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Old November 2nd, 2006, 02:49 AM   #241
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消息指支持重建及復修洗衣街業權人各半
2006-11-01
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市建局委託港大研究洗衣街重建項目的結果已提交市建局。消息指支持重建和復修的業權人各佔一半。市建局消息人士表示,調查結果令他們陷於兩難,要待下月諮詢區議會才有定案。

有波鞋街之稱的旺角洗衣街的重建項目,被認為是市建局歷來最棘手的項目。樓上的居民等待重建多年,但地舖的商戶就堅持復修,保留波鞋街,讓他們繼續做生意。

應該重建抑或復修,意見紛紜,市建局委託港大調查住戶和商戶的意向。結果顯示,贊成重建和復修的業權人各佔一半,無主流意見。市建局消息人士承認,研究結果令他們陷於兩難。

至於勘察結果就顯示,那些四、五十年樓齡的樓宇,結構安全,沒有即時危險,可以透過復修改善質素。

在那裡住了二十多年的梁婆婆擔心,市建局最終以復修取代重建,讓他們多年來白等一場:「你也看到復修沒有用,看著它變得破爛,我真的看見這間屋就暈了。」

消息人士表示,要到下月諮詢油尖旺區議會後才有最終定案,形容區議會的意見非常關鍵,但區議會表示未有決議:「過去市建局這麼多項目,從未試過在這一階段再徵詢區議會意見...你要區議會給意見,但當我們掌握的資料不全面時,恐怕有任何錯誤,責任會落在區議會身上。」

有市建局董事預期,如果市建局決定不重建,可能會引起訴訟:「政府承諾過、土地發展公司公布過、市建局也公開說過...是重建,沒過說是復修。」

洗衣街重建項目是前土地發展公司留下的項目之一,最遲明年三月開展,但由於居民和商戶未達成共識,項目一直拖延至今。
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 05:50 AM   #242
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Wedding Card Street comes alive with party
Activists boost spirits for appeal against redevelopment

3 November 2006
South China Morning Post

Banquets, mahjong, kite flying and an exhibition filled Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai last night.

Nine activist groups that opposed the Urban Renewal Authority's redevelopment scheme organised the activities to show solidarity with the street's former residents and merchants as they argue their case at the Town Planning Appeal Board.

The appeal hearing, which began on Wednesday and continues today and on November 14, is the former landlords' last chance to preserve part of the street from demolition. They want the board to reconsider an alternative redevelopment plan submitted by about 20 landlords last year.

"We want to seize the opportunity to highlight the absurdity of the current form of urban renewal," said Urban Renewal Monitor member Chu Hoi-dick.

"We hope the appeal board will approve the residents' proposal and create a form of renewal that also takes care of those who want to stay instead of receiving monetary compensation."

Mr Chu said although the authority owned all property rights to Lee Tung Street - nicknamed Wedding Card Street - that fact would not affect the residents' appeal or his group's support of them.

The authority planned to resume the street for redevelopment in 2003, but faced strong resistance from affected residents and merchants.

The three-year battle all but ended last week when the last two remaining landlords sold their properties to the authority.

In February last year, about 20 affected landlords submitted their alternative redevelopment plan to the board.

The plan calls for the preservation of some 1950s and 1960s buildings in the middle section of the street, which would become a pedestrian mall. Under the plan, five 29-storey buildings would be built to provide almost 1,000 flats, with shops on the podium level.

Advocates of the plan said it would balance preservation and development. They also said it would allow those who did not want to move out of the street to stay.

If the former landlords win their appeal, the authority would be forced to consider their plan when redeveloping.

An exhibition of the three-year battle will be moved to Charter Garden in Central this afternoon.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 12:33 PM   #243
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Tai Kok Tsui occupants stand firm
They are taking the Urban Renewal Authority to court in their fight for compensation at market rates
13 November 2006
South China Morning Post

Property owners and tenants in Tai Kok Tsui affected by an Urban Renewal Authority redevelopment project are refusing to move out until they receive what they consider to be reasonable compensation.

Despite a September 14 deadline for their eviction under the scheme, 13 tenants and property owners still live and run businesses in Beech, Pine, Ivy and Anchor Streets.

The authority started to take over the land from 298 households and 167 property owners in the area, a mixture of residential blocks, dock facilities and clusters of workshops, but five owners and six tenants vowed to stay.

