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Old May 29th, 2006, 04:48 PM   #181
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so the crime will stop if they build a scraper?
It's not about crime. A lot of the pipes have deteriorated and the interiors require significant renovations to the point where demolition and reconstruction would be more economical. In fact, Hong Kong's public housing estates are very safe compared to the low-income housing in Europe and North America. These are not crime hotbeds at all.
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Old May 29th, 2006, 06:38 PM   #182
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It's not about crime. A lot of the pipes have deteriorated and the interiors require significant renovations to the point where demolition and reconstruction would be more economical. In fact, Hong Kong's public housing estates are very safe compared to the low-income housing in Europe and North America. These are not crime hotbeds at all.
i that about there aint much crime in HK but i thought that the way u described it
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Old June 1st, 2006, 07:05 AM   #183
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A haven for rent refugees
Demand is growing for office space in the industrial district of Kowloon Bay, where firms can more than halve their costs

31 May 2006
South China Morning Post

Kowloon Bay is fast becoming a prime focus in the office leasing market as Hong Kong's towering rents force companies to relocate to cheaper business zones.

Two major new developments - Kerry Properties' Enterprise Square Five and Glorious Sun Enterprises' One Kowloon - had begun pre-leasing activities and were drawing a growing number of rent refugees from a wide range of industries wanting to move into the industrial district, industry players said.

"The main reason for the growing demand for office space in Kowloon Bay is that rents in core business districts are just too expensive at present," said Tom Tong Kwan-ki, an executive director at Kerry's MegaBox Development, part of Enterprise Square Five.

"The new commercial premises in the district are not only filling up the shortage of supply in traditional CBDs, but also helping companies to save more than half of their rent."

Mr Tong said Kerry was now in talks with several anchor tenants who were interested in taking whole floors or multiple floor space in the remaining tower of its new project, with prices averaging about $20 per sq ft.

Potential tenants were in logistics, trading, electronics and shipping, and were located outside Kowloon Bay, including Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay.

Hong Kong was ranked the third most expensive business location among 117 global cities last year, with annual office occupancy costs increasing 61 per cent to US$107.20 per square foot, according to a DTZ Debenham Tie Leung survey.

Hang Seng Bank last week graphically demonstrated the benefits of cost savings by leasing Tower 2 in Kerry Properties' Enterprise Square Five.

The lease is for 15 floors totalling 262,000 square feet for a fixed term of six years, with an option to renew for three years.

The company plans to relocate about 1,600 of its staff from its Hang Seng Building headquarters in Des Voeux Road, Central, by the end of next year. The Hang Seng Building has been sold to Morgan Stanley Real Estate for $2.25 billion.

The bank said it would rent the new office for about $17 per sq ft, 75 per cent lower than the average rent of about $70 per sq ft in Central.

"It is a good move by Hang Seng Bank to lock in those low-cost levels. Rents there are still at a steep discount [compared] to core locations," said Simon Smith, senior director of research and consultancy at Savills (Hong Kong).

"The whole area is undergoing an upgrade. But the problem in the area is arguably its relatively weak internal linkages among buildings compared to somewhere in Island East, which is quite unified by the Swire portfolio."

Kowloon East, which comprises Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong, rapidly followed in the footsteps of Island East by targeting tenants wanting to move from Tsim Sha Tsui to reduce their office rental costs.

The old industrial area is undergoing a commercial makeover and is expected to be Hong Kong's third-largest office market with a supply of 10 million sq ft by 2010, compared with about 5 million sq ft at present, according to Savills' data.

Kerry Properties is part of Kerry Group, the largest shareholder in the SCMP Group, which publishes the South China Morning Post.
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08 May 2006
URA conducts community opinion survey for Sai Yee Street project
URA Press Release

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) today (Monday) conducts an opinion survey in the site boundary as well as the vicinity of Sai Yee Street project in Mong Kok to collect the views of affected owners, tenants and the community at large on the way forward for the project. Sai Yee Street project is one of the 25 projects announced but not commenced by the former Land Development Corporation in 1998.

The survey, undertaken by a survey team of the University of Hong Kong appointed by the URA, is to gauge community aspirations and their preferences for redevelopment and rehabilitation. "Recently, there have already been diverse views voiced within the community on the subject of whether redevelopment or rehabilitation should be adopted as the mode for this area's renewal," a spokesperson for the URA said.

"Those advocating building rehabilitation say that it is a practical way to retain the local character, social network and the economic vibrancy of the area," he said.

