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Old December 15th, 2006, 04:55 AM   #261
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市建局大道東項目今截意向
15 December 2006
星島日報

團所有, 未經星島集團書面批准, 不得轉載或作其他用途 。

市建局皇后大道東項目將於今日截意向,消息指,項目大有機會於年底前推出﹔除兩鐵一局的項目外,本年度勾地表中兩幅焦點地︰北角油街及荷李活地皮亦已先後於區議會作出討論,其中油街最新規劃方案,東區區議會不表反對。

規劃署表示會把意見向城規會反映,稍後會把發展參數寫入賣地條款中。

市建局本年度首個推出、位於灣仔皇后大道東的物業發展項目今日截意向,多家發展商相繼均表示興趣,其中俊和及嘉華早前已表示會遞交意向書,消息指,大有機會於年底前推出。

油街規劃區議會無反對

業界人士指,鑑於本年鮮有細型項目推出,加上灣仔區近年亦獲發展商積極發展,料項目將吸引多家發展商表示興趣。

另一方面,昨日東區區議會討論北角油街地王的最新規劃大綱,會上多名議員均表示規劃署已就區議會的意見作出規劃上的改動,最新的規劃方案已平衡各方的利益,未有作出反對。

規劃署總城市規劃師李志苗指,該個規劃方案中物業高度符合港島由西至東遞減的原則,而規劃署正進行空氣流通評估以確定有關的設計要求,以納入最後的規劃大綱,稍後有關方面亦會把發展參數寫入賣地條款中。

另一邊廂,毗鄰油街地皮、恒基旗下的京華道項目則作出覆核申請,要求以主水平基準以上一百六十五米發展。
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Old December 16th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #262
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恆地北角亞洲凍倉重建遭否決,申請覆檢力爭高地積比建商廈
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12月 15日 星期五 08:30AM

北角油街地王發展規劃「縮水」,比鄰恆地旗下的亞洲凍倉舊址重建項目亦受拖累,早前擬建1幢43層高的寫字樓的計劃,因密度過高遭城規會否決,近日發展商向城規會申請覆檢,力爭於該地以地積比率15倍作商業發展。
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Old December 17th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #263
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議員促效柏林圍牆 團體倡當雕塑展覽
12月 17日 星期日 05:05AM

【明報專訊】舊鐘樓不用作重建,可用來幹什麼?立法會議員郭家麒認為,可參考柏林圍牆,把拆下的石塊賣給遊客及市民作紀念,同時亦可為慈善機構籌款。香港建築師學會副會長吳永順則認為,可將之放在未來的海濱公園作「雕塑」展覽。

柏林圍牆是冷戰時代的標誌建築,當時東柏林屬於共產主義的東德,西柏林屬於資本主義的西德,大批東德人為逃避共產統治,紛紛逃到西德。為防人才資金流失,東德政府於1961年在市內築起圍牆;有東德人攀越圍牆時被軍人開槍擊斃,圍牆逐漸被視為共產極權統治的象徵。

隨冷戰結束,控制東德的蘇聯國勢日衰,1989年東德政府宣布柏林市民可自由出入東西方,全市人民紛紛湧到圍牆慶祝、與同胞團聚,並自發拆圍牆。國民為紀念這歷史時刻,都收藏起牆壁的磚瓦碎塊,東西德翌年正式統一。現時柏林圍牆仍有一小段保留,成為歷史遺蹟及旅遊熱點。
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Old December 20th, 2006, 06:09 AM   #264
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Here is one a redevelopment project in Yau Tong :

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Old January 3rd, 2007, 05:10 AM   #265
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Residents facing court for refusing to move out
3 January 2007
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A handful of shop owners and tenants in Tai Kok Tsui will be taken to court by the Urban Renewal Authority for refusing to surrender their properties for redevelopment.

But the owners yesterday said legal action was aimed at coercing them into accepting a compensation rate that was much lower than the market value of the properties.

Buildings in Beech Street, Pine Street, Ivy Street and Anchor Street became government properties in May last year when the authority secured about 90 per cent of the land ownership. The deadline for the residents to move out was September 15 last year.

Grocery store owner Leung Kwok-ping, 50, said he received a summons issued by the Urban Renewal Authority to appear at the District Court in February for failing to return a government-owned property.

