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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:33 AM   #121
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Old June 27th, 2006, 04:28 PM   #122
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Sports hub has public backing: Ho
Chester Yung
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A proposed 27-hectare sports stadium at the former Kai Tak airport has public support and will aid sports development in Hong Kong, Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho chi-ping claimed Monday.

Ho said the proposed multipurpose, 45,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof will provide much needed sports venues for the city.

The world-standard facility will also be suitable for other major events, he said.

Environmentalists want the former airport site to be turned into a green zone, while critics argue there is already a stadium in nearby Hung Hom for multipurpose events.

To justify the plan, Ho, speaking on an RTHK program, said Hong Kong has the potential to become the "City of Sports."

"The general expectation for a stadium in the 21st century is much higher than 30 years ago," he said, adding that Hong Kong should have a stadium with the latest technology and facilities.

Last Friday, the Planning Department unveiled its vision for the 328-hectare old Kai Tak airport site, promising "exciting activities" and green spaces while maintaining links to the community's heritage.

Planning for the land, largely unused since the opening of Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok in 1998, began in June 2002 after then- chief executive Tung Chee-hwa gave his approval to the initial Outline Zoning Plan.

Ho also said Hong Kong's preparations are proceeding well for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events.

A ceremony will be held on August 8 to promote community participation in the events.

He also said the 2009 East Asian Games Planning Committee has selected 19 competitions and two demonstration events for the games and submitted them to the organizing committee for consideration.

Among the 19 competitions selected, 15 are Olympic events while the other four are sports in which Hong Kong athletes have done well.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 05:47 AM   #123
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啟德交通設施不足
體育館恐成「大白象」

28/06/2006
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【本報訊】啟德規劃發展大綱展開第三階段諮詢之後,屢遭批評對外交通不足,規劃署透露,將在啟德設置二十二個行人設施和四個交通交匯處,但有立法會議員批評,交通設施不足,將令東九龍二百二十萬人難以享用啟德內的設施,擔心可容納四萬五千人的多用途體育館使用率低,變成啟德「大白象」。

規劃署表示,會在啟德設置四個交通交匯處,並有海上交通工具連接,方便區外市民前往啟德市中心和跑道公園。立法會規劃地政及工程事務委員會昨日召開會議,陳婉嫻表示,東南九龍共有二百二十萬人口,按現時的交通安排,他們很難享用啟德內設施,她說:「要發展大規模地下城,居民先會行去啟德。」她直言,用駁艇代替建橋連接觀塘不切實際。

研究引入環保電動車
另一名議員陳鑑林表示,都會公園位於跑道遠離民居,質疑公園選址欠理想。亦有議員批評當局只在啟德外圍興建天橋連接毗連的九龍城、土瓜灣、新蒲崗和觀塘,未能真正融合啟德與舊區。郭家麒擔心在啟德興建面積二十四公頃的多用途體育館,將會成為「大白象」,因體育館如沒有賽事,便恍如「死城」。身兼城市規劃委員會委員的劉秀成質疑,體育館選址海邊明顯不恰當,建議當局把體育館向內移,「觀眾入去係睇賽事,體育館放海邊,會好似文化中心浪費咁靚海景。」房屋及規劃地政局常任秘書長劉吳惠蘭重申,正研究在啟德引入環保電動車,同時在九龍城興建地下購物街連接至體育館。
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Old June 28th, 2006, 01:30 PM   #124
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What's the point of another stadium if it's not going to be filled? HK will never be the city of sports mainly because there's not *that* much enthusiasm for sports there. How often is the HK stadium used?
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Old June 28th, 2006, 06:31 PM   #125
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More links urged for Kai Tak
28 June 2006
South China Morning Post

Legislators were united yesterday in calling for better connections between a redeveloped Kai Tak and neighbouring districts to ensure the plan revitalises the whole of southeast Kowloon.

More underground shopping arcades and better pedestrian footbridges were among the suggestions put forward to better integrate Kai Tak with its neighbourhood, including Kowloon City, Kowloon Bay and To Kwa Wan.

The Liberal Party's Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, told the Legislative Council's planning, lands and works panel it would not be sensible to segregate Kai Tak from the economic activities of old districts.

She also raised concerns a proposed cruise terminal, which would take up an 800-metre stretch of the former airport runway, might not be big enough to cope with the growth in tourist traffic.

