Many of those living near the Mufti Hasan Khaled Garden welcomed the project as presented on paper, but expressed two main concerns.
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Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani Sunday said that trees would not be cut down as part of a project to build a parking lot and new garden in place of the Mufti Hasan Khaled Garden in west Beirut.Video of works at the park circulated online last week appeared to show some trees being chopped down. Itani said these were "dry and dead shrubs". With green spaces already few and far in between in Beirut, new projects that threaten to further limit tree cover often face stiff opposition. Itani said the new project at the Mufti Hasan Khaled Garden, one of Beirut's few remaining green spaces, was part of a wider municipal plan to create between six and eight new multistory parking garages that together would hold some 1,800 cars.Construction is set to begin on the first three parking projects before the end of the year, and Itani said the Mufti Hasan Khaled Garden project, set to accommodate about 400 cars, would be completed in about two years.A mock-up of the plans for the new garden shared by Itani on his Instagram shows a mix of grass, shrubs and trees, as well as a water feature and shaded areas.
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