"For the remaining occupants, the URA, on behalf of the government, has initiated legal action by issuing writ of summons to recover possession of the premises to facilitate redevelopment," a spokesman for the authority said.

The sides will confront each other in the District Court on November 20.

"We will not leave until we get reasonable compensation," said Tse Ngai-shing, who runs an ironworks in Beech Street. "We are not against redevelopment. We just want to fight for fair compensation, a compensation plan that will allow us to resettle and continue doing our own business.

"We know our chance of winning the court case is slim, but we hope our case will arouse public attention to the issue."

The URA offered HK$3.19 million compensation for his 700 sq ft property, but a private evaluation rates his shop at HK$5.85 million.

"I do not care about the money. I simply want to continue my business, to have a shop nearby," Mr Tse said, adding that old neighbours were his main clients. "If I move out of this area, I will lose many of my loyal customers and the risk to my business will increase enormously."

The owners and tenants were seeking help from lawmakers who promised to raise the matter in the Legislative Council and start discussions on the issue as they hope the government will review its policy.

"Redevelopment causes the same problems in every district," Mr Tse said. "We will not be able to benefit from any policy change or review. It will take ages for legal matters to be completed. We just hope that our cases can be lessons for the government and others."

Frontier legislator Leung Yiu-chung, who is helping the remaining occupants, urged the sides to sit down and talk.

"They have been writing to each other only. The two parties simply have not had the chance to understand each others' problems as well as the practical situation."

Mr Leung said it was normal for such occupants to struggle to find other shops to run their businesses at a reasonable price.

"Because people affected by redevelopment projects suddenly all come out to find a place in the same district, prices will of course go up. Some people even push the prices higher for speculation."

Meanwhile, the URA said a mechanism was available under the Lands Resumption Ordinance by which people could claim compensation.

"Negotiation on the statutory compensation is ongoing and will continue even after the clearance action. We will endeavour to continue our negotiation for a peaceful settlement," the URA spokesman said.

It will be the second time that the authority and people affected by its redevelopment projects have faced each other in court.

In March 2004, two tenants in Sham Shui Po were ordered to move by the court under the Lands Resumption Ordinance as they refused to move out of their shops in Fuk Wing Street.
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觀塘重建 市民盼增休憩設施
11月 30日 星期四 05:05AM

【明報專訊】市區重建局訪問了逾1600名曾參觀觀塘市中心重建規劃展覽的市民,發現九成受訪者要求重建以增加空間及休憩用地為主題,並增添圖書館和社區會堂等社區設施。市建局稱,將3個由建築廣 告

顧問提交的方案優點「3合1」,成為第4個最後方案,明年3月底前提交城規會審議。

3個重建方案的地積比率約8倍,調查顯示,受訪者對有關密度的可接受程度為72.8%,當中對「都市新典範」的整體設計接受程度最高,有83.4%。市建局已選出該設計的建築顧問,負責歸納公眾意見,修訂最後設計。

市建局發言人相信,大多數人接受3個設計方案,但沒有一個方案十全十美,稍後將詳細考慮優化、休憩用地和行人通道等設計,及保持交通總匯的空氣質素等問題。
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紅十字會金鐘申建總部被拒
11月 25日 星期六 05:05AM

【明報專訊】香港紅十字會申請在金鐘龍匯道(中信大廈以東)重建29層高的新總部,城規會昨審核該申請,仍決定拒絕,新總部樓高由現時的3層大增至29層,但七成會出租以增加紅十字會收入,這方面亦未獲政策局支持。
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Findings of HKU survey on Kwun Tong Town Centre Redevelopment Project : URA's response
11/29/2006
URA Press Release

In response to media inquiries about the release today (Wednesday) of a public consultation report by a research team of the University of Hong Kong on Urban Renewal Authority’s intended redevelopment of the Kwun Tong Town Centre, a spokesperson of the Authority makes the following statement:

"The two-month consultation exercise was a success. Throughout this period, we received numerous positive and constructive comments from different people and organizations of the entire Kwun Tong community. This was in line with our 'full community participation' approach.

The research team of the University of Hong Kong considers the views collected quite comprehensive in nature. Residents are generally aware of the urgency of the project, many in support of comprehensive redevelopment of the town centre. The findings indicate, inter alia, that the three architectural models have all gained majority support in terms of the direction of urban design. None of the proposals is deemed perfect, however. Indeed, all could be improved on, as revealed from the survey findings. For example, usage of public open space, pedestrian connectivity with neighbouring areas, and air quality at the new public transport interchange are issues warranting careful consideration at the detailed planning stage in order for us to meet the community’s aspirations."

