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Old August 9th, 2006, 04:45 AM   #201
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August 8, 2006
Views sought on Kwun Tong facelift

The Urban Renewal Authority is seeking views on the three design concepts for rejuvenating Kwun Tong town centre into a modern and vibrant hub for Kowloon East.

The design themes are:

* Metamorphosis - a simple straightforward design concept that evolves from the traditional town centre to form a new oasis, merging street culture and an enjoyable shopping environment;

* Civic Hub - a civic square is the focal point of the development, aiming to create a quality town centre and to enhance its presence and identity in East Kowloon; and,

* A New Centre for East Kowloon, the Model City of Tomorrow - a new town centre for Kwun Tong and East Kowloon, with a new focus on community life.

The authority's Managing Director Billy Lam said the project, the largest single redevelopment scheme the authority has ever undertaken, covers 5.3 hectares with over 1,600 property interests, affecting 4,500 residents and costing nearly $30 billion. It will take 12 years or more to complete.

Mega project

Noting the mega project is a huge challenge for both the authority and the community, Mr Lam said both parties will work closely. To ensure success, five guiding principles are essential:

* wide public consultation and full community participation in planning and design;

* adopting a creative and visionary design for a modern town centre serving as a model for quality living and as the commercial, transportation, retail and activities hub for East Kowloon;

* phased development to minimise impact and sustain the economic vibrancy of the area;

* understanding and acceptance of the authority's prevailing compensation and rehousing policies by those affected; and,

* prudent financing strategy to ensure the project's financial viability and sustainability.

Comprehensive facilities

The authority's Kwun Tong District Advisory Committee Chairman David Lung said three rounds of consultations have been conducted in the last 18 months.

Emerging from the surveys, committee discussions and the workshop is a consensus that the future town centre should provide comprehensive public facilities, a commercial hub with a landmark building, quality residential space, enlarged open space, culture and recreation facilities, plenty of greenery and an efficient transport interchange.

This round of public consultation, lasting for two months, will begin with a roadshow of the three proposed design models at 71 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong on Thursday. The roadshow will end on August 31 and be staged at 'apm' Office Tower Lobby from September 2 to 9, Tseung Kwan O Metro City Plaza II from September 19 to 20, and Yau Tong Lei Yue Mun Plaza from September 25 to 27.

Reaching out

The authority will brief community groups and conduct opinion surveys at the roadshows and briefing sessions.

It will then form a final proposal based on community feedback, and policy and financial considerations, for submission to the Town Planning Board by the end of March.

The existing town centre was planned and constructed in the early 1960s to serve a mere 60,000 population. Today, Kwun Tong's population has soared to over 600,000.
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Old August 9th, 2006, 04:58 AM   #202
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300億重建觀塘變無煙城
工程為期12年 公布3方案諮詢

2006年8月9日





【明報專訊】市區重建局公布觀塘市中心重建計劃3個構思方案,建議耗資300億元將充斥破舊樓宇的裕民坊重建成「無煙城」,交通總匯採半地下式興建,居民則可在平台上的步行街暢遊,令人車爭路的情絕。高度超越apm商場的地標式商廈,加上逾30萬呎的休憩地帶使該區成為媲美西九文娛區的東九龍新地標。

但市建局指項目需時長達12年,樓市周期波動及高達130億元的收購賠償隨時令只餘32億元現金儲備的市建局「一鋪清袋」,重建期間亦會對居民造成滋擾。因此市建局傾向分期收購賠償減低風險,市建局指倘樓市下跌逾5%,項目便要蝕錢。

空氣流通量料增20%

3個重建方案以「薈萃觀塘」、「躍動都會」及「東九創核心都市新典範」為主題,以不同布局規劃新市中心,但全部方案均建議在5.35公頃的重建範圍內,興建5座住宅大廈,提供2000個單位,以及1至2座的地標式商廈及酒店等。市建局規劃及設計總監馬昭智表示,商業項目將分佈在觀塘道一帶,鄰近地鐵及南面商業區,以成為內區的隔音屏障,住宅大廈則交錯分佈在北面部分,以盡量減低「屏風效應」,預計重建後市中心的空氣流通量可較目前增加20%。

建梯級式平台 確保人車分隔

此外,擬興建的休憩地帶將達30萬平方呎 ( 2.9萬平方米 ),包括一個相當於兩個修頓球場的裕民坊中央廣場,內有人工瀑布、多用途廣場及各式各樣的政府及社區設施。為杜絕現時人車爭路、汽車廢氣污染居民的情,市中心地區將興建一個梯級式的平台,由多條步行街貫穿各區域,車輛及巴士等公共交通則在平台下的半地下式道路及交通總匯行駛,確保人車分隔。