Legislators also challenged the suggested harbourfront location for a 23-hectare stadium complex.

Patrick Lau Sau-shing, who represents the architectural, surveying and planning sector, said the stadium could be as big a fiasco as the Cultural Centre.

"It will be such a waste of the sea view because, like the Cultural Centre, people go to the stadium to watch what is inside the building instead of what is outside," Dr Lau said. "The harbourfront land should be allocated for residential or commercial development."
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Old June 29th, 2006, 08:34 AM   #126
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Old June 30th, 2006, 08:16 AM   #127
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What's the point of another stadium if it's not going to be filled? HK will never be the city of sports mainly because there's not *that* much enthusiasm for sports there. How often is the HK stadium used?
That's what I thought too - it'd look great certainly, but it's hardly ever going to be used.

Also, when sports team do come here, only the likes of Real Madrid, Man Utd, Liverpool and so on will sell out.

I remember when Newcastle came here during 'peak' season and it looked like only 15-20 000 were inside the stadium. When Liverpool and Real Madrid came Hong Kong Stadium was sold out.

Unless they decide to invite music artists and host them in the stadium, that could be a good idea were the venue not so far (relative terms) from downtown and the airport.
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 06:27 PM   #128
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Interest shown in Kai Tak project
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, July 03, 2006



Swire Pacific chairman Christopher Pratt said the company is "interested" in the former airport site, which the government said last month will be redeveloped into a multi-purpose leisure and tourist hub with sports fields, residential projects, hotels and offices, as well as a cruise liner terminal.
He did not provide further details about which specific projects in the 328-hectare site are of most interest to Swire.

The government is currently conducting public consultations on Kai Tak redevelopment plans, but Pratt said Swire has not yet made a written submission.

"Swire is likely to be most interested in the potential of the Kai Tak site for office and commercial developments," said an investment bank analyst.

The Kai Tak site contains the potential for up to 700,000 square meters of Grade-A office space, the analyst said.

Pratt said Swire is very confident about prospects of the office and commercial property market in Hong Kong.

"From a strategic point of view, Swire is aiming to achieve more long- term returns from its property assets, which means it will favor commercial properties over residential properties," the analyst said.

The private residential portion of the government's blueprint for Kai Tak will contain space for the development of up to 18,000 apartments.

The site will also spawn up to 17 new hotels to provide up to 6,800 rooms, or about half the total room inventory in the Tsim Sha Tsui area.

"Swire already has substantial stakes in several five-star hotels on Hong Kong island, and is also considering plans to invest in new hotel projects in Britain," the analyst said.

"The group is therefore likely to be interested in the hotel projects in Kai Tak."

Planning for the land, largely unused since the opening of Hong Kong International Airport in 1998, began in June 2002 after then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa approved the initial Outline Zoning Plan.

When the Planning Department unveiled its blueprint for Kai Tak last month, it estimated the project will generate up to 85,000 new jobs.
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Kai Tak cruise terminal plan `for a fraction of Tamar cost'
Jonathan Cheng
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, July 04, 2006



Plans for the development of a world- class cruise terminal at the old Kai Tak airport site will cost less than HK$1 billion, making it only a fifth of the cost of the new government headquarters at Tamar, a senior government source said.

But the government, eager to dispel long-standing public fears of collusion between officials and Hong Kong's powerful developers after the West Kowloon debacle, will retain ownership of the valuable waterfront property and only seek bids for construction and management of the site.

The source also said that the government will build more than the two cruise ship berths outlined in last month's blueprints, saying it will work closely with industry representatives to "tailor" the terminal to their needs.

The news comes as one of the cruise industry's leading businessmen visited Hong Kong Monday to meet local tourism officials, saying he was optimistic about the city's ambitions to become a regional cruise hub.

Adam Goldstein, president of Miami-based Royal Caribbean International, added that his company, one of the world's leading cruise operators, is itching to begin running routes to the mainland through Hong Kong, calling plans to build the terminal by 2011 "quite late for us."

For years Royal Caribbean made regular stops in Hong Kong, until the fallout from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forced the company's pull-out from Asia. For the past five years, it has not offered any cruises in Asia. That, Goldstein said, will change.