The URA spokesperson emphasized that publication of the consultation report in no way signifies the conclusion of the Authority’s community engagement efforts. Indeed, the Authority will continue in earnest to maintain dialogues with residents, the Kwun Tong District Council and professional institutes on various planning issues leading to implementation of the project.

"We fully understand that the affected residents and the community at large would like us to proceed with the project as soon as possible. In this connection, we have already appointed an architectural consultant to come up with a fourth and final proposal. In so doing, he will have regard to the merits of the three designs on display earlier and the public comments we have received."

"We will work very hard to bring the project to fruition. With the enthusiastic support of the community, our target is to make a statutory submission to the Town Planning Board before the end of March next year."
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LCQ17: Suggestion of replacing parts of Island Eastern Corridor with a tunnel
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Cheung Hok-ming and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (November 29) :

Question:

It has been reported that a member of the Eastern District Council suggested that the Government should explore the feasibility of demolishing the section of Island Eastern Corridor (IEC) between Watson Road and Tin Chiu Street in North Point and replacing it with a tunnel, so as to ameliorate the problems of noise nuisance and obstruction of harbour view caused by this section of IEC, which is very close to residential developments. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it will consider conducting a feasibility study on the above suggestion; if it will, of the timetable and scope of the study; if not, the reasons for that;

(b) whether it has assessed the impact of demolishing the above IEC section on the already very heavy traffic there; and whether it has considered adopting measures to divert the traffic when the relevant works are in progress; and

(c) whether it has assessed the costs of and time required for the relevant projects to demolish the above IEC section and construct in its place a tunnel connecting Central-Wan Chai Bypass and the section of IEC along Taikoo Shing?


Reply :

Madam President,

The Island Eastern Corridor (IEC) forms an integral part of the strategic trunk road along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island with the daily traffic flow exceeding 150,000 vehicles. It plays a highly effective role in east-west traffic circulation on Hong Kong Island. The Administration does not have any plan to demolish the section of IEC between Watson Road and Tin Chiu Street in North Point and reconstruct it in the form of a tunnel.

Compared to viaducts, the design of connecting roads of tunnels is generally more complicated. If the section of IEC between Watson Road and Tin Chiu Street is reconstructed as a tunnel, a new connection point will be required to link it up with the existing road network. With the significant differences in height amongst a tunnel, an at-grade road and a viaduct, a multilevel crisscrossing interchange will be required to connect the IEC with local roads. Such a massive interchange will cause problems including noise nuisance and obstruction of views, etc. Moreover, the existing road safety regulations prohibit changing of lanes inside tunnels. Reconstructing the above section of IEC as a tunnel will affect the function of this strategic trunk road in linking up different areas along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island.

In fact, when the planning for Central-Wan Chai Bypass was under discussion, the Consultant had examined in detail the connection point to the IEC at the eastern end of the Bypass. The Court of Final Appeal has laid down the overriding public need test under the Protection of Harbour Ordinance, which requires that the extent of the proposed reclamation should not go beyond the minimum of that which is required by the overriding need. In order to keep reclamation to the minimum and eliminate any possible impact on the existing traffic along the IEC, the Consultant recommended using a strip of existing land between Watson Road and Oil Street at the waterfront for constructing the eastern tunnel portal of the Bypass and its connection to the IEC. The Sub-committee on Wan Chai Development Phase II Review under the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee discussed in detail the above issues and accepted the Consultant's conclusion at its meetings on March 9 and April 20, 2006. The Consultant also pointed out that the strip of land at the waterfront could not be utilised if the tunnel exit was shifted eastward, including the suggestion to have it shifted to a location east to the ex-North Point Estate site. The extent of reclamation would then increase substantially and fail to satisfy the overriding public need test.

The IEC was fully commissioned in 1989, eight years after the construction work started in 1981 at a capital cost of HK$1.7 billion (in MOD prices) and annual recurrent expenditure of about HK$20 million. Compared to viaducts, in general, the construction period for road tunnels is longer and both the capital and recurrent costs are higher. In view of the design service life for the structure of the IEC is 120 years, reconstructing a section of IEC as a tunnel will create a large quantity of unnecessary construction and demolition materials. It is a waste of social resources and goes against the principle of environmental protection. Moreover, it will be extremely difficult to divert the heavy traffic during the construction period and road users will suffer serious inconvenience.