樓市倘跌逾5%蝕本

市建局行政總監林中麟強調,規劃前已進行4輪公眾諮詢,相信方案能反映主流民意,成為未來東九龍的經濟火車頭。但他強調,由於重建項目投資額高達300億元,相當於歷來所有項目的總和,需時達12年,其間樓市波動及龐大利息負擔使發展風險「較為不尋常」。他表示﹕「如果以1元收樓,到招標 ( 出售項目 ) 時樓市跌至9亳半( 即5% ),我們便打平沒有利潤,( 樓市 ) 再跌便要蝕本。」他強調,重建方案地積比率約8倍,內部回報率約6至7%,屬偏低水平,此密度已盡量平衡社會對環保通風的要求,如果密度太低便沒利潤,發展商也不會參與計劃。至於賠償安排,他表示會依照現行「7年樓齡」作賠償標準,並傾向分期收購及重建,以免「居民一夜間走晒」,令市中心變成死城,影響區內活動
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A very good comilation of articles regarding the redevelopment!
But juss a peice of word for the members making post, since so many foreign member visit the threads, could any one of you post picture material like renders, maps etc to tell us where exactly and how much area is being covered in the redevelopment program. It is easy fer ppl from Hong Kong to judge which area is being mentioned but like when im trying to study the redevelopment as a case study, i dont have sufficient idea regarding the site n all. I hope you ppl get my point. Your cooperation will help improve the thread outlook.

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A very good comilation of articles regarding the redevelopment!
But juss a peice of word for the members making post, since so many foreign member visit the threads, could any one of you post picture material like renders, maps etc to tell us where exactly and how much area is being covered in the redevelopment program. It is easy fer ppl from Hong Kong to judge which area is being mentioned but like when im trying to study the redevelopment as a case study, i dont have sufficient idea regarding the site n all. I hope you ppl get my point. Your cooperation will help improve the thread outlook.

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Not a problem. I'll scan the Chinese media for renderings from now on. The English papers emphasize the text but I notice the Chinese papers add more colours and pictures.
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I can't seem to find where the MTR railway is in the above renderings.
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I can't seem to find where the MTR railway is in the above renderings.
The MTR is a block to the south where apm is.
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巧明街全幢工廈標售
08月 09日 星期三 05:05AM

【明報專訊】有廠廈業主趁市建局宣布展開觀塘市中心重建項目,推出對面工業區全幢工廈招標,該工廈位於創紀之城一期、巴士廠後面的巧明街94至96號田氏第二大廈。

物業地盤面積約1.24萬方呎,現樓高9層,總面積約10.7萬方呎,現時出租率處低水平,而地皮可以地積比率12倍重建,可建面積14.9萬方呎,估值約2億元。

地皮若要重建為商廈,要向政府補價,年初開源道79號鱷魚恤大廈 (apm 商場及消防局旁 ) 商業發展接受政府2.74億元的補地價,現擬將之重建為總樓面24萬方呎的寫字樓及商場,每呎補價約1200元。代理行威格斯表示,物業以「現狀」連現有租約及部分交吉形式出售,9月28日截標。
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Fears Kwun Tong may become `isolated' hub
Michael Ng
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Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Urban Renewal Authority should ensure the new Kwun Tong town center is redeveloped in tandem with adjacent districts so that it will not become an isolated regional hub in East Kowloon, Town Planning Board members said.

One member said the authority should make detailed fiscal arrangements to ensure the HK$30 billion redevelopment project, to be spread over 12 years, is not derailed by fluctuations in the economy.

After a long delay, the authority decided Tuesday to go ahead with the redevelopment of the 5.3-hectare site by kicking off a two-month consultation process.

However, in discussing the plans Friday, several Town Planning Board members said the authority should also look at redevelopment plans for the rest of East Kowloon and Tseung Kwan O.

Board member Leung Kong-yui, who is also president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, said the authority should look at the whole area and not just at Kwun Tong town center.

"Since the area is to become Kwun Tong's and East Kowloon's centerpoint, the authority should also study and discuss its linkage with adjacent districts," Leung said.

"We don't want to see the town center become an isolated island."

Another member, Daniel To Boon- man, said that apart from turning Kwun Tong's unpleasant and congested town center into a civic focal point, the authority should do more to ensure a wider flow of pedestrians into and out of the area.

