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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:40 AM   #461
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Monorail would revitalise Kwun Tong, residents say
30 May 2011
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Kwun Tong residents and a lawmaker have rejected a government engineering recommendation and want a bridge - and monorail - to be built to connect their district to the future Kai Tak redevelopment.

The proposed 8-kilometre rail link would cost less than HK$5 billion to build in three years, according to lawmaker Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

He said he would meet representatives from the Development Bureau to talk about the redevelopment plan, which a bureau spokesman said would be completed soon.

Residents said their district had been left economically stagnant. A link to the Kai Tak redevelopment would bring new life to it.

"The [cruise] terminal will bring in as many as 9,000 tourists a day to Kai Tak. It will benefit everybody to let them travel easily to lesser-travelled towns like Kwun Tong and To Kwa Wan," Chan said.

The old town in east Kowloon needs new economic vitality, and linking it to the cruise terminal - construction of which will end in 2013 - was the best solution, he said.

The government included the bridge in the old airport development's master plan in 2006, but has not made any further progress since then, Chan said.

Residents have pushed for the bridge and monorail, so they can easily get to the future centre of Kowloon. But a study by the Civil Engineering and development Department has said the bridge might not be feasible in the short term because the construction could infringe the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance.

A Harbourfront Commission member also warned a bridge could become an eyesore, taking space from a future park on the runway.

The three-stage Kai Tak development will be completed by 2021.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #462
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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #463
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I haven't seen many HK photos with ICC lit up. Is ICC being left dark like the rest of West Kowloon? I never understood why. Have residents been complaining?

The lit up ICC in the above photo looks photoshopped but I guess the lighting might just make it appear that way.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 05:37 AM   #464
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I haven't seen many HK photos with ICC lit up. Is ICC being left dark like the rest of West Kowloon? I never understood why. Have residents been complaining?

The lit up ICC in the above photo looks photoshopped but I guess the lighting might just make it appear that way.
There is lighting but I don't see it turned on that often, and the scheme is indeed what the photo shows.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 05:37 AM   #465
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Old July 14th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #466
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Old July 14th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #467
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With all the tower cranes up, is the construction underway?
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Old July 19th, 2011, 05:00 AM   #468
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With all the tower cranes up, is the construction underway?
I presume not yet, since I haven't come across an approved master plan yet.
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I presume not yet, since I haven't come across an approved master plan yet.
Aren't those cranes for the cruise terminal at the end of the old runway?
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Old August 26th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #473
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Approved Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan amended
Friday, August 26, 2011
Government Press Release

The Town Planning Board today (August 26) announced amendments to the approved Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

The amendments are mainly covered in the Kai Tak City Centre, the South Apron area and the Runway area. Proposed amendments in the Kai Tak City Centre arise from the in-situ preservation of the Lung Tsun Stone Bridge remnants, while those in the South Apron and Runway areas are for relocation of roads to enhance public accessibility to the waterfront.

The draft Kai Tak OZP No. S/K22/3, incorporating the amendments, is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, the Kowloon District Planning Office, and the Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin District Offices.

Any person may make written representation in respect of the amendments to the Secretary of the Board on or before October 26, 2011. Representations made to the Board will be available for public inspection.

Copies of the draft OZP are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei. The electronic version of the plan can be viewed on the Board's website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).
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Marine mud turns green for use in flats projects
The Standard
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In a first for the SAR, 100,000 cubic meters of marine mud at the former Kai Tak airport is being used to build houses, thanks to the work of an enterprising government engineer.

Some 16 percent of the mud has been used as part of the foundations of the 3.47-hectare, six- block Kai Tak Site 1A and 5.7-hectare, nine-block Site 1B public rental housing development of the Housing Authority.

Some 3.3 million people will live in 13,300 units when they are completed in January 2013.

If it were not for the breakthrough, the mud would have been dredged and dumped into the already bursting landfills.

But the "unsuitable filling material" - the volume of which equals five Olympic-size swimming pools - was transformed into "green-treated marine mud," said Patrick Leung Pak-wai, a Housing Department structural engineer who pioneered the method.

Through trial and error, Leung's team finalized the correct mix of marine mud, sand and cement three years ago, saving some HK$8.16 million in disposal costs to landfills and marine dumping sites.

Instead of using normal earth- filling materials, such as sand and cement, the green-treated marine mud was backfilled and compacted in layers of about 300 millimeters thick around the core foundation of pile caps underground.

Leung said the "green" mud would also be used for new public rental housing projects in Tseung Kwan O Area 65B and Tung Chung Area 56.

The department said the material passed through at least 10 tests.

"It has proved to be practical, inexpensive and environmentally friendly," Leung added.

"This public housing rental project, hopefully, will be a role model for Henderson, Cheung Kong, New World and Sun Hung Kai," said Michelle Au Wing-tsz, senior environmental affairs officer of Friends of the Earth.

She said the mud solution could drastically reduce the amount of construction waste, as 4,000 tonnes are currently dumped each day.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #478
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Business mecca for Kowloon
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Friday, October 14, 2011

A multibillion dollar project is being planned to turn Kai Tak, Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong into a second central business district with an elevated monorail linking the three areas.

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday said the district will provide an area of 540,000 square meters for domestic and nondomestic use.

She said the government realizes the Central business district is reaching capacity and a second one is needed.

The three-phase project, which will be twice the size of Central, is expected to be completed in 2021. Other features will include an 11-kilometer promenade, entertainment facilities, outdoor performance areas and water sports activities.

The HK$12 billion monorail project will be nine kilometers long with 12 stations. It will be connected to the existing Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay MTR stations, passing through the waterfront, cruise terminal, Metro Park, Station Square and sports hub. There will also be elevated walkways along some routes.