In view of the above considerations, the Administration does not have any plan at this stage to demolish the section of IEC between Watson Road and Tin Chiu Street in North Point and reconstruct it in the form of a tunnel.
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Court order for renewal zone tenant Housing Society criticised for gardener's forced relocation
4 December 2006
South China Morning Post

The Housing Society has begun summoning to court people within the Un Chau Street renewal zone in Sham Shui Po.

But the first, Poon Sup, a 68-year-old self-employed gardener, said he knew nothing about his eviction under the urban renewal project until he was informed at a residents' meeting two months ago.

Mr Poon received a writ of summons to the District Court on November 9 to explain within 24 days why he had yet to vacate an abandoned stairwell inside the renewal zone, which he has used as a storeroom for his gardening tools since 1983. He lives across the street from the zone, in Castle Peak Road.

Mr Poon said the society had not contacted him since a meeting in October last year when he rejected its compensation offer of HK$46,800. He said it had explained the government was taking back the land but not about a deadline to move out of his storeroom.

"I knew something was happening but I thought the government would get in touch to settle my compensation. Now suddenly I am being taken to court," Mr Poon said.

A Housing Society spokeswoman said the society had lost contact with Mr Poon when he changed his mobile phone number early this year. She said they had continued to send letters to his home address explaining the situation but he had failed to respond.

Mr Poon, who received only a year of education on the mainland before he moved to Hong Kong in 1978, is unable to read and write.

It was only when he saw a sign for a meeting of the Sham Shui Po Renewal Concern Group in late September that he was told he faced legal action. Fellow residents then helped him draft a letter to the Housing Society asking for more time to find a new storeroom.

After sending his letter, Mr Poon said the society had phoned him once at his home, when his wife told them he was at work and gave them his new mobile number. But he said no one had tried to call him since.

Mr Poon, who suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, said he needed a ground-floor space as it would be difficult to move his tools up and down a flight of stairs. "My branch cutters are 10 feet long and my pesticide sprayer is bulky and heavy. I am an old man; I wouldn't be able to manage," he said.

A nearby shopping centre said it would sell him 100 square feet of storage space for HK$680,000, a request he has passed on to the Housing Society. However, he said rather than money he would prefer the society grant him a small ground-floor space on a housing estate nearby.

Maggie Chau Mei-yee, of the Sham Shui Po Renewal Concern Group, criticised the society for reneging on its promise to assist residents needing to find suitable accommodation. She said a social worker had been assigned to Mr Poon only last month, even though he had been unable to read letters and signs about the redevelopment.

The society spokeswoman said it had not sent a social worker earlier because Mr Poon had not asked for one and they did not want to impose. The society had not known Mr Poon was illiterate.

She said it had received Mr Poon's request for HK$680,000 and that it was being assessed by independent surveyors. But the society had issued a writ for Mr Poon because the issues of vacating property and compensation were handled separately.

However, in the face of difficulties they would be willing to grant him an extension, she said.
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Kwun Tong chooses 'City of Tomorrow'
30 November 2006
South China Morning Post

A design dubbed "City of Tomorrow", centred on a 70-storey office and hotel tower, has been selected as the model for redevelopment in Kwun Tong town centre.

The design, by architectural firm Wong & Ouyang, also features widened roads surrounding the 5.3-hectare site and separation of residential blocks to ensure they do not form a wall to block air and sunlight.

The Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday it was the preferred plan of three put up for public consultation and the design contract had been awarded to the firm.

The three shortlisted models for revamping the rundown former industrial area were on display from August to October and the University of Hong Kong was commissioned to survey public opinion.

City of Tomorrow won every category, including visual, design of the landmark building and overall planning.

The plan was criticised for the height of the 280-metre office and hotel tower, but it also provided the biggest open public space.

"There was no consensus on the building height," Dr Law said. "Many said they accepted a trade-off of one very tall building for more open space and greening, while some said it should be lower."

The researchers found the other designs worried the public because of a possible "wall effect". But they liked the dome-shaped community centre of the Civic Hub plan submitted by architectural firm MLA and a waterfall design included in WDA Group's Metamorphosis.

Wong & Ouyang will have to design a new model on the basis of its winning design and views the public expressed during the consultation. It will submit the new model to the Town Planning Board at the end of March.