"The Kwun Tong MTR pedestrian flyovers currently take up most of the pedestrian flow in the area," To said.

"As such, there should be pedestrian flyovers connecting the MTR station with other areas to dissipate the flow and prevent chaos should the MTR service be temporarily suspended."

Board member and Kwun Tong district councillor Nelson Chan Wah-yu said it is vital for the authority to consider constructing underground tunnels to divert traffic and ease traffic congestion on Kwun Tong Road.

Authority managing director Billy Lam Chung-lun said the authority has considered the impact the redevelopment will have, including the town center's connectivity. "We will further study and discuss with related authorities such as the Planning Department, Lands Department and Transport Department to see how we can connect the future town center with adjacent community projects and with the outer districts," Lam said.

Board member Raymond Chan Yuk-ming sought an assurance that the project will not be derailed by fluctuations in the economy.

"We cannot be certain that things will remain the same for 12 years and the current estimate of total costs might not be very accurate," Chan said.

"It is vital for the authority to monitor its income and expenditure throughout the length of the project.

"Should it fail to receive the income it expects during the early phases of the development, the entire project could come to a standstill and its completion date could be delayed to 20 years or even longer."

Lam reassured members that while the authority will spend about HK$13 billion on repossessing property, it will remain prudent with its fiscal management.
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Not a problem. I'll scan the Chinese media for renderings from now on. The English papers emphasize the text but I notice the Chinese papers add more colours and pictures.
That will be great. N like i mentioned do mark the areas on a map of the city to which parts these developments refer. Add pix of the existing streetscapes and progress work to update too.Keep up with the good work sir!!
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觀塘重建倡效意大利
08月 28日 星期一 03:00AM



【太陽報專訊】本港寸金尺土,樓宇密度極高,有份為觀塘市中心重建項目「獻計」的資深建築師阮德尊希望,本港應倣效中世紀時的意大利城市,多興建廣場供市民享用。阮建議在裕民坊興建面積相等於四個銅鑼灣時代廣場的社區廣場,又於商業區設立「文化角」予藝術工作者使用,相信亦有助居民建立歸屬感。

阮德尊以「薈萃觀塘」為主題,設計概念包括在市中心建面積五千三百平方米的社區廣場,由於巴士總站以「半地底式」興建,社區廣場可變身為行人街,將空間真正還予居民。

阮德尊更指出,「一個好城市不能只重視商業,而忽略公共空間、文化設施兩方面。」阮以中世紀歐洲為例,當時德國、法國重視興建高聳的哥德式教堂,就像近年本港地產商興建高聳地標建築物,但同時期意大利人會在教堂毗鄰興建廣場及公共建築物,他冀望香港吸取歷史經驗,「因為有空間,才可提升生活質素。」
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尖沙嘴重建 失去記憶舊建築
08月 23日 星期三 03:29AM
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印象中的尖沙嘴,永遠在變。由○二年九鐵尖東站工程,到近年由政府規劃署提出的「尖沙嘴地區改善計畫」、「尖沙嘴海濱長廊美化計畫」,再到由私人發展商展開的東英大廈、凱悅酒店、新世界河內道等重建項目,一幢幢富有特色和人情味的建築物相繼被拆卸,尖沙嘴也由一處充滿人文氣息的地方,變成一處商家必爭的發財地。文﹕Luka 圖﹕星島圖片庫

十九世紀初,尖沙嘴碼頭負責運送東莞一帶的香木,因此被稱為香步頭。至一八八八年開辦天星小輪及一九一○年九廣鐵路正式啟用,尖沙嘴就慢慢繁榮起來,成為香港重要的地標,許多擁有香港早期建築特色的商廈亦可在此找到。只是,活在一個只顧向前走的城市裏,一些古老建築如東英大廈和凱悅酒店等,亦無法逃避被時代淘汰的命運。

香港簡約主義建築代表

東英大廈和凱悅酒店,均建於上世紀六十年代。在此期間,香港進入工商業的高度發展時期,高地價現象亦從此時開始形成。為了減省建築費用,這段期間落成的建築物都傾向簡約,緊貼西方流行的垂直或水平條建築,外形簡潔得像個方盒子。一九六六年落成,樓高十五層的東英大廈就是這時期的代表作。東英大廈原屬何東家族的物業,大廈的名字正是何東與妻子麥秀英的結合。由阮達祖設計的東英大廈,是尖沙嘴最早期的純商業寫字樓,大廈外貌以黑色大理石為主,風格簡單平實,曾被《香港風格》作者胡恩威形容為香港簡約主義建築的代表作。