"Our goal over time is being present in all of the important markets, and that means being back here again," Goldstein said, calling his company's return to the city "a question of when, not if."

Put together, the developments suggest that both the government and business interests have settled on locating a cruise terminal at the 328-hectare Kai Tak site, one of the last and most sought-after undeveloped plots of land in Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour.

Last month the Planning Department unveiled blueprints placing a cruise terminal at the center of its designs for Kai Tak, a move meant to boost tourism and stimulate development in southeast Kowloon.

In addition to the proposed cruise terminal, the government's plans for the site include prime office space, low-rise housing, a waterfront park, a massive stadium and 17 large hotels.

Those blueprints implicitly rejected proposals from private developers to locate the cruise terminal at other locations along the harborfront, such as North Point and Tsim Sha Tsui.

But the senior government source said the administration will formally announce its rejection of the bids from six private consortiums in the near future in order to push ahead with its plans for Kai Tak.

According to the source, the site will be developed according to a model similar to that which governs the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation: the government will retain 100 percent ownership of the land, only allowing bids for development and management rights.

Under this plan, the government will have to seek funding approval for the project in the Legislative Council, like they did for Tamar.

Late last month administration officials won the HK$5.1 billion they sought for that site after a dogged months-long campaign to win over reluctant legislators.

Groundbreaking on the Kai Tak development is slated for 2008, with hopes that the site will be open to the public by 2011. The source said many details had still not been worked out, and that plans had not yet been brought before the Executive Council for consultation. But he described the plans for a cruise terminal as a done deal.

Royal Caribbean president Goldstein met for about an hour with officials from the Hong Kong Tourism Commission and the Hong Kong Tourism Board Monday, saying he was "pleased" with the tone and direction of the dialogue.

"We were quite pleased with the discussions," Goldstein said. "We feel there's an open attitude here about the requirements of a future cruise terminal, and how to work cruise infrastructure into the overall infrastructure of the city."

Goldstein said his company had already booked all of its ships up to the beginning of 2008, but added that Royal Caribbean was "evaluating options for placing ships in Hong Kong after the spring of 2008."

He called the projected 2011 opening date further away than he had hoped. But he said the quality of the development is more important than the timetable, since the terminal will support cruise operators for the next three decades.

"As long as the right infrastructure is built here in Hong Kong, which year it comes is not as important. If the right terminal arrives in 2011, that'd be a great thing for us."

Goldstein rejected suggestions that Kai Tak was a problematic site for a cruise terminal because of its distance from the upscale hotels of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, calling the criticisms "premature."

He said: "So much depends on the transportation links that are built."

When asked by reporters if the blueprint's two berths would be enough for the industry, Goldstein quickly replied in the negative, saying business in the region could "grow and grow and grow."

"There is tremendous potential in Asia, and I'm very optimistic about the industry here," Goldstein said.

He also said he hoped the government would give the industry a chance to work on the "nitty-gritty" details.

"There's no opportunity yet to really give detailed feedback on what we'd like to see, but we hope to have that opportunity, because it matters a lot," Goldstein said.

Goldstein is on a four-city tour of the region that also includes meetings with officials in Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo, and described Shanghai officials as "very interested" and "aggressive" in seeking a cruise terminal of their own.

But Goldstein said that building cruise terminals at other cities in the region was in concert - not in competition - with Hong Kong's aspirations.

"It's unlikely that just one hub city can be an answer to all the opportunities in the region," he said. "It would not be bad for the region if Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and Singapore became home to cruise ports."

Rama Rebbapragada, the company's director of sales and marketing for the region, also said Monday that the Hong Kong terminal will provide an opening for the mainland's massive untapped market.

"We are very bullish on the China market, and Hong Kong will have a role to play in terms of opening that up," he said. "We feel with one of our ships over here, we could really capture that opportunity here."
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Old July 4th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #130
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Kai Tak terminal attracts interest
Cruise operator in 'constructive' talks with tourism chief

4 July 2006
South China Morning Post

A leading cruise operator has expressed interest in the government's proposal to build a cruise terminal at Kai Tak, following a meeting between visiting company executives and Tourism Commissioner Au King-chi yesterday.

After the meeting, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises president Adam Goldstein was quick to comment on the design and infrastructure of the terminal, which will be in operation as early as 2011 under a government proposal unveiled last month. It will have two berths for ships of over 50,000 tonnes.

