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Old December 10th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #2261
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Animal lovers lament as Hong Kong sea creatures cleared out for man-made pleasure beach
After years of controversy and a judicial challenge, creatures including seahorses, starfish and urchins moved from Tai Po beach to nearby bay
December 8, 2017
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Hong Kong environmentalists could only stand and watch on Friday as workmen at a seashore moved rare creatures from their usual home to make way for an artificial pleasure beach.

Activists have decried the plan for Lung Mei Beach in Tai Po – and even taken the government to court over it – but have since accepted there is little they can do to stop the work and keep the starfish, urchins and other animals in place.

On November 25 government officials and contract workers started moving what could be several hundred marine animals from the future site of the man-made beach, which will cost an estimated HK$200 million.

The animals will be relocated to Ting Kok, a seashore about a 20-minute walk west of Lung Mei.

First proposed by the district council in 1998 to cater for residents without beach access, the government project came under fire when conservation groups raised ecological concerns and lodged a judicial review against it in 2013. A court ruling in favour of the project ended the prolonged row in 2014.

Hong Kong has 41 government-run public beaches, and many more beaches that aren’t formally maintained.

Green activists feared the construction would wipe out the rare spotted seahorse and other marine creatures in the area. But government surveys found the site was of low ecological importance, despite sightings of the spotted seahorse, cowfish, and dragonet in the area. The spotted seahorse is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

“The whole operation is unacceptable,” said Peter Li Siu-man, a spokesman for the Save Lung Mei Alliance, the campaign group formed by 34 member organisations and individuals.

“There is no way to improve the situation now, with trucks already shovelling and crushing the sea creatures.”
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Animal lovers lament as Hong Kong sea creatures cleared out for man-made pleasure beach
After years of controversy and a judicial challenge, creatures including seahorses, starfish and urchins moved from Tai Po beach to nearby bay
December 8, 2017
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Hong Kong environmentalists could only stand and watch on Friday as workmen at a seashore moved rare creatures from their usual home to make way for an artificial pleasure beach.

Activists have decried the plan for Lung Mei Beach in Tai Po – and even taken the government to court over it – but have since accepted there is little they can do to stop the work and keep the starfish, urchins and other animals in place.

On November 25 government officials and contract workers started moving what could be several hundred marine animals from the future site of the man-made beach, which will cost an estimated HK$200 million.

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Not sure if there's a dedicated thread for the Museum of Art renovation, so I'll just dump these photos from yesterday here


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Old December 20th, 2017, 08:33 PM   #2264
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Plan to use idle land held by developers could be short-term answer to Hong Kong’s housing problem
Such plots have often been left unused for long periods because of planning restrictions or lack of infrastructure
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December 19, 2017

Any collaboration between the Hong Kong government and private developers to use privately held idle agricultural land to tackle the housing shortage should be “open, fair and transparent”, government land advisers have warned.

The government-appointed Task Force on Land Supply agreed in a meeting on Tuesday that tapping into the roughly 1,000 hectares of land reserves held by private developers could be a possible short to midterm solution to boost housing supply.

One option would be for the government to form a partnership with private developers to build public or subsidised housing on existing land they already own, the task force said.

The land has often been left idle for long periods of time as a lack of infrastructure and town planning regulations make it difficult for developers to succeed in rezoning it for residential use.

Task force chairman Stanley Wong Yuen-fai said members agreed the government should not offer any financial incentives for developers to construct the homes.

“To safeguard public interest, the government should make sure that we would not give any financial incentives via concession of land premium … the government should [instead] provide incentives via the provision of the necessary infrastructure to make sure that the agricultural land is suitable for conversion into residential developments,” Wong said.

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Old December 21st, 2017, 08:01 PM   #2265
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 05:51 AM   #2266
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Conservationists up in arms as owner plans to tear down Garden Building to make way for offices
An application by bakery group The Garden Company to redevelop its Sham Shui Po headquarters is drawing fire from heritage conservationists
August 27, 2017
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Hong Kong’s conservationists are speaking out against plans by developers to raze the Sham Shui Po corporate headquarters of The Garden Company, the city’s first bakery and confectionery maker that traces its establishment to 1926.