東英大廈的招牌題字出自國民黨元老張群之手,大廈本身亦與國民黨有密切關係。九七回歸前與國民黨有關的活動很多都在此舉行,過時過節大廈更會高掛中華民國的旗幟。大廈本為何東遺囑內「三不賣」的物業之一,奈何經過三代解封後最終還是以十一億高價售出進行重建。新業主表明重建後的東英大廈將會變身成為全港最高的銀座式商場,而本來鎮守大廈的各大醫務所、舊式時裝店、古怪假髮店、發燒友相機鋪,以至全港最古老的電動扶手梯也就從此消失。

滿載港人回憶

同樣充滿六十年代實用建築特色的五星級大酒店凱悅,亦是一個滿載港人回憶的地方。一九六九年正式在港開業的凱悅酒店,佔地四萬三千五百二十五平方呎,擁有七百二十三間客房,當年開幕的風頭足以媲美香港最老字號的半島酒店。作為凱悅國際酒店集團在海外的第一間連鎖酒店,尖沙嘴凱悅更是香港躋身國際都市的重要標記。七十年代凱悅酒店的的士高Polais是無數大學生的熱門蒲地,與今日的蘭桂坊和蘇豪相似。高級餐廳Hugo's更招待過李小龍、披頭四、安妮公主和一眾港英高官。回想凱悅酒店開幕之時,香港剛經歷了一次大型流感,只可惜捱得過流感及沙士,卻敵不過高地價。縱然不捨,凱悅酒店亦已於去年十二月結業,如今舊貌猶存的就只有一街之隔的辰衝書店。

凱悅酒店一向給人感覺低調,多年來都保持不造作、不浮誇的傳統美德。不過,傳統美德跟不上通貨膨脹,凱悅酒店的大業主決定耗資十億,將凱悅改建成一座樓高三十層,集購物與娛樂於一身的全天候大型商場。商場預期二○○八年落成,屆時連同變了銀座的舊東英大廈,以及翻新了的河內道,我們可能再也認不出這個曾經親切的「老尖」。

一座座富有特色和人情味的建築物相繼被推翻、被拆毀,換來的竟是一個個四季如冰、萬里無晴的冷氣商場,這究竟是市民大眾需要的,還是地產商強加諸我們身上的呢﹖如果建築物承載了一個城市的記憶,那我們的集體回憶肯定已所餘無幾。

■一九七五年的河內道,馬路旁設有一張張木椅供人休息,充滿閒情逸致。

■一九三○年的加連威老道,左邊兩層高的建築物即後來的東英大廈所在地。

■現已拆卸的東英大廈,昔日因診所雲集而被戲稱為醫生大廈。

■尖沙嘴凱悅酒店是香港六十年代另一富建築特色的建築物,可惜亦逃不過被拆卸重建的命運。

編者按﹕觀塘、尖沙嘴、旺角、中環,一個又一個快將拆卸重建的舊區,迎來的似是繁榮的新景象,但當中遺落的人情故事,卻令人緬懷。「文化廊」一連四個星期、逢星期三,刊出以上四個舊區專文,和大家一起去尋找那快將失去的舊區情懷。(刊出日期﹕16/8、23/8、30/8及6/9)

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^ The article talked about how redevelopment in Tsim Sha Tsui has resulted in the loss of several memorable buildings.
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觀塘有潛力發展文化旅遊
09月 04日 星期一 03:30AM

( 星島日報報道 ) 即將展開重建的觀塘市中心,地勢微斜,道路縱橫交錯,被視為發展障礙,但有份參與設計觀塘重建計畫的wdagroup執行董事周蕙禮,卻認為是值得保留的「社區回憶」,建議以地勢特點,發展梯田式的綠化空間。她說,重建後的觀塘如能保存固有的街道文化,有潛力發展成文化旅遊景點。

以「躍動都會」作為觀塘重建主題的wdagroup,其執行董事周蕙禮在接受訪問時坦言,建築師不應每次作規劃設計時,也要抹殺過去,應考慮如何保存「社區回憶」,故她為觀塘重建作設計時,特別保留裕民坊的「一街一道」,且善用重建區地勢微斜的特點,引入梯田式綠化空間,以及提供甚具特色的流水瀑布。