"The authorities decided to take us to court after we refused to accept the compensation they offered," Mr Leung said.

"But the amount of money they are giving is 50 per cent less than what my surveyor has quoted me. The Urban Renewal Authority is just using its legal power to kick us out and shut us up."

Four other shop owners and seven tenants of other properties located in the district have also received summonses.

Mr Leung, who has run his business in the district for 20 years, said his 1,000 sq ft shop was valued by the authority at HK$2 million, but a surveyor he hired said it could be worth about HK$4 million. He said he did not apply for legal aid to help him with the case because of "insufficient evidence".

But Mr Leung said he remained determined to stay on at his shop, even if the authority threatened him with court action.

"I won't give in until I receive a reasonable compensation."

The remaining shop owners and tenants staged a roadside play in one of the affected streets yesterday to express their anger at the move.

A spokesman for the Urban Renewal Authority said the buildings in the affected areas had reverted to being government properties since May last year and it was normal procedure under the Lands Resumption Ordinance to take the owners and tenants to court if they refused to move out.

A total of 298 households and 167 property owners are affected by the redevelopment project. More than 90 per cent of them have accepted the compensation offers.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #266
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End of an era for Tai Kok Tsui locals
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, January 29, 2007

The curtain has finally come down on a run-down area of Tai Kok Tsui - famous for its caged homes, metal workshops and ramshackle grocery stores - with clearance teams set to evict the last tenants to make way for a HK$1.4 billion residential and shopping mall complex.

The massive facelift for the 25,000-square-foot Kowloon site, bounded by Pine and Anchor streets, is being undertaken by the Urban Renewal Authority under the Lands Resumption Ordinance for redevelopment. It will be resumed along with another site of about 23,000 sqft, bounded by Larch and Fir streets.

The 167 business operators and some 220 tenants of Pine and Anchor streets have fought a long and tiring battle with the government in an effort to stay put, but lost after the Lands Tribunal ruled in favor of the project amid a bitter row over compensation.

Tai Kok Tsui may be a Hong Kong district that is unappealing to many. As Professor Ho Pui-yin of the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Department of History put it, it is an area "that gives people a cramped-up and messy feeling" and "people don't want this side of Hong Kong to be left."

The metal workshops, watch-repair masters, dilapidated grocery stores and everything else that is "so Tai Kok Tsui" will soon be a thing of the past. On completion, the Pine/Anchor Street redevelopment project will offer 250 flats for about 1,500 people, and some 4,000 sqft of open space.

But the district's history will probably not be forgotten - bits and pie
ces of its narrow streets are woven into a collective memory shared by residents who have lived and worked there for decades.

The Standard talked to some of the residents who shared their nostalgia for the district before the local people and the old buildings vanish.

"Most Hong Kong residents learned about Tai Kok Tsui from the McDull comic series based on this interesting geographical location," said Lam Kit, an instructor with the Chinese University's sociology department who has lived there since his kindergarten days.

The famous McDull cartoon, which features two piglets, addresses local grassroots sentiment by making references to Tai Kok Tsui's culture and serious social problems - including poverty, single motherhood and new migrants from the mainland - that characterize the area.

"From the postwar period until the end of the 1980s, Tai Kok Tsui was left out of Kowloon's major development program," Lam recalled.

There were no public housing estates, post offices or library, and social networks in the area were loose, Lam said.

"But things gradually took shape here ... the local economy and community soon developed themselves because the district adopted its own way of life," he added.

The working class loved the area for its low housing rents and convenient location. At the height of the influx from the mainland, Tai Kok Tsui offered a vast network of caged homes, or bed- sized apartments, accommodating thousands of young single males who had crossed the border.

According to Home Affairs Department statistics, there were about 180 apartments with bed-sized rooms accommodating more than 4,000 residents in 1991, although no one can really put an accurate figure on the caged home population.

Even today, scattered caged homes can still be found on Tai Kok Tsui's Fok Tsuen Street.

At the peak of Hong Kong's "secondary industry" boom, Tai Kok Tsui was the hub for workshops selling metal for construction use. However, as more factories have relocated to the mainland in the face of tough competition, most of these workshops have switched to providing simple metal items, such as gates, hanging racks or water pipes and other things for the home renovation business.