"However, many domestic residents living on the upper floors of the buildings concerned consider that they have already been waiting too long for redevelopment to improve their deplorable living environment."

"We remain open-minded on the mode of renewal for the area and we want to first listen carefully to what people there have to say about it. The community survey will therefore provide us with useful and objective information for further deliberations on the project", the spokesperson said.

During the survey, the URA aims to collect the views of owners and occupiers on their preferences for the mode of renewal.

"With the consent of the owners concerned, the Authority would also like to conduct a building conditions assessment on the viability of the rehabilitation option," he said.

Apart from the questionnaire survey, the team will also conduct public forums and focus group meetings with the interested parties to collect their views on the implementation approach of the project.

Beginning today, survey team members with identity cards issued by the HKU will visit the affected owners and tenants residents within the project area. It is estimated to last for about three weeks.

"We would like to seek the co-operation of the affected owners and tenants and if they have any enquiries or any doubts about the survey, they can call the URA hotline at 2588 2333," the spokesperson said.
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Old June 4th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #185
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嘉里土瓜灣項目成功闖關
3 June 2006

【明報專訊】嘉里建設發展的土瓜灣旭日街商住項目,在調低物業至49層高及改善通風下,近日獲城規會通過。該項目佔地19,375方呎,可發展總樓面16.7萬方呎,其中住宅部分佔14.8萬方呎,非住宅部分佔約1.9萬方呎,提供256伙。

該項目原發展51層,高155米,但城規會關注到該項目的設計窄長,或出現通風問題,結果嘉里將該項目的發展計劃,調低至49層,高146米,單位平均面積亦由592方呎,下調至570方呎,單位數目增加10伙至256伙。最終城規會在要求發展商改善通風設計的條件下,通過項目申請。

此外,元朗大生圍第104約地段第3719號H分段第1小分段餘段,以及毗連政府土地的低密度住宅項目,因城規會關注恐怕項目影響后海灣的水質,以及在興建交通通道時,或需穿越錦綉花園內的私家路,故最終不獲批准。

西貢蠔涌第244約多個地段和毗連政府土地的綜合住宅發展,亦因未決定項目的出入口位置,以及環保署擔心毗鄰工廠會否還原工業用途的問題,最終亦未能成功闖關。

另外,遠東發展新近購入的埃華街35至43號及大角嘴道88號的興利工廠大廈,申請興建酒店,地盤面積5528方呎,可發展成66,336方呎樓面的24層高酒店,提供約299間房間。
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Old June 10th, 2006, 09:44 PM   #186
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Merton defaults trigger concern
9 June 2006
Hong Kong Standard

The forfeiture of more than 20 flat deals at The Merton, a New World Development and Urban Renewal Authority project in Western district, has sparked concern that payment defaults may grow if highly geared buyers walk away from their purchases amid bearish market prospects.

Nearly 90 percent of the 1,182 apartments at The Merton were pre-sold early last year at prices ranging between HK$6,000 and HK$7,000 per square foot ahead of project completion by the end of last year.

The developers have decided to cancel the sales and purchase agreements of the buyers who were unable to complete their deals, the URA confirmed Thursday with Sing Tao Daily, sister paper of The Standard.

The buyers have forfeited their deposits of 15 percent of the flat value.

Prevailing price levels for The Merton flats in the secondary market range from HK$4,000 to HK$5,000 psf, prompting some buyers, including those speculators who purchased the uncompleted flats last year, to give up the deals to minimize their losses, real estate agents said.

The developers intend to resell the more than 20 defaulted flats, together with the remaining 160 apartments at The Merton for sale in the third quarter of this year.

The selling price will depend on market conditions.

Industry observers see potential for defaults at other residential projects that are ready for occupancy later this year as fears of higher interest rates hang over the property market.

Even so, a repeat of the mass defaults of 1998 during the Asian financial crisis, when hundreds of buyers walked away from deposits, is unlikely, they said. A dozen or so defaults would not have a significant effect on the home market because there are thousands of residential property transactions a month, they added.

Cheung Kong (Holdings) said earlier that no forfeited flat deals were recorded in its Caribbean Coast development in Tung Chung.
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Old July 6th, 2006, 07:05 AM   #187
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Historic site fuels guessing game among residents
Speculation mounts on what K Wah will develop at the location of a 100-year-old pawn shop at Johnston Road

5 July 2006
South China Morning Post

The guessing game among Wan Chai residents about the future of a 100-year-old pawn shop and several pre-war houses is heating up, with speculation the historic site could become a resident club, a museum or even a theme restaurant.