The owner of the building plans to turn the site at 58 Castle Peak Road into a 25-storey commercial and office building, according to redevelopment applications submitted to Hong Kong’s Town Planning Board.

The structure is the latest to come under the wrecking ball, after a sale in May of the first piece of land in downtown Central in 20 years set a world price record for commercial real estate, spurring many Hong Kong landlords to redevelop their existing property to capitalise on soaring prices.

The Garden Company isn’t alone. The owners of the Crowne Plaza and Excelsior Hotel have submitted redevelopment plans to transform their properties into commercial offices in the hope of getting higher returns.

Many technical and planning issues need to be taken into account in the redevelopment of The Garden Building, said Thomas Lam, head of valuation at Knight Frank.

“The redevelopment project is not 100 per cent for offices. It will include areas for teaching or exhibition,” Lam said, estimating that the commercial portion of the project could be sold for between HK$12,000 to HK$15,000 per square foot, or be rented out for between HK$25 to HK$35 per sq ft every month.

The Town Planning Board has received more than 382 comments on the development application, with more than 90 per cent opposed to the plan. Opponents were dissatisfied that the application failed to make any provision for preservation.

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Hong Kong’s nano land site in the New Territories draws interest from small developers
The sale has drawn mainly small developers like Wang On Properties, Chevalier International Holdings and K&K Property
December 22, 2017
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A residential site in Hong Kong’s New Territories, which is equivalent to half the size of a basketball court and the smallest plot offered by a government tender in a decade, has drawn strong response.

The Lands Department said it had received 19 bidders for the lot after the tender closed on Friday. The site is expected to fetch HK$60 million (US$7.69 million) to HK$75 million, or HK$6,500 to HK$8,000 per square foot, according to property consultants.

The sale has mainly drawn bids from small developers such as Wang On Properties, construction firm Chevalier International Holdings and K&K Property, although bigger players like Sino Land and Emperor International Holdings have also thrown their names in the hat.

The lot, in Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui’s San Lok Street, has a site area of about 2,160 sq ft, or less than half of a 4,700 sq ft basketball court.
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Border shopping boxes set for holiday trial
Dec 27, 2017
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Hong Kong's first border shopping outlet, The Boxes, will have a trial run for a day on New Year's Eve.

The public can try out the inflated installations from 1pm to 6pm on December 31 free. The shopping outlet is scheduled to have a soft opening before the Lunar New Year holiday.

Import and export sector lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong, who proposed the project, said the trial run is to gauge public reaction to the mall.

He expects it to draw about 400 people.

"Just yell 'Big Elephant [Wong's nickname] told me to come' then you will be granted free entry," he said jokingly.

The 420,000-square-foot outlet on San Tin Tsuen Road in Yuen Long is only a five-minute walk from the Lok Ma Chau railway station bus terminus.

Wong said half of the 214 stall spaces were still vacant.

"No shops will be open during the trial run on New Year's Eve as most of them are still working on decorations," he added. "We just want children to come and play."

The idea of building the border mall was proposed by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong in 2013, when more than 40 million mainlanders visited the city under the individual visit scheme and the multiple-entry individual visit endorsements.

It was then believed that a border mall could attract tourists who merely wanted to shop here, and so reduce passenger flow in North district.

Wong said earlier that he expected the mall to lure up to 10,000 shoppers a day.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #2269
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Consultant proposes reclamation for Sha Tin
29 Dec 2017
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Opinion is divided as to whether Ma Liu Shui is a suitable site on which to reclaim land for 11,000 flats.

The area was given the thumbs up in a government consultancy study yesterday but residents fear moving more people into the area will only worsen traffic congestion.

The government yesterday published the adviser's feasibility study on Ma Liu Shui, saying a reclamation there was technically feasible.

Sixty hectares could be reclaimed at the opening of the Shing Mun River Channel to build 11,000 flats for 34,100 residents.

Sixty percent would be public housing and the remainder private. The project will provide 88 hectares, with the other 28 hectares coming from the relocation of Sha Tin sewage treatment plant to a cavern.