她指出,其發展意念內的「地標」,並非單是與apm高度相若的商業大廈,也包括分布在裕民坊廣場的綠茵「草原」。她說﹕「現時很多新發展區也予人一種很『冷』的感覺,既看不到天,也看不到地,但我們希望後一代也能記得裕民坊昔日是滿布穿穿插插的窄街,而成年人日後重臨故地時,也能憶起往事。這是最簡單的設計,不用作太多的裝飾。」

wda亦建議仿效東京著名的「表心道」,建議日後的一些商業樓宇「拆細」擺放,分布於不同角落。

周蕙禮解釋﹕「雖然樓面面積是一樣,但當每幢大廈拆細擺放時,則可以提供較多的立面面積,方便日後用作外牆廣告空間,提升節日氣氛﹔而每幢大廈日後也可以作獨立租出,各自成為旗艦店,外國有不少運動城就是以這種方法整幢出租。」

另外,wda亦建議在商場引入漸進式的空調系統,在商場與戶外之間提供一個「半冷」區域,除了是響應環保,亦確保市民日後在進出商場時不會感到難以適應溫差。

曾是旅發局成員的周蕙禮認為,若然能夠保存固有的街道文化,並提供綠化「地標」,觀塘市中心日後有潛力開拓為另類文化旅遊景點,「相信不少愛文化旅遊的外國人也有興趣前來一看,了解我們如何成功把一個舊區重新整頓,這就猶如請朋友到自己家裏作客吃飯一樣。」
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旺角重建 後街風情湮滅
08月 30日 星期三 03:29AM
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二○○四年十一月坐落於砵蘭街,象徵市區重建局成功、「破舊立新」的朗豪坊正式落成。除了前特首董建華口中「帶動周邊經濟發展」的豐功偉績外,朗豪坊意味的還包括一系列前土地發展局遺留下來的市區重建項目將破勢推出。旺角,這個給人感覺龍蛇混雜、慾望橫流的地方,是下一個備受爭議的重建地區之一,而它所獨有的後街風情文化也將隨之湮滅。

縱橫交疊的特色街道

旺角這次受重建計畫影響的街道包括洗衣街、奶路臣街及花園街一帶,涉及的樓宇有十四幢,合共四百多個住戶及近二百個業權。雖然計畫尚在諮詢階段,但已引起多方爭論,當中影響最大的就是有波鞋街之稱的「街王」花園街一帶。該處屬旺角的黃金地段,地鋪價值不菲,重建除了需要一筆高昂的收地費外,一條由市場無心插柳經營出來的波鞋街亦有可能隨之湮滅。

回想七十年代初的花園街,一般的街坊茶樓、麻將鋪、老士多,跟其他旺角老街並無分別。直至一九七九年有「波鞋街鋪王」之稱的「允記」遷入該處,花園街才慢慢發展成今日運動店鋪林立的波鞋街。一旦重建計畫如期實行,波鞋街一帶的商戶就要無奈搬遷。即使政府介入干預,結果亦大有可能淪為另一條徒具虛名的雀仔街。

除了波鞋街,旺角區具特色的街道還有很多。比起銅鑼灣的崇光百貨、沙田的新城市廣場,旺角的購物地標不是一座座商場,而是一條條不經政府規劃的人行街道。途人穿梭其中,沒有大型商場的冷氣,沒有省氣省力的行人電梯,可謂是香港最基層的購物體驗。一般商場的店鋪有如倒模,但旺角的街道縱橫交錯,路邊小吃檔就設在女性內衣鋪旁﹔與色情酒店打對面的,竟是一間文化氣息濃厚的二樓書店。身處旺角,各式各樣的人和事都可以互不影響地生存下來,這就是旺角的奇妙之處。

MK的雜亂美學

如果電影能夠確切地反映一個地區的生活面貌,那由王家的《旺角卡門》,到爾冬陞的《旺角黑夜》,反映出的旺角就是徹頭徹尾一處既暴力又浪漫的地方。追溯歷史,旺角的「暴」其實有可尋。在未開發以前,旺角又稱為芒角(一八八○年官方正式改芒角為旺角,取興旺的兆頭),是一條長滿芒草的村落,村民多以務農為生,花園街、西洋菜街和通菜街等街道名稱亦由此而來。後來,旺角成為柴米油鹽、蔬果肉類的集散地,變成各方人馬必爭的「油水地」,煙寮妓院亦應運而生。時至今日,旺角依舊是港九各區擁有最多色情場所,人口最混集,最聲色犬馬的地方。