Two years ago, mid-tier property developer K Wah International Holdings outbid 13 competitors to secure the tender for the Johnston Road redevelopment project offered by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

A special requirement of the tender is the conservation of five pre-war buildings of historic value, one of which is the pawn shop, built more than 100 years ago.

A spokesman for the authority said it was the first project to incorporate heritage design considerations.

The site, in Johnston Road at its junction with Ship Street, will be redeveloped into a 190,000 square foot residential space - equal to 381 units - and about 28,000 square feet of retail area when completed next year.

Pang Shui-kee, the managing director of surveyors S K Pang, believes the conservation work could cost as much as 20 per cent to 30 per cent more than ordinary equivalent projects.

He said construction costs for conventional residential projects averaged $1,000 per square foot, but those that required the renovation of existing historical buildings came at a premium.

Variation in costs, he said, depended on the type of preservation required - for instance, whether the developer only required the retention of the façade or whether the whole property, inclusive of internal fittings such as staircases, was to be preserved.

In order to comply with current development safety requirements, he said the developer would have to spend extra to upgrade historical buildings to bring it up to commercial use standards.

"The developer has to install sprinklers, water tanks, and may even need to assess the loading and unloading capacity of historical buildings-cum-commercial premises as they will attract more visitors," he said.

"It will not have a significant impact on the developer's profitability as the historical buildings [at Johnston Road] that need to preserved are not big in scale."

Alnwick Chan, executive director at Knight Frank Petty, said the developer would need to alter the layout as the protection of the historic building was of paramount concern during the construction.

"After leaving the historical buildings untouched there, the shape of the site is long and narrow so it is not easy to come up with a layout with a higher efficiency," he said.

Mr Chan said he believed the residential development would favour single people who prefer studio flats with open kitchen plans.

"The design will also maximise the floor area for each apartment," he said.

Unit size could still range from a relatively generous 600 to 700 square feet each, he said.

K Wah declined to comment, saying it was inappropriate to release details at this stage.

Mr Chan said the existing pawn shop and shop houses could be used as the entrance to the retail levels, creating a modern estate that could blend harmoniously with the historical structure.

One of the historical buildings is a four-storey tenement house, comprising three retail houses, which was built in 1930s.

The building, which is located at 18 Ship Street, has been identified by the Antiquities and Monuments Office as a grade II historical building.

A spokesman for the Urban Redevelopment Authority said future redevelopment projects to target the protection of historical buildings included heritage properties on Lee Tung Street, Mallory Street and Burrows Street.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 05:13 PM   #188
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Motion to spare 'city lung' fails
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6 July 2006
Hong Kong Standard

A motion to protect Government Hill from commercial development was voted down by the Legislative Council Wednesday despite strong support from the two pan-democratic parties.

Introduced by the Democratic Party's Fred Li Wah-ming, the motion called on the administration to preserve the four-hectare historical site at Lower Albert Road as a ``city lung'' by prohibiting any commercial use while converting part of the site into a museum. After surveying more than 600 members of the public last week, the party found that only 8 percent supported the commercial development of the site, Li said. Forty-four percent wanted to see the site preserved as a historical monument.

``Building high-rises at the site would create an eyesore and worsen traffic congestion and pollution in the area,'' Li said. ``There are more losses than gains.''

The motion came less than two weeks after the Democratic Party supported the HK$5.2 billion Tamar development project, despite the government's refusal to reveal plans for the existing headquarters _ a fact that fellow pan-democrats from the Civic Party were quick to point out at Wednesday's meeting.

``The Government Hill issue is related to Tamar. There was a chance of success when we still held the purse strings, but now the government is free to do anything it wants,'' said Civic Party's Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.

Independent lawmakers Kwok Ka- ki and Leung Yiu-chong, who both aligned with the newly formed Civic Party leading up to the Tamar vote, were less subtle in blaming the Democrats.

Kwok reminded legislators that the party, which originally vowed to oppose the Tamar project unless the government disclosed its plans for Government Hill, changed its stance after officials promised to preserve an old Burmese rosewood tree at the site.

Leung questioned the party's timing in introducing the motion, saying he had little hope the government would respond positively.

``The motion comes too late. We should have talked about this before Tamar, when it would have made some difference,'' he said. ``Now [the government] won't listen to us.''

Despite the nearly three hours of debate and finger-pointing, the Civic Party and independent lawmakers banded together to support the motion, helping to pass the vote 15-1 in the pan- democratic-dominated geographical constituency.