The firm also has to conduct a traffic-impact assessment, air ventilation test and environmental impact assessment for the design.

The public will have two months to comment on the plan after the board's scrutiny. Approval will then be required from the Chief Executive in Council and the authority will then begin to buy property rights.
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九龍灣EMAX 舖租20至50元; 低租對撼MegaBox 已出租5成
17 November 2006
香港經濟日報

九龍灣商場搶客戰進入白熱化階段,正當嘉里(0683)MegaBox招租之際,合和集團(0054)旗下的九龍灣大型購物中心EMAX,雖然明年中才開幕,但示範單位昨日率先開放以吸引租客,舖位呎租由20元至50元不等,較同區MegaBox平。

設保齡球場 首期下月開幕

合和集團助理董事王永霖表示,集團投資6億元改建的大型購物中心EMAX(即九龍展覽中心地庫至6樓),預料回本期為3至4年。而改建後商場部分,目前出租率為5成,舖位呎租由20元至50元不等。他估計待商舖全數租出後,每年的租金收入可以倍增。

據悉,目前的EMAX租務理想,有大型保齡球場租用地下近5萬呎樓面,首期將於下月開幕,保齡球城2期將於07年尾至08年頭啟用。最大客戶為家居用品商,一次過承租5、6樓2層共20萬呎樓面,據悉將會作為一站式的家居博覽館,租期為5至10年。

由於嘉里建設旗下的九龍灣MegaBox商場,預期明年5、6月開幕,現正積極吸納大型租戶。已落實的租戶包括大眾書局,將租用其中約2萬呎樓面作為旗艦店,商場意向呎租屆乎80元至100元。

倡建天橋 商廈互連谷人流

國際展貿中心總經理王世德指與嘉里旗下MegaBox有合作亦有競爭,雙方會合力帶旺九龍灣區的發展,增加區內人流,更建議政府起行人天橋將區內商廈互相連接。

王永霖表示,是次開放場的示範單位,面積約7,000平方呎,花費超過1,000萬元。

王世德則預計,未來每年寫字樓呎價及租金會有15至20%升幅,現時的呎租為10至12元。發展商會投入3,000萬至4,000萬元作宣傳推廣費用。
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07 December 2006
Invitation for Expression of Interest for Queen's Road East Project
URA Press Release

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) will invite real estate developers to submit an expression of interest for the joint development of the Queen's Road East redevelopment project at Nos. 235 – 245 Queen's Road East in Wanchai tomorrow (Friday).

The project covers a site area of about 4,070 square feet and upon completion, is expected to deliver a minimum gross floor area of about 21,250 square feet for residential and commercial use.

Parties interested in the project are requested to indicate their professional competence and financial capability to undertake the development in accordance with the requirements and criteria set by the Authority.

Submissions should be made to the URA Headquarters at 10/F Low Block, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen's Road Central, by 5 pm on 15 December, 2006.

A tender review panel under the URA Board will shortlist qualified parties and invite them to submit a formal tender for the joint development. It is expected that the tender exercise will follow shortly.
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漢國決定重建上環鹽業商廈,拒買家出價2﹒4億元洽購
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漢國置業(0160)旗下上環鹽業商業大廈,正有買家出價近2﹒4億元積極洽購。

就上述消息向漢國置業求證,漢國地產策劃董事總經理馬德瑋指出,一直都有買家出價洽購漢國旗下物業,而上環鹽業商業大廈已決定重建,並已通知大廈內租戶重建事宜。

他指出,位於德輔道中236至242號鹽業商業大廈,地盤面積3000餘平方呎;重建商廈,地積比率達15倍,可建樓面達5萬平方呎。《香港經濟日報》
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Kowloon City Redevelopment





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波鞋街重建明年初收購
10/12/2006
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【 本 報 訊 】 市 區 重 建 局 將 拍 板 重 建 俗 稱 「 波 鞋 街 」 的 旺 角 洗 衣 街 項 目 , 最 遲 明 年 三 月 底 展 開 收 購 , 由 於 地 產 市 道 熾 熱 , 收 購 「 波 鞋 街 」 一 帶 店 舖 費 用 昂 貴 , 預 計 項 目 要 虧 損 三 億 至 九 億 元 。 有 商 戶 指 重 建 會 摧 毀 「 波 鞋 街 」 特 色 , 但 有 苦 候 十 多 年 重 建 的 洗 衣 街 居 民 , 則 欣 喜 可 搬 離 殘 破 不 堪 的 居 所 。