The report expected only minor ecological impact due to the loss of marine habitats, and recommended building a shoreline to enhance ecological value and biodiversity.

It said that with the implementation of the recommended mitigation measures there would be no adverse air and water quality impact.

On transport infrastructure, the report said all key junctions will operate within capacity during peak hours in the year 2036, and no insurmountable traffic impact is expected due to reclamation.

Liber Research member Chan Kim-ching laughed off the report, saying all options are technically practical, and he said the land plot made available by the relocation of the Sha Tin sewage treatment plant should be prioritized in development.

"The government should utilize idle land or land left after existing facilities are moved away," Chan said. "The plot left after the plant is moved is large and we can construct a public housing estate there."

The vice chairman of the Task Force on Land Supply, Greg Wong Chak-yan, endorsed the reclamation plan, saying the location would be backed with well-established transport infrastructure.

"It's an ideal place because people living there can use the East Rail Line and the Tolo Highway," Wong said.
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Soft launch drawing Hongkongers to border shopping town reflects shift in retail strategy
Outdoor outlet-style mall near checkpoint once targeted mainland visitors
December 31, 2017
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A border shopping town originally intended for mainland shoppers has shifted its retail strategy as hundreds of Hongkongers flocked to the venue for a carnival on New Year’s Eve ahead of its official launch next year.

While shops at the outlet-style mall The Boxes in San Tin – a stone’s throw away from the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint – were expected to open in February, visitors at the event on Sunday mostly voiced optimism the venture would fare well in the long run.

Their optimism was shared by the project’s mastermind, lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong, who was “fully confident” all the unleased shops would soon be snapped up.

This was despite radical changes in Hong Kong’s retail and tourism sectors over the past few years, which saw an initial decline of mainland visitors before the numbers gradually rebounded.

Taking 30 months from planning to completion, the mall consists of 214 shops as well as restaurants and family-friendly entertainment options. It is due to open in February.

As shops raced round the clock to complete renovation works, the venue welcomed its first batch of visitors on Sunday by holding a carnival that featured game booths, a giant inflatable slide and snack stalls.
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The sale has drawn mainly small developers like Wang On Properties, Chevalier International Holdings and K&K Property
December 22, 2017
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A residential site in Hong Kong’s New Territories, which is equivalent to half the size of a basketball court and the smallest plot offered by a government tender in a decade, has drawn strong response.

The Lands Department said it had received 19 bidders for the lot after the tender closed on Friday. The site is expected to fetch HK$60 million (US$7.69 million) to HK$75 million, or HK$6,500 to HK$8,000 per square foot, according to property consultants.

The sale has mainly drawn bids from small developers such as Wang On Properties, construction firm Chevalier International Holdings and K&K Property, although bigger players like Sino Land and Emperor International Holdings have also thrown their names in the hat.

The lot, in Hong Kong’s Sheung Shui’s San Lok Street, has a site area of about 2,160 sq ft, or less than half of a 4,700 sq ft basketball court.
Sheung Shui site tender awarded to Tai Hung Fai for HK$131m
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28 Dec 2017

The tender for Fanling Sheung Shui Town Lot No. 270, a site at San Lok Street in Sheung Shui, has been awarded to the highest tenderer Force Castle, a Tai Hung Fai Group Holdings subsidiary, on a 50-year land grant at a premium of HK$131.3 million, the Lands Department announced today.

The site has an area of about 200.7 square meters and is designated for non-industrial, excluding godown, hotel and petrol filling station, purposes.

The minimum gross floor area is 469 sq m while the maximum gross floor area is 866 sq m.
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A tea house that traces its history back to 128 years ago is now facing an uncertain fate.

Media reported on Wednesday that Lin Heung Tea House, located at Tsang Chiu Ho Building on Wellington Street in Central, may be forced to relocate because the building’s owner intends to demolish it and build a new one in 2019.

In response to an inquiry from Apple Daily, the Chinese restaurant, known for its authentic and traditional Chinese dim sum, said its lease will expire by the second quarter of 2019.

