File - A woman exits a nearly century-old building that was ordered to be evacuated by Beirut governor in Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut, Friday, March 2, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The committee of owners of historic buildings Monday demanded a new system for protecting heritage sites and demanded current legislation be removed.In October 2017, Cabinet passed a law to protect heritage sites that includes buildings deemed vital to Lebanon's heritage.Owners have three options under the law – sell the property as is, renovate it or sell the "air rights". The air rights govern the space above the building that owners of historic buildings can now sell to other property developers. Raji said that if 20 floors were allowed in an area, the buyer of the air rights above a 13-floor historic property could then build a new 27-story block.
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