Lam said construction of the monorail will be completed in 2023, but the government will first conduct a public consultation to determine if the public prefers other modes of transportation to link the three areas.

"The fact that it is zero-emission is another characteristic of the whole Kowloon East redevelopment project," Lam said.

Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Wai Chi-sing said the monorail will bring tremendous economic benefits to Hong Kong, although the cost
of construction will be high.

The first phase of the redevelopment, which will be completed in 2013, will include a cruise terminal building, berth and some public housing. The first batch of offices to move into the site in 2014 will be 11 government departments.

In the Hoi Bun Road redevelopment section, the government will relocate the existing waste recycling center and vehicle examination centers to release about 6.4 hectares of government land for development.

In the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier waterfront redevelopment, nine sections of underdeveloped government land totaling about five hectares will be used for redevelopment.

The government will also establish a zero- carbon emission building, and upgrade existing open space.

Meanwhile, Lam said the government will speed up the application process for redevelopment or the wholesale conversion of industrial buildings.

A multi-disciplinary Kowloon East Development Office in the Development Bureau will be set up to steer and monitor the project.

Lam admitted that there are challenges facing this project, such as the fragmented ownership in many industrial buildings in the area.
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I hope to see a supertall in this development. Or is that wishful thinking?
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LCQ19: New cruise terminal at Kai Tak
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Following is a written reply by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, to a question by the Hon Paul Tse in the Legislative Council today (October 26):

Question:

Regarding the Kai Tak cruise terminal project, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) from the perspective of tourism development, what transport networks and infrastructures will be provided by the SAR Government to connect the Kai Tak cruise terminal with its neighbouring areas (e.g. the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill, the harbourfront promenade in Kwun Tong, as well as restaurants in Lei Yue Mun and Kowloon City, etc.), so as to maximise the economic benefits brought to the neighbouring areas by the development of the cruise terminal;

(b) whether it will draw reference from the history of development of Tsim Sha Tsui with the Ocean Terminal complementing various transport networks and tourist attractions such as the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Terminus, the Star Ferry, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Peninsula Hotel and the harbourfront promenade, etc. so as to make use of the cruise terminal project to develop East Kowloon into a new major tourism area and a transit point for tourists; if it will, of the details of the plans; if not, the reasons for that; and

(c) what policies and measures are in place to make use of the cruise terminal project to tie in with the proposal in the 2011-2012 Policy Address to enhancing connectivity within East Kowloon by an elevated rail-based link and "kick-starting the development of East Kowloon", so as to foster the renewal and development of the entire East Kowloon on the one hand to greatly improve the district's economic conditions and employment situation, and strengthen the tourism industry of Hong Kong on the other hand?

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President,

My reply to the three-part question is set out below.

(a) Kai Tak Development (KTD) is a mega-scale development project spanning a total planning area of over 320 hectares, covering the ex-airport site and the adjoining hinterland districts. The new cruise terminal is part of the KTD project. To tie in with the commissioning of the first berth of the new cruise terminal, the Government will provide in mid-2013 a two-lane single carriageway to connect the cruise terminal with Cheung Yip Street at Kowloon Bay. In addition to the existing major trunk roads (including Kai Tak Tunnel and Kwun Tong Bypass), the planned Route 6 (including the Central Kowloon Route with direct road connections at the KTD area) will provide a route linking West Kowloon with East Kowloon. The proposed Shatin-to-Central Link (SCL) will also provide fast and reliable railway service for the KTD area.

Moreover, the Government has commissioned a consultancy study on the feasibility of an environmentally friendly linkage system (EFLS) for Kai Tak. Initial findings recommended that the EFLS should cover the KTD area with connections to Kowloon Bay Station and Kwun Tong Station of the Mass Transit Railway as well as Kai Tak Station of the future SCL. Given its high construction cost and wide-ranging implications, the Government plans to consult the public on the EFLS in early 2012.

Upon the phased completion of the planned transport network and infrastructure, the new cruise terminal and the neighbouring districts will be more closely connected, and the economic benefits will be enhanced.

(b) Today's Tsim Sha Tsui was developed in the course of history and upon the needs of Hong Kong's development at different times. The development of Kai Tak takes a different approach. The KTD area is an integrated development with a mix of community, housing, business, tourism and infrastructural uses. The phased completion of the various projects in the KTD will complement the facilities of the new cruise terminal and foster tourism development in the neighbouring districts and Hong Kong as a whole.

(c) The transport network and infrastructure (including the EFLS which will shortly be put to the public for consultation) as mentioned in part (a) can enhance the connectivity of the new cruise terminal with the neighbouring districts, and coupled with the phased completion of various projects in the KTD area, the tourism and economic benefits for the cruise terminal as well as the neighbouring districts will be boosted.

Vice-Premier Mr Li Keqiang announced during his visit to Hong Kong that escalated efforts would be put in to support the development of Hong Kong as a homeport for cruise tourism. This ties in with the commissioning of the new cruise terminal in mid-2013 in further enhancing the development of our cruise tourism. Leveraging on the completion of the new cruise terminal, we will continue to co-operate closely with the major cruise companies and the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) to attract the deployment of more cruise vessels to Hong Kong. We will allocate more resources to the HKTB to strengthen its co-operation with cruise lines in promoting the cruise market in Hong Kong, and to lengthen the stay of cruise liners and tourists in Hong Kong through collaborative efforts with the travel trade in developing more diversified shore excursion programmes. We will also continue to strengthen the co-operation with nearby ports to enhance the potential of the regional cruise market.
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