Even ``Long Hair'' Leung Kwok- hung, who said he was hesitant to participate because he sensed the motion involved ``political transactions and compromises,'' voted in favor of the motion.

However, unyielding opposition from the three other pro-Tamar parties _ Alliance, Liberal Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong _ saw the motion voted down 8-12 in the functional constituency side.

Li blamed the Liberal Party's ``single-minded concern with money'' for the failure of the motion.

Responding to the accusations against his own party, Li maintained the party never saw Tamar and Government Hill as related issues.

He said the party introduced the motion simply to ``follow up on a sort of promise'' by the government not to develop the site.

He dismissed the Civic Party's suggestion that his motion came too late, saying he felt there was still ample time for public consultation before the Tamar project is completed in 2010.
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Kwun Tong facelift to go on display
21 July 2006
South China Morning Post

Kwun Tong residents will next month be shown three models of how the area could look after redevelopment in what the Urban Renewal Authority calls an exercise in community participation.

Billy Lam Chung-lun, the authority's managing director, yesterday said the authority would hire an independent institute to survey the views of the residents and businesses about the three proposals.

"Community participation tops our agenda in this redevelopment project," Mr Lam said at a meeting of the Kwun Tong District Council.

"We hope there will be a mainstream opinion on how the redevelopment should go ahead after the consultation."

The redevelopment project in the rundown former factory area, the authority's biggest, will cost $25 billion and take more than 10 years.

Affecting 23 buildings and 1,635 property rights, it was announced in early 1998 by the dissolved Land Development Corporation. It was passed on to the authority after it was set up three years later.

The 5.3 hectare project includes Yuet Wah Street bus terminal and the area bordered by Hip Wo Street, Mut Wah Street, Hong Ning Road and Kwun Tong Road.

Mr Lam told district councillors the authority would follow four principles - community participation, phased redevelopment, financial viability and capping compensation at the equivalent of a seven-year-old building in the same neighbourhood.

Lau Wai-chung, chairman of the Alliance of Kwun Tong's Urban Renewal, said they wanted the project to start as soon as possible.
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Housing Society denies threats to widow, 85
30 July 2006
South China Morning Post

The Housing Society has denied threatening an 85-year old widow with jail and a fine of $100 a day if she does not clear out of her residence in an urban renewal zone in Shamshuipo.

The Sunday Morning Post reported last week that Leung Kwai owns an illegal structure on a roof in the Un Chau Street renewal zone where she has been living for more than 40 years.

She had been threatened by a Mr Lee from the Housing Society if she refused to leave by the end of next month.

Ms Leung is not entitled to public or temporary housing as she owns a small unit that she rents out in Mongkok. But the lease runs out next June, and until then she would have nowhere else to stay.

A Housing Society spokeswoman said the penalty had been "explained" to Ms Leung when she agreed to a $14,000 compensation package in March, which may have been misunderstood as a threat.

"The difference [between an explanation and a threat] is in the tone of voice. We just informed Ms Leung we have this penalty for those who have agreed to the compensation then refuse to move. We have the right to explain that policy. Jail was never mentioned," she said.

She added that the Housing Society had been working with social workers to provide Ms Leung with counselling and practical assistance in finding a new flat.

Social workers also helped her draft a letter to the Housing Society asking for a deferment to vacate her premises, which was granted until the end of October.

But Ms Leung was adamant the threat of both jail and a fine had been made when she met Mr Lee, and she had never heard of any such penalty when she agreed to the compensation in March.

"It is easy for them to say I am old and confused," she said.

"I may be a little deaf but I don't have Alzheimer's disease."

She claimed Mr Lee had visited her again last week and had told her not to bother speaking to "gweilo reporters".

The response from the Housing Society did not sit well with members of the Shamshuipo District Council's panel dealing with urban renewal problems, which convened last Thursday to discuss Ms Leung's plight.

District councillor and panel chairman Leung Yau-fong criticised the officers.

"Lo Lin-fat [officer in charge of the Un Chau Street Urban Renewal] initially denied any of the comments were made," he said. "When we asked them how he knew, he just said he had asked his officer and he believed him.

"He hasn't even been to see Ms Leung. There has been no investigation, no impartial judgment.

"Then there is the fact that this penalty exists, which we [panel members] didn't even know about. If we don't know, how could Ms Leung possibly know?"