油 尖 旺 區 議 會 本 周 四 召 開 會 議 , 討 論 洗 衣 街 項 目 , 三 名 民 協 區 議 員 將 會 提 出 動 議 支 持 重 建 洗 衣 街 , 據 了 解 , 議 員 們 均 會 支 持 該 動 議 。

七 十 五 歲 的 蕭 杏 與 丈 夫 及 兒 孫 居 於 洗 衣 街 一 幢 逾 四 十 年 樓 齡 舊 樓 , 她 笑 言 ﹕ 「 如 果 重 建 當 然 開 心 , 間 屋 落 雨 漏 水 , 每 日 要 行 八 層 樓 梯 好 辛 苦 ! 」 但 有 人 歡 喜 有 人 愁 , 地 舖 業 主 劉 小 姐 則 稱 : 「 重 建 會 打 爛 商 戶 同 伙 記 飯 碗 , 波 鞋 舖 在 同 區 根 本 無 地 方 可 搬 。 」
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South China Morning Post
December 8, 2006 Friday
Blue House families in final fight to stay

Residents of the historic Blue House in Wan Chai are fighting a last-ditch battle for the right to stay in their homes.

Together with social workers, they mounted a protest yesterday in front of the building on Stone Nullah Lane against the government's redevelopment plan for the area, proposed earlier this year.

"People are the real spirit of this old area," said Laurence Lam Kwok-wai, a senior officer of social welfare group St James' Settlement. "The district will be turned into a soulless place if the government denies their right to stay."

About 30 families live in the Blue House. The government has offered to relocate them to public estates.

"As far as we know, at least one third of the families don't want to move out," Mr Lam said.

The 80-year-old Blue House is one of the last surviving balconied tenements and is listed as a grade-one historical building by the Antiquities Advisory Board.

The government is proposing that the four-storey structure, and the adjacent Yellow House, be refurbished and the nearby Orange House demolished. The Blue House would house a museum of tea and Chinese medicine.

The proposal by the Urban Renewal Authority and the Housing Society will be discussed today by the Town Planning Board.

So Leung, 77, has lived with his wife in the Blue House for three years to be close to his daughter.

"We are too old to be able to adapt to a new place," he said. "The reason that I moved into this flat is because it is near my daughter's home. What will I do if they arrange to have me live in a public house far away?"

A hospital - the first in Wan Chai to provide Chinese medicine to residents - occupied the site of the Blue House in the 19th century. The neighbourhood has a history of involvement in the tea trade.
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Building height may be restricted in North Point Estate redevelopment
11 December 2006
DTZ Asia Property Market Update

The Planning Department revealed that it is in the process of setting building height restrictions for the North Point Estate harbourfront site following its earlier decision to impose a 160 m height limit to the Central Market site and a 120 m limit to the Oil Street site. The department is considering the adoption of a stepped-like design, with buildings being progressively higher from the harbour in order to protect views from other inland properties. With a site area of 624,300 sq ft and allocated for residential development, the plot ratio of the site may be further reduced from 5.0, which, combined with the height limit, may lower the ultimate value of this prestigious site, which is currently valued at over HK$20 billion.

This report is intended as a general guide only. While utmost care has been taken in its preparation and we believe the contents are accurate as at print time, the report does not represent any investment advice. DTZ Debenham Tie Leung Limited or persons involved in the preparation of this report do not give any warranty as to the content or accept any contractual, tortious or other forms of liability for any consequences, loss or damage which may arise resulting from any person acting on or using the statements, information or opinions contained in this report.
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Shek Kip Mei Estate









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項目重建 成雍景海景殺手
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12 December 2006
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位處西半山西摩道4A至P的美麗臺,由於項目位處雍景臺對面,業界坦言,美麗臺重建勢成雍景臺1座的海景殺手,事實上物業招標消息已令雍景臺單位呎價受壓,估計雍景臺有關單位呎價會回落約10%。1座部分單位影響較大
美麗臺日後若落實由發展商購入並重建成高樓,對於雍景臺1座C、D室景觀影響較大,事實上自物業早前積極籌組聯合標售,不少雍景臺1座業主近月已加快出售單位,過去2個月間已有4伙1座C、D單位接連售出,高層呎價介乎9,300至9,852元。

