three days, we will have some people interested and then only two to three clients per day... but we have a lot of potential clients."

According to Georges Abou Jaoude, apartments start selling at $1,650 per square-meter, while townhouses start at $2,100. The prices of villas have not been determined yet since they need to be specifically designed before pricing. Apartments offered range between 177 and 330 square-meters, according to the sales office.

"These prices are launching prices; I expect them to go a little bit higher later on," says Georges Abou Jaoude, adding that the target buyers are basically Lebanese. He expects only around 8 percent of the project will be sold to foreigners.

Construction of the first phase is expected to start at the end of the year, after all the permits have been obtained, irrespective of the units sold. Each phase is supposed to take up to two years.

"The first $100 million is already there, and the financing of the first and the second phases is already secured," says Georges Abou Jaoude.

A sentimental value

Nabil Abou Jaoude say Renaissance is lucky to have found such beautiful land where they can develop a whole new town. The Northern Metn also holds sentimental value for the family since its roots come from that area.

Georges Abou Jaoude, formerly an architect before becoming a banker, also carries high hopes for this project.

"I want [Beit Misk to be] the most beautiful village in Lebanon, and maybe in the world."


Environmental concerns

But with many of Lebanon's high mountains already spoiled by poorly planned development and half built concrete homes and apartment buildings, is the unspoiled upper Metn really a place to build a suburban neighborhood?

BeitMisk may be advertised as environmentally friendly, but the fact that construction will destroy a part of the forest did not render environmentalists very enthusiastic. Wael Hmaidan, executive director of IndyAct, a league of independent environmental, social and cultural activists, says that BeitMisk will destroy the natural habitat and the ecosystem of a big part of the mountain forest.

"There will be plantations rather than a forest ecosystem. You cannot compare it. The dynamics are different," Hmaidan says. "A tree does more than give oxygen. It is a habitat, a house and an eco-system."

Garaved Kazanjian from Greenpeace agrees with Hmaidan. He says that the organization does not support these projects, but has no capacity to pursue every development that threatens what is left of the Lebanese natural wealth.

For the same reason, Hmaidan says that campaigning against any single development is a lost cause. What should be done is to reform planning policies in Lebanon so developments would not be allowed if they threaten the sustainability of Lebanese forests. "We can continue like this until we don't have a single forest in Lebanon," Hmaidan says. "Or we can create urban planning and a system to benefit all levels of society."

Georges Abou Jaoude says the BeitMisk project will blend with the local area's environment. "We will be planting 200,000 trees in the development and a little bit around it," he says, adding that only some 25 percent of the project will be built-up area.

A small walk around

So far, only the master plan of the project has been designed. The construction will be divided into phases, each being a neighborhood, and each phase will have its own final design. Buildings, villas and townhouses will be surrounded by gardens and plantations, while biking and walking paths will also surround the whole project.

"People will be able to see many views as they are walking. At one point they are looking at Beirut, then the sea, then they will be looking at the mountain to their right as they are walking," says Georges Abou Jaoude.

Most of the buildings will have three floors; only apartment buildings will have four floors. Villas will be provided with two to three parking spaces each, and two for every apartment building -- even visitors will be provided with public parking spaces. Roads will also be designed to minimize cross-town traffic.

"The project has been designed by Erga, so there is a traffic engineer who worked on that," says Nabil Abou Jaoude.

BeitMisk will also be divided into two parts. The upper part, which includes the villas and the townhouses, will become a closed community -- although that decision is not final, says Nabil Abou Jaoude.

By Nada Nohra

© Executive 2009
 
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