"We had a good and constructive conversation over the cruise market and Hong Kong's new terminal," said Mr Goldstein.

The company is involved in at least four cruise terminals around the world - St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Barcelona, Miami and Venice.

Asked whether Royal Caribbean was interested in operating or investing in the cruise terminal at the former airport site, general manager Joseph Lam said it was too early to comment.

Mr Goldstein said the government was heading in the right direction with the Kai Tak plan and that 2011 was not too late for the city to have a new terminal.

It was more important to get the "right" terminal in place by 2011, he said, noting that more berths would be needed to meet future demand in the rapidly growing cruise industry.

"In the next 10 to 15 years, [Hong Kong may] need more than two berths for cruise ships, but it should take one step at a time," he said.

Mr Goldstein shrugged off criticisms that the lack of first-class hotels and related facilities would undermine Kai Tak's position as a cruise terminal site, noting that its attractiveness would depend on its links with other parts of Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong has great infrastructure," he said.

Royal Caribbean is planning to sail a cruise ship to Hong Kong in early 2008 and will expand its business to the mainland to capture the opportunities in Asia, especially from the mainland and India.

It said the world's largest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, would set sail next year.

But the vessel, which has taken three years to design and build, might not sail to Hong Kong until 2011 as it could carry about 4,300 passengers and weighed 160,000 tonnes - too big for Hong Kong's present cruise ship terminal.
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'Ghost city' fears voiced in Legco over Kai Tak plan
Albert Wong
28 June 2006
Hong Kong Standard

The government's bold redevelopment plan for the 328-hectare Kai Tak site may become a "ghost city," with another "white elephant" and other expensive structures cut off from the public and of no use, lawmakers have warned.

"Hong Kong's Central Park?" scoffed Chan Kam-lam, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, referring to the proposed Metro Park on the former airport runway.

"From what I can see, it's in the center of the water, in the center of a foul-smelling gully, but nowhere near any of the residents [of Kowloon East]," he said.

Independent lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip said the whole area risked becoming a "ghost city," because the huge area reserved for a stadium will be rarely used, the government center will shut down at five every night, and other features down the runway are so poorly connected.

Chan Yuen-han, a lawmaker for Kowloon East, said the "whole design has neglected [the neighboring] residents." She noted that the only viable solution proposed so far to allow Kwun Tong residents access the site directly was via leisure boats.

"Is the substantial population of Kwun Tong supposed to float and drift its way to [Kai Tak]?" she said.

Nine senior civil servants Tuesday made their first presentation of the proposed Kai Tak redevelopment plan to the Legislative Council.

Armed with a power point presentation and computer-simulated displays of gorgeous panoramic views and a vibrant population cycling around the site, Deputy Director of Planning Ophelia Wong Yuen-sheung emphasized the abundance of greenery and the preservation of the local heritage.

The development will "return [the runway] to the public," she said.

The Kai Tak redevelopment, which will include a world-class stadium, will complete the lineup of four harborfront icons, according to Wong. The others are the West Kowloon cultural district, the Tamar government headquarters and the existing Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

But most lawmakers present, especially those representing the affected Kowloon East constituency, were unconvinced. They were particularly concerned about the foul-smelling Kai Tak nullah, and what they perceived as insufficient links to the features further down the runway.

Wong said pedestrian links are smoothly stitched so that people can enjoy the views as they walk from the base, down the runway.

However, Director of Planning Bosco Fung Chee-keung conceded last week that the non-existent link between Kwun Tong and the runway stretch directly opposite it, is the plan's "weakest link."

Wong said Tuesday the government will have to wait and see, depending on whether the current cargo operations area between the runway and Kwun Tong is removed, before deciding how to create a link.

The government says it plans to clear up the nullah and remove the "odorous sediment," before breaking up the banks to allow seawater to flow into the nullah under Metro Park.

Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, who led the government party Tuesday, said she is confident the nullah will be successfully cleaned.

"If this is not remedied, the whole of the Kai Tak plan would not proceed," she said.

Albert Chan said the whole development has "betrayed the residents" of neighboring districts, since it fails to offer ways of regenerating rundown areas such as Kwun Tong, San Po Kong, and Kowloon Bay.

Chan