The opposition to the Fouad Boutros project stems from the activists' belief that it would destroy the architectural heritage and landscape of the neighborhoods it cuts through.
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Activists, experts cry foul over Fouad Boutros HighwayUnder the shade of an enormous 150-year-old berry tree, a panel of experts and activists reaffirmed their opposition to the Fouad Boutros Highway project Tuesday, accusing the Beirut municipality of illegally beginning implementation before a key environmental study has been completed. The Fouad Boutros project, which would see a 1.3-km four-lane highway linking Achrafieh's Alfred Naccahe Road with Charles Helou Avenue by the Beirut Port, was initially proposed in 1972 .Kiame spoke on behalf of a group of over 65 experts who have all signed and recently released a declaration denouncing the Fouad Boutros project.The highway will partially or completely demolish over 30 houses, in addition to the 10,000 square meters of gardens and orchards that will be paved over, according to the group, while the municipality only owns 10 houses and five properties.Over 50 stakeholders in the project have filed a lawsuit with Lebanon's Shura Council asking for the cancellation of the Fouad Boutros project.Noujaim emphasized that the coalition will continue to do everything in its power to make sure the Fouad Boutros project is not implemented.
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