事實上,目前太古地產位於西摩道及衛城道的地盤亦將發展成1座樓高60層高樓,有關地盤將會阻擋雍景臺部分單位景觀,加上現時美麗臺亦有機會獲收購重建,令近年來雍景臺呎價顯著受壓。
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觀塘鱷魚恤重建
12 December 2006

【明報專訊】麗新發展 (0488) 與鱷魚恤 (0122) 旗下的觀塘鱷魚恤商業綜合大樓項目,總樓面約24萬呎,近日已決定將總樓面約一半作寫字樓發展,餘下約12萬呎則作商場及地下商舖發展,較原先只將三分之一樓面作商場為多,反映發展商對區內的商場前景看俏。此外,該集團已與新地 (0016) 同區的apm商場達成共識,興建連接apm商場的天橋,令兩商場的人流互通,達致雙贏局面。

麗新發展執行董事兼行政總裁劉樹仁向本報透露,近日已就該商業項目的重建計劃進行商討,該項目總樓面約 24 萬方呎,由於對商場的前景樂觀,故此將總樓面的一半作寫字樓發展﹔餘下樓面則作商場及地下商舖。

他稱,其中地下商舖將會租予飲食業,寫字樓則作長線收租用途。他又稱,由於該項目將於 2009 年才落成,預計 2010 年才啟用,暫時難以評估屆時的租金收入及租金回報。

與新地達共識建天橋連apm

劉樹仁稱,集團亦已與新地達成共識,於兩個商場間興建接駁天橋﹔集團商場可吸引來自開源道的人流,而apm亦可將地鐵及本身商場內的人流通往集團商場,達到雙贏效果。由於目前只有apm有天橋直接通往觀塘地鐵站,故此透過該條日後落成的接駁天橋,變相將兩個商場變成逾70萬方呎的巨無霸商場。

該項目預計2010年起為集團提供租金收入,現已初部完成拆樓工程,重建項目總投資額約9.5億元。他又指,集團正積極就中環麗嘉酒店重建為寫字樓進行研究,並看好中區甲級商廈市場。
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舊區重建未來大趨勢 與基豪園旺市推
2006 年 12 月 9 日
星島日報

中小型發展商加大有限公司今年主力推售土瓜灣興基豪園,將為樓盤進行新一輪宣傳攻勢,同時指出,從舊區收購物業重新發展,將會是未來的選擇趨勢之一,考慮將旗下打磚砰街用地發展成為新式酒店項目。

近月各大發展商齊推新盤,為樓市帶來暢旺氣氛,中小型發展商亦絕不「執輸」,包括今年以土瓜灣興基豪園為首要項目的加大有限公司,亦將為樓盤進行新一輪宣傳攻勢。加大有限公司發言人嚴王明珠說﹕「興基豪園屬公司本年主要推售項目,現時另持有部分新界區土地儲備,至於位於葵涌區打磚坪街54至56號的工業用地,已向政府申請改變用途,計畫興建酒店,現時尚未就項目申請補地價及具體的發展規劃。」

發展商現時持有不少「收租」物業,包括商廈、住宅及商鋪等類型,嚴王明珠續說,預料明年甲級商廈基於供應量不多,呎價約有1成升幅。至於用作「收租」的多間跑馬地住宅單位,現時租金較去年同期調升10至15%,一般一個700至800方呎的單位,租金達1.5萬至1.8萬元。另一方面,集團不排除未來會朝向舊區發展,收購舊式物業作重建。

入場費逾230萬

今年入伙的興基豪園,住宅部分採2梯2伙形式,地下及1樓另設有商鋪。住宅單位清一色799方呎,提供區內少有的3房間隔,且附設露台及工作平台。嚴王明珠指出﹕「土瓜灣區發展前景不俗,同區新盤銷情亦見理想,為吸引買家,物業呎價較早前輕微調低5%,低層每方呎價2,899元起推售,入場費逾230萬元,現時餘貨約40伙,整體平均呎價則約4,000元。剛開放的全新示範單位,設於28樓A室。」從最新推出的6伙價單顯示,定價最低為5樓A室,每方呎價2,899元﹔至於20樓B室,每方呎價則3,707元。

此外,興基豪園買家現時仍可選用早前推出的2種按揭計畫,包括首2年P-3.15%,其後全期P-2.7%﹔或首3年HIBOR+.5%,其後買家可另轉計畫。此外,發展商仍與銀行商討有關物業的最新按揭計畫。
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