The panel has asked the Housing Society to investigate, produce a report on the handling of the case and to set up an impartial mechanism for handling complaints.
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Urban renewal ultimatum for shops
Get out or face legal action, Housing Society threatens

29 July 2006
South China Morning Post

Housing Society lawyers yesterday sent letters to shop tenants in the Un Chau Street urban renewal zone in Shamshuipo, warning them to leave by the end of next month or face legal action.

Twenty letters were hand delivered to worried shopkeepers still negotiating a compensation package for vacating their shops before the buildings are demolished.

"I was so scared to receive the letter," said Chau Ping-kwong, 56, who has rented his garage in Un Chau Street for 30 years.

"I don't know what to do. We haven't even managed to find a new store. Everyone is worried about the lawyers.

"I haven't been able to find anywhere in Shamshuipo with enough space and where I could afford the rent.

"The Housing Society is only offering $540,000 for the shop and the flat, but I have to buy new machines and pay for renovations, and if I have to move I will lose all my customers and have to start over again. It would be very difficult."

Wong Nai-chung, 48, who sells decorative Chinese signs called pai lau, was forced to move his shop only six years ago during the redevelopment of the nearby Un Chau Street Estate. He said he felt the renewal of Shamshuipo was forcing him out the district.

"I was so happy when I found this shop to move into last time around. The place is big and the rent cheap, so I was relieved," Mr Wong said. "Now I can't find a new place and I don't know what to do. I don't know how to calculate the costs for moving that the Housing Society is asking for, and the $35,000 they offered is not enough."

Shamshuipo Renewal Concern Group co-ordinator Maggie Chau Yee-mei said the Housing Society moved at a pace to suit itself.

"Those who have handed in their estimates for relocations have not heard back from the Housing Society for nine months," she said.

"Suddenly everyone has to move out in one month. If they are so relaxed about working out compensation, why are they in such a hurry to kick us out."

Ms Chau will hold an emergency meeting with residents next week and plans to complain to the Shamshuipo District Council and the Legislative Council about the Housing Society's conduct.

A Housing Society spokeswoman said the letters were sent to unco-operative tenants.

"We understand the situation for many of the tenants is complicated and the settlements have yet to be agreed on, but they have not been willing to speak to us at all," she said.

"We asked those who were unhappy with the compensation to give us an estimate of what they think it will cost them to relocate their shops. Even though some of them have yet to find a new location, they can provide at least some basic information based on the experience of their neighbours who have had to move."

She added flexibility could be offered for those who returned to the table to restart negotiations.
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That doesn't look too bad ~ I was fearing worse!

That actually looks quite decent.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #197
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市建局擬伙長實重建衙前圍 長實擁八成業權 局方指收購再招標易被控
08月 01日 星期二 05:05AM

【明報專訊】僵持多年的新蒲崗衙前圍村重建計劃有新發展。本報獲悉,市區重建局聽取法律意見後,認為長實已收購村內近八成業權,倘按一貫賠償機制收購對方業權再另行招標,很大機會被控侵佔私廣 告

產及輸掉官司。故市建局正與長實談判,共同合作發展項目,可望2007年3月前達成協議,但要想辦法淡化給予公眾「官商勾結」印象。

一直跟進衙前圍村重建的立法會議員陳婉嫻,批評市建局與長實私下談判合作條件是「官商勾結」。

衙前圍村面積近5萬平方呎,又鄰近九龍塘及啟德新發展區,屬九龍罕有靚地皮。按前土地發展公司推算,土地可發展逾37萬呎住宅樓面,興建648個單位。但多年來市建局就其發展模式一直舉棋不定,主因是長實遠在1982年起已展開收購重建工作,至今已成功收購近八成業權,搶佔談判上風。

爭取合理條件 免被指「益長實」

市建局消息人士透露,經董事局商議後,傾向選擇與長實合作,但此舉定必惹來「官商勾結」、「明益長實」的指摘,現在唯有靠一個比較合理的條件,盡量減少「益人」的感覺。

市建局曾考慮以一般程序,即按「7年樓齡」收購長實業權,然後公開招標項目,並公開表示長實的收購價與小業主無異,避免外界質疑與大財團「官商勾結」。

但事件至最近出現轉捩點,據悉,市建局尋求的法律意見認為,長實遠在前土發公布項目前已展開收購,非一般的「落釘」行為。加上對方擁有大多數業權,若市建局拒絕與對方合作,強行以《收回土地條例》收購對方物業後作獨立招標,很大機會被長實以《基本法》控以侵佔私有產權,市建局敗訴機會亦很高,迫使市建局返回談判桌,與長實「討價還價」。