儘管不少人對旺角嗤之以鼻,並將一些愛擺姿態但老套落後的人或物冠以MK(MK即Mong Kok之簡寫)之貶稱,但大部分香港人都不能跟旺角劃清界。年輕一輩下課先到波鞋街看新款波鞋,再到西洋菜街看漫畫﹔稍有「墨水」的會到各二樓書店掃平書,不然就往一街之隔的信和中心購買另一種更具視覺刺激的「精神」食糧﹔上班族OL們最愛到花園街、女人街搜括平靚正衣飾﹔男士們則繼續尋找其高音甜、中音準、低音勁的絕世Hi-Fi。其實香港的旺角跟日本的下町區有點相似,湯禎兆在《雜踏香港》內指出,日本人對旺角一向有份莫名的親切感,因為旺角跟他們的下町區感覺相近,同樣的雜亂無章、龍蛇混雜,卻又二十四小時都充滿生氣,令人感覺到一個城市的存在。

借吳昊先生的話作結,如果彌敦道、漆咸道、廣東道這些是象徵大都會璀璨的大街文化,那花園街、通菜街、洗衣街這些就是充滿民俗特色的後街文化。後街文化的變遷正是一個都市滄海桑田的歷史見證,它沒有大街的雕飾華麗,不及大街大商場般得體﹔它是由市民大眾的血汗淚水累積而來,它的一切都比由政府強制規劃而來的冰冷大街有情有味得多。

■一九六六年的旺角街頭,人多混雜、行人小販爭路的情況跟現在差不多。

■花園街一帶居民普遍支持重建,希望能藉此改善生活環境。但商鋪租戶強烈反對,認為會影響生計。

■設於橫街陋巷的書店,完全體現旺角的雜亂多元美學。

編者按﹕觀塘、尖沙嘴、旺角、中環,一個又一個快將拆卸重建的舊區,迎來的似是繁榮的新景象,但當中遺落的人情故事,卻令人緬懷。「文化廊」一連四個星期、逢星期三,刊出以上四個舊區專文,和大家一起去尋找那快將失去的舊區情懷。(刊出日期﹕16/8、23/8、30/8及6/9)

  
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Mong Kok plans stymied
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, September 11, 2006

The Urban Renewal Authority has not finalized plans for a Mong Kok redevelopment project due to disagreement among tenants and property owners involved, sources said.

The authority will stage a public consultation by year's end before making a final decision, the sources told Sing Tao Daily, the sister paper of The Standard.

According to a Hong Kong University survey commissioned by the authority on a proposed development in Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, 90 percent of home owners and tenants support redevelopment, while 90 percent of existing shop owners occupying ground floor space prefer rehabilitation.

The study indicated that both redevelopment and rehabilitation will improve the living environment in the district.

The authority will study whether or not to first sell the new shops in the project to existing shop owners if a redevelopment plan is finalized, the sources said.

"However, URA management believes that there will be some technical problems which need to be sorted out first, because the method of selling the new shops to existing owners has some complications." Disagreement is expected over shop owners' possible moves to new premises.

Property owners will be invited to participate in a redevelopment but "some may be afraid about losing money, so they would prefer URA's compensation offers than participation in the project," sources said.
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崇真樓或納入餘樂里重建範圍 若成事 地盤增19%面積
09月 09日 星期六 05:05AM

【明報專訊】城規會宣布,修訂有關市建局上環餘樂里、正街發展計劃範圍,把第三街的崇真樓亦納入重建範圍之內。市建局發言人表示,一般而言,崇真樓樓齡只有29年,而結構不算差,不應納入重建,但表示會尊重城規會的建議。

市建局﹕尊重城規會建議

城規會會就上述建議,接收進一步的申述至06年9月29日,及後城規會委員會再審理,通過後再提交行政會議作核准。

城規會早前就項目接收申述,收到中西區議會食物環境衛生及工務委員會及多名崇真樓住客的意見,建議把崇真樓納入重建範圍。經地政總署及規劃署審閱後,認為崇真樓納入重建範圍內,可令整體佈局更佳,而且擴大地盤後,可直接由第三街通往項目內的休憩用地。

崇真樓共有31個業權、共40戶 ( 包括租戶 )。市建局預計斥資3.57億元重建「餘樂里及正街」項目,原建議範圍包括第三街74至82號、餘樂里1 至21號,地盤面積1.96萬方呎,倘若把崇真樓納入重建範圍後,地盤面積增加3660方呎,至約2.33萬方呎,增幅約19%。

該項目原計劃重建1幢約30層高住宅,提供220個單位,包括住宅樓面約15.57萬方呎。
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