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Old January 31st, 2015, 11:07 AM   #1
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Quarry site may get 1,000 more flats
19 January 2015
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New railway line inspired planners to look into feasibility of adding to the vast housing project in hilly north of Kwun Tong, source says

Another 1,000 flats could be added to the huge Anderson Road quarry development in Sau Mau Ping as part of efforts to meet ambitious housing targets, a government source said.

The housing project at the 86-hectare former quarry was originally designed to house 25,000 residents in some 9,410 flats – 80 per cent of which would be private.

The development is scheduled for completion in four years.

“When the government [in September] announced it would build an MTR station in Sau Mau Ping, next to the quarry, as part of the new East Kowloon Line, it created this opportunity to add more flats,” the source said.

The plan is being scrutinised by the Development Bureau, the source said. Housing density would go up by 20 per cent at most as a result of the additions.

The move is in line with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s appeal in his policy address last week that more land for housing had to be found to meet his target of providing 480,000 new public and private flats in a decade. But a district councillor and an air quality expert had concerns about adding to the quarry site.

The source said: “There aren’t many options for finding new land for housing. We’ve already exhausted our options over the past two years trying to find land for short- and long-term housing.

“What we can do now is speed up [rezoning] and increase the housing density,” the source said, citing the Anderson Road quarry project as an example.

The new 7.8km train line will run along the north Kwun Tong area, linking Diamond Hill with Po Lam in Tseung Kwan O, according to the government’s railway blueprint released last year.

“The line will not only support the residential developments in uphill areas but also reduce the reliance on road-based transport,” the railway development strategy says.

At present, some 300,000 people live in the hilly northern part of Kwun Tong. The population is expected to grow to 380,000 once the quarry project and another development site on Anderson Road below the quarry is completed. The second project will create 18,000 new public rental flats – some of which will be ready to move into this year.

But air quality expert Edward Ng Yan-yung, of Chinese University, warned that adding more apartment blocks to the site could get in the way of the mountain breeze during summer.
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Tycoon to return Hong Kong’s largest quarry site to government for building 10,000 homes
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Tycoon Lui Che-woo, a pioneer in Hong Kong’s quarrying industry who later built his wealth in the property and casino industries, will hand back to the government the city’s largest quarry site to make way for development of nearly 10,000 new apartments.

K. Wah Construction Materials (KWCM), renamed Galaxy Entertainment Group in 2005 and 41.2 per cent owned by Lui – was granted Hong Kong’s first contract quarry rights at Anderson Road, East Kowloon in 1964. The company will give up the quarry when the contract expires at 2pm Wednesday.

The company name change was to reflect the shift in business focus from supplying aggregate and concrete to casino operators to being a casino owner after K Wah bought the Galaxy Casino for more than HK$18 billion in 2005.

Lui, ranked by Forbes magazine as Hong Kong’s sixth-richest man this year, saw his wealth increase 50 per cent to US$15.2 billion since 2016, thanks largely to a recovery in casino revenue.

“In the past 53 years, the Anderson Road quarry has supplied rocks and aggregate for nearly one-third of the city’s construction industry and infrastructure projects,” said Lui. These included Kai Tak International Airport and the Hung Hom Cross Harbour Tunnel in the 1970s, and more recently the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the high-speed train project, and the Shatin-Central Link.

The quarry has produced an estimated 100 million tonnes of rocks and aggregate for construction.

“I’m very pleased to see the quarry will be transformed into housing projects to accommodate 10,000 people,” Lui said. “This big parcel of land has a spectacular view over Tsimshatsui and Lei Yue Mun, views of the mountains and the sea.”
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