It prefers to renew the lease and remain at the place where it has been operating since 1996, but whether the owner has decided to redevelop the building remains unclear, according to the restaurant. Renegotiation of its lease is expected to take place six months before expiration date, it added.

Founded in Guangzhou in 1889, Lin Heung Tea House opened a branch in Hong Kong in 1918 before adding two more later. It now runs a single outlet in the city.

Popular with both locals and foreign tourists, the restaurant maintains the characteristics of a traditional Chinese tea house, such as serving dim sum on traditional trolleys, asking diners to share the tables, and providing two teacups for each diner, with a bigger one for tea making and a smaller one for drinking.

CSI Properties Limited (00497.HK) paid HK$153 million for ownership of the stores on the ground floor and first floor of the building in which it is located at the end of 2015 before it spent another HK$355 million acquiring more than 30 additional units in September this year. It now controls more than 90 percent of the property.

The company did not respond to media inquiries about reported plans to demolish and redevelop the building.
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5,000 flats could be built on Hong Kong golf course, government study finds
Official release of results by government planners held until a lease policy review is completed, but green activists argue such land should be freed up
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January 7, 2018

More than 5,000 Hong Kong flats can be built on part of a 170-hectare golf course in Fanling, if golfers and authorities holding the land are willing to let go, according to a study by planners, the Post has learned.

The revelation came amid calls for the government to develop housing on some 400 hectares of public land across the city which are rented at cheap rates for private recreation. Advocates are against using scenic and ecologically important space on the fringes of country parks for housing.

Government advisers on land supply will meet in the next two weeks to discuss whether such private recreational sites held by the Home Affairs Bureau should be considered in solving the city’s housing issues.

The latest study, conducted by the Planning Department, found that the eastern part of the golf course comprising a car park and the so-called Old Course could be used to build 5,000 to 6,000 flats, a government source told the Post.

The Post estimated that the area, close to North District Hospital and Ching Ho Estate, would be about 16 hectares, roughly a tenth of the total area of the golf course.
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I hope Hong Kong doesn't end up wiping out all of their good greenspaces because of its major housing issue. I think at least half of the land occupied by the Hong Kong Golf Club should be used for the new flats. The HK Golf Club (I think it's their only major golf club) has 63 holes, so I think 36 holes should be left at the very least because of the new flats (after a major revamp, possibly?).
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I hope Hong Kong doesn't end up wiping out all of their good greenspaces because of its major housing issue. I think at least half of the land occupied by the Hong Kong Golf Club should be used for the new flats. The HK Golf Club (I think it's their only major golf club) has 63 holes, so I think 36 holes should be left at the very least because of the new flats (after a major revamp, possibly?).
They probably had to look at the golf course when there was a public outcry over developing the real country parks!
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Henderson Land has beaten eight rivals to snap up a highly coveted commercial site on Murray Road in Central for HK$23.3 billion, or HK$50,065 per square foot.

That makes it the most expensive property ever sold by the government - and one of the world's most expensive commercial sites.

The price was about 4 percent above the upper range of market valuation. The market had valued the site at about HK$14 billion to HK$22.3 billion, or HK$30,000 to HK$48,000 per sq ft.

The site takes up an area of about 31,000 sq ft, with maximum gross floor area of 465,005 sq ft. Height limit for the site is 190 meters, and a commercial building of some 40 stories can be built.

"We are delighted to have captured this site in Central, and we plan to develop the project into another landmark commercial building following the International Financial Centre," said Henderson Land vice chairman Martin Lee Ka-shing.

Henderson Land, chaired by tycoon Lee Shau-kee, was part of the consortium that developed the commercial site at Hong Kong Station into the iconic IFC.

Henderson Land expects to invest about HK$26 billion on the Murray Road project, and to complete it in 2022.

As the site was previously a multi-story carpark, the developer winning the tender will have to provide more than 100 parking spaces for public use. The area used for carparks will have to be calculated as part of the gross floor area, but if the parking spots are set up in the basement, the developer can apply for the area taken up not to be counted in the gross floor area.
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