另一市建局消息人士指,市建局為維護公帑用得其所,須確保合作條件公平合理。但長實開出的條件「很辣」,包括要求「地積比轉移」,即將圍村的部分可發展樓面轉移至鄰近土地。

長實條件「辣」 要求「地積比轉移」

他續指,若長實堅拒接受較低條件,市建局可亮出「尚方寶劍」——收回土地條例,即自行收購餘下業權另謀發展,令長實業權分散成數個「牙籤盤」,損害發展潛力。

消息人士續說,在雙方籌碼相當及「大家都不想拖」的心態下,正付出誠意尋求共識,現時談判進展良好,更有「眉目」在07年3月的市建局目標前達成協議。

目標明年3月達成協議

市建局發言人表示,正積極與項目內擁有多業權的發展商,就不同發展模式進行研究。長實在截稿前未有回覆。

立法會議員陳婉嫻強調,政府應「企硬」立場,先透過社會參與磋商圍村的保育規劃工作,才決定發展方向,不能與長實私下談判。她指,圍村土地上的冷巷全為政府土地,長實只能與市建局合作才能有效發展地盤,故談判王牌仍在政府手上。

逾600年歷史的衙前圍村是市區最後一條圍村,其命運在過去20年可說一波三折。因長實一度以「購一間、拆一間」策略搶購物業,令圍村建築支離破碎,無法保存。

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Old August 6th, 2006, 04:57 PM   #198
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恒基十億奪銅鑼灣兩舊樓
08月 03日 星期四 03:30AM
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核心區大型重建地盤受追捧,恒基剛力壓兩大財團,以十億元奪取銅鑼灣兩幢大型舊樓逾九成業權,由於該兩幢物業極具重建商廈或酒店的價值,預料恒基將引用強收條例一統業權,預計日後將物業作重新發展,若以可建總樓面達二十四萬方呎計算,每方呎樓面地價約四千餘元。

近日成為市場焦點的銅鑼灣告士打道兩幢舊樓金國大廈及國民大廈,逾九成業權於上周二正式截標,合共收到約六份標書,大業主於上周五「篩選」三大財團進入「次輪出價」,連番討價還價之後,昨日有突破性進展。消息人士透露,大業主已選定出價最高的發展商恒基,物業以約十億元成交。

本報昨日致電恒基求證,惟直至截稿時還未聯絡得上,負責標售的第一太平戴維斯發言人則表示,暫時沒有消息公布。另外,本報又聯絡上舊樓大業主之一的關先生,關氏回應,不想談這件事。

不過,消息人士說,六間入標財團於上周首輪出價,只介乎八億至八億五千萬元,與大業主意向價逾十億元有距離。經過一輪討價還價,最終進入次輪出價的三大發展商恒基、長實及南豐,三大發展商都表現得相當積極,經過連番追價,最終由恒基成功購入。

金國大廈、國民大廈坐落於銅鑼灣告士打道、謝斐道、馬師道交界位,佔地一萬六千方呎,現規劃為商住用途,可按地積比率十五倍,重建商廈或酒店,可建總樓面達二十四萬方呎,若以此計,每方呎樓面地價約四千餘元。

消息人士續說,上述該兩幢舊樓可望海景,又是核心區銅鑼灣唯一可供「收購」的大型地盤,所以市場反應理想,截標前多個星期,多家發展商,以至具雄厚實力的財團,都派員親臨現場視察地盤,同時積極研究物業樓契等資料。

一名研究過該盤的發展商表示,上述兩個地盤集得逾九成業權,加上樓齡達四十五年,「有條件」引用強收條例拍賣統一業權。他又指,由於該地盤面向告士打道,加上坐落銅鑼灣,適合重建成甲級寫字樓以至高檔次酒店,再加上大廈外牆以及天台的廣告靚位,物業極具發展潛力。

有測量師指出,據了解,該物業目前尚餘約十個單位業權,市場普遍預料,新買家將會援引強收條例,統一業權才另行重新發展,若果一切順利的話,按照一般程序推算,物業可望在明年首季強制拍賣。

地產界人士指出,現時勾地困難,就算大型發展商也不容易勾地,所以不少發展商為求補充土地儲備,都轉向私人市場,積極出價洽購地皮。當中市區核心地段具重建價值地盤尤其吃香,令一眾舊樓小業主紛紛合併業權放售物業,掀起「合併放售熱潮」。
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Hope that something nice would pop up at that location.
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Hope that something nice would pop up at that location.
Ya, it is in such a valuable location. Hope it will come up with some design.





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