Wong Kam-fai, 47, who has been in metal trading for more than a decade, pays a monthly rent of HK$8,000 for a shop with a 4.3-meter high ceiling that enabled him to build an office above the workshop.

Wong has moved several times in the area, but, in the coming few months, it will be his final exit as the URA's huge clearance operation gets into full swing.

According to Wong, the metal workshops operated as a network and depended on each other to attract customers to the area and to supplement their businesses. He fears that, even if he can afford to relocate to a new place in future, it would be difficult to get business as the interdependence would be lost.

Around the corner, 57-year-old Wong Chun fixes watches and cuts keys to support a family of three in a narrow 60 sqft side shop on Beech Street.

Wong, who has more than 30 years experience in the trade, picked up the art from his dad when he was a teenager. He arrived in Hong Kong from Guangzhou when he was 27, and now has a daughter at university.

Like others awaiting the same fate, Wong will have to relocate his shop if he is to start his business again, but fears he may not be able to afford to.

"People of my age can't afford to start a new business anymore," he said. Customers used to pay him HK$500 to repair a brand-name watch like a Rolex or an Omega. "It takes me a whole day now just to oil the device, but when I was young, four hours would do the trick," Wong said with a grin.

Unionist lawmaker Chan Yuen-han told a Tai Kok Tsui forum recently she was sad to see a "skilled craft like watch repairing" disappear because of the redevelopment.

"Recently, I saw some Swiss watch repair masters at work in Pacific Place. I felt saddened because such skilled artistry is treated as a national treasure in Switzerland, but here in Hong Kong, we're letting people like Wong fade away," Chan said.
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'Urban planning should reflect what people want'
7 February 2007
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Urban planning should be "people driven" rather than decided by an executive detached from the community, Lord Patten believes.

"People should make the decisions about their own communities," he said.

Lord Patten reflected upon his time as environment minister in Britain before being posted to Hong Kong as the city's last governor, which involved town planning and conservation: "I thought it was crazy that I had the responsibility for what a people's neighbourhood should look like. I think it's very important that planning should reflect much more about what people themselves want."

But he refused to criticise the Hong Kong government over the recent Star Ferry controversy. "A lot of old things were pulled down when I was governor {hellip} and I don't think the most important old building that's ever been pulled down is the clock tower."
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Nathan Rd hotspot to rise again as retail and entertainment hub Site of the former Hyatt Regency will be turned into a HK$1 billion 30-storey shopping and cinema complex
7 February 2007
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67Nathan Road, one of Hong Kong's famous addresses in the 1960s and 1970s that was home to the former Hyatt Regency, is hoping to get back in the spotlight with a brand new look, as a HK$1 billion modern retail and entertainment complex.

The 30-storey shopping centre, called iSquare, will provide about 600,000 square feet of gross floor area and accommodate shops, cinemas and restaurants when it is completed in 2009.

"Unlike the style of the [former] Hyatt Regency, the new building emphasises light and transparency," said Lawrence Heung, a director at DTZ Debenham Tie Leung's retail division. DTZ is the consultant for the retail complex.

Subject to the final design, iSquare's main draw for consumers will be a four-storey cinema with 1,000 seats covered with blue-coloured glass walls located in the middle of the complex.

The complex, developed by Associated International Hotels, includes a 12-storey podium and a 14-storey tower catering to restaurants and lifestyle and beauty shops.

The components aims to avoid the failure of Ginza-style vertical malls which was once a development trend in 1990s, according to property consultants.

"Ginza malls were not successful as each shop was individual with no linkage between one another. And the floor space of 1,000 to 2,000 square feet is too small," said Colliers International research and consultancy director Simon Lo.

Situated in a prime location on Nathan Road and close to MTR stations, Mr Heung believes iSquare will be a major shopping mall for local shoppers and tourists.

Its popularity would also be helped by a number of new shopping complexes such as Tung Ying Building, which would be turned into an office-retail tower, comprising about 600,000 sqft, including retail space of at least 300,000 sqft, Mr Heung said. The Tung Ying redevelopment will also be completed by 2009.

Meanwhile, New World Development and the Urban Renewal Authority is building a one million square foot tower in Hanoi Road, which will have more than 300,000 sqft of new shopping space.

Property consultants said the landlord of iSquare would reap higher returns than from the Hyatt Regency. Rents for street shops in Tsim Sha Tsui range from HK$300 to HK$700 per square foot. Shop rents at Harbour City on Canton Road are estimated by agents at more than HK$200 per square foot.

They believe iSquare will achieve the same popularity as the Hyatt Regency in the 1970s. The Hyatt Regency, known as the President Hotel before 1969, was previously one of the city's most fashionable places. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the town's showbiz hotspot, attracting musicians and celebrities.
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Does Hong Kong really need so many shopping centres?
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30 storeys?! Isn't that a bit excessive.
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I can't wait for a 30 story mall, it'll be the ultimate mall! Probably 3-4 floors just for a Jusco.
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Historic mosque battles tradition, squatters to face modern age

HONG KONG, Feb 11, 2007 (AFP) - Hong Kong's historic mosque is a 140-year-old architectural treasure and an oasis of calm in the heart of one of the Chinese territory's busiest neighbourhoods.

But a row over plans to redevelop part of the sprawling complex into lucrative real estate threatens to shatter the tranquility.

Mosque leaders want to build an Islamic university, a library and a commercial plaza in the 40,000 square-foot (3,716 square-metre) grounds of the green mosque.

Set in Hong Kong's plush Mid-Levels neighbourhood, which boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world, such a venture could reap the Muslim community here a fortune.

But one thing is preventing them sending in the bulldozers: the land is also home to 25 families who have lived in dilapidated homes within the complex since the war.

The families have objected to the redevelopment plan, and the resulting row has divided the 25,000-strong Islamic community in this majority Chinese city.

The families, mostly of Pakistani origin, are descendents of soldiers who were uprooted by the Japanese from nearby Macau while fighting for the British in World War II. The then-colonial Indian Muslims were given shelter in Hong Kong's mosque.

"We call them illegal occupants," a senior leader of the Muslim community, Saeedudu Din, told AFP in his office in Hong Kong.

Din said the families were given only temporary shelter in the mosque's compound and they were supposed to have left once their situation improved.

"Look, this is the oldest mosque in the city and we really have big plans for its renovation and the use of the land here," he said. "We need six to seven billion (Hong Kong dollars) (770,000 US to 895,000 US) to build a plaza but we are poor.

"We can invite any investor here because of the prime location of the land, but because of the illegal occupants we cannot," Din added.

For mosque compound resident Bilal Mohammed there is no question of leaving because, he says, the grounds are "our ancestral place".

"We cannot and we will not (leave) because it is a place where our forefathers lived and they were allowed to live here," Mohammed said.

He accused the mosque's trustees of dirty tricks in their attempts to force the resident off the land.

"Once, they blocked the place and would not let us leave the premises but the local police came to our rescue and helped us," Mohammed said.

-- Nearby synagogue has shown the way to develop and survive --

Surrounded by a dense cluster of soaring apartment buildings the low-rise but vast mosque complex, perched halfway up Victoria Peak, is the main gathering point for Hong Kong island's Muslims.

Pakistanis and Chinese Muslims make up the majority of the congregation and Friday prayers regularly attract up to 200 people.

The trustees' hopes for redeveloping the site have doubtless been influenced by a similar decision made in the 1990s by the Ohel Leah Synagogue.

Built on a huge site on Robinson Road, not far from the mosque, in 1901, it similarly found itself strapped for cash at a time when land values were booming in the late 1980s.

The Jewish community decided after an agonising debate -- which included serious consideration of whether or not to demolish the synagogue -- to sell part of the land to developer Swire, which built two towering residential blocks called Robinson Place.

The income earned from the deal ensured funding for the community's school and cemetery and contributed to the restoration of the crumbling synagogue.

According to Nicholas Brooke, the chairman of Hong Kong's Professional Property Services real estate think tank, the mosque site could fetch a huge windfall if sold to developers.

"For a plot half that size you'd be talking 800 million to a billion dollars, depending on what you put on it and assuming there are no restrictions as to what can be built in that area," said Brooke.

While the government has so far remained aloof of the row, new laws being considered to protect the city's dwindling number of heritage sites following a public outcry over the recent demolition of the famous downtown Star Ferry terminal may make official involvement inevitable.

Both sides say they have the law on their side: Din says the trustees want to do no more than the synagogue did in developing part of its land for the Jewish community; meanwhile, Mohammed says the families have the equivalent of squatters' rights.

However, Din said the problem is partly rooted in Islamic tradition -- he says the families were only allowed to stay in the compound in the first place under the Islamic principle of universal brotherhood.

"Our problem is that this concept is not understood here by the legal community," he said.

"In Islam it is common to provide shelter to a Muslim in need, but that is always a temporary thing," Din said
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30stories? it sound rediculous
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Urban renewal chief wants to focus on big picture
11 February 2007
South China Morning Post

The Urban Renewal Authority should focus on bigger projects which can revitalise older districts, according to its managing director.

Billy Lam Chung-lun said dozens of small projects earlier identified by the authority may involve renovation instead of redevelopment.

"There are many sites smaller than 2,000 square metres," he said, adding that they mostly involved only one or two dilapidated buildings and their redevelopment could be done by private developers.

"What we should do is focus on bigger projects, which allows us to provide more open space to the public and conduct more conservation work during the redevelopment. This will revitalise the living environment in the old areas," he said.

This approach could be part of the new urban renewal strategy, which will be drafted later this year with the government.

The Urban Renewal Authority was set up in 2001 to implement a renewal programme consisting of 200 new projects and 25 uncompleted projects it inherited from the Land Development Corporation. Only four of the 25 projects left over by the corporation have not been launched. Mr Lam said the remaining projects would go ahead despite opposition from some residents.

They include the walled village of Nga Tsin Wai in Kowloon City, Kwun Tong town centre, Staunton Street in Central, Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok and Gage Street in Central. Shop owners from Fa Yuen Street, also known as "Sneaker Street" are strongly opposed to the redevelopment.

Mr Lam stressed the authority would face lawsuits if the projects were not implemented, saying residents had been waiting for a long time for an improvement in their living environment.

"At the same time, it will be difficult for us just to pay lots of money to resume the blocks but not to redevelop them. This could be seen as a violation of our duty."

Mr Lam said the authority was discussing the scheme with Cheung Kong, which owns more than 80 per cent of land in Nga Tsin Wai village.

Meanwhile, it also is considering how to proceed with the project in the SoHo area, after the Town Planning Board decided not to challenge a court ruling that it was wrong to refuse to exclude land owned by Henderson Land from the authority redevelopment zone.

Mr Lam said urban redevelopment in Hong Kong has to be accelerated as about 8,000 buildings will reach the end of their design life in the next decade.

"Given a building design life of 50 years, we would be expecting there would be about 800 buildings reaching their design maturity each year in the coming 10 years."

Also he said there are more than 2,000 private buildings built in or before the 1950s, that are still standing.

"We should try to push for more projects when the property market is on the rise because we can have better negotiating power with bidding developers on different terms, such as conservation and open space, and this can allow us to deliver better products to residents."
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:22 PM   #277
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25 Febuary 2007
URA Press Release
Press Statement on "Wall Effect" allegations

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) issues today (Sunday) the following statement in response to allegations by some environmental groups that projects of the URA create a wall effect.

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Since its inception in 2001, the URA has awarded joint venture contracts for a total of 11 projects. The planning of all of these projects was in full compliance with the prevailing "Planning Standards and Guidelines".

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When the Government promulgated its guidelines on air ventilation in July 2006, the superstructure works of our Vision City Project in Tsuen Wan were already nearing completion. Likewise, we embarked on the construction work of our Yeung Uk Road Project as early as February 2005 and the superstructure works is already underway.

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Attaching a great deal of importance to environmental requirements, the URA has strictly mandated that all of its projects must conform with, if not exceed, prevailing environmental stipulations. For this reason, even though the above Guidelines do not have any binding effect outside of the Government, the URA has decided that for its projects still under planning such as the Peel Street/Graham Street project and the Wan Chai Lee Tung Street project, reference will be made to these Guidelines in order to meet the community¡¦s environmental aspirations. Indeed, the URA has recently won a platinum award by the HK-BEAM Society for its Mount Davis 33 project at Kennedy Town for its environmental design features.

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As a matter of fact, in our respective Master Layout Plans submitted earlier to the Town Planning Board, we have provided the results of a detailed Air Ventilation Assessment for both the Peel Street/Graham Street and Lee Tung Street projects.

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The Peel Street/Graham Street project will see the provision of an east-west air ventilation corridor. At the same time, the buildings lining both sides of Graham Street will be redeveloped to three storeys only, while the taller buildings within the site boundaries will be set back, designed to improve the north-south air flow.

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As regards the Lee Tung Street project, the current layout of buildings is such as to provide north-south air flow only. Our proposed design will provide an additional east-west corridor, greatly improving the project¡¦s air ventilation.

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The URA is tasked to implement the Urban Renewal Strategy, including a 20-year urban renewal programme costing some $250 billion. Most of the projects concerned were expected to be loss makers. In order to ensure the long term sustainability of this colossal urban renewal programme, the Government has seen fit to provide the URA with financial assistance by offering a capital injection of $10 billion and by allowing URA projects land premium exemption. This is on the understanding that the URA, while making every effort to meet the community¡¦s environmental aspirations, will operate on prudent commercial principles and be self financing in the longer term in order to prevent the urban renewal programme from becoming a heavy burden on taxpayers.
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URA will pull down the old buildings, with perserving the charaterics of the "Sport Shoes St" in Mong Kok.

Singtao news today:
市建局決拆波鞋街重建

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收購嘉咸街 掩眼法呃人
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07/03/2007
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【專案組報道】市區重建局日前公布收購中環嘉咸街、卑利街項目,更放風聲稱收購價將創市建局紀錄,每平方呎高達七千元。惟受影響的業主大罵市建局「放煙幕」,實際是利用掩眼法企圖「巧取豪奪」,不但放棄建築面積而以實用面積來降低收購尺數,更混淆視聽將位於中環的項目指為上環,乘機壓低收購價。一班居民計劃本周四到區議會向市建局示威抗議。

居民由中環嘉咸街步行五分鐘便可抵達皇后大道中的中環中心一帶,再步行十分鐘更可以抵達國際金融中心,稱得上是鬧市中的黃金地段。雖然現時該處大多為樓齡高的唐樓,部分更是戰前樓宇,但重新發展肯定會成為中環的新地標。

電費單地址寫明「中環」
不過,市建局早前公布收購項目詳情時,市建局行政總監林中麟卻將該處說成為上環,旋即令當區居民「無名火起」,「我住畄砜度二十幾年,隔籬係中環至半山行人天橋,第一次有人話我知呢度係上環,真係荒謬之極!」居於嘉咸街逾二十年的李伯伯不忿地說,根據李先生提供的水費單、電費單等住址證明,均寫明該處是位於中環。

另一名嘉咸街街坊林先生認為市建局「指中為上」,擺明想壓價,減低收購成本,「佢疉唔係收樓,砜箧搶地!」林先生憶述,市建局「擺明搵居民笨」,因為收購限制多多,包括只計實用面積。

記者致電區內多間地產代理公司查詢區內樓市,一名姓梁的地產代理表示,行內都知道市建局收購的事,在他們心目中,收購的範圍都屬於中環,而非上環。而公布收購消息後,附近業主已封盤,他說:「遲皷碹度會發展,附近業主實唔會賣,就算肯賣,唐樓個價都可能要七千元一呎,好貴。」

居民擬赴區議會抗議
中西區區議會本周四將召開區議會會議,就市建局欲收購的H18及H19項目展開公開討論,並邀請市建局行政總監林中麟出席,而位處受影響範圍的居民當得悉林中麟會出席會議後,紛紛致電區議會報名出席,並聲稱已預備問題質詢林中麟。據悉,亦有環保團體關注該項目範圍存在歷史遺畺,甚至不排除有部分居民組織起來到場抗議示威。

在市建局網站介紹有關項目上,明確表示為「上環卑利街/嘉咸街」,但市建局發言人回覆查詢時強調,當收購工作正式開始時會委託獨立測量師,參照實際地點附近物業的成交個案進行估價,故毋須爭論該處所屬的區份。
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Any picture of the 30 stories shopping mall yet?
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