December 27, 2011
Peres to vacate official president’s residence
Israeli President Shimon Peres will move out of his official residence in Jerusalem following flooding and infrastructure failure throughout the complex.
Peres will move to an apartment in Jerusalem’s tony Mamilla neighborhood during the renovations, which are estimated to cost nearly $800,000. He is expected to remain in the rented apartment for at least four months.
Once renovations are completed on the public areas of the residence Peres will travel back and forth for meetings.
The building, opened in 1971, has never undergone major repairs or renovations.
Peres conducted official functions at two hotels in Jerusalem for several months this year, after infrastructure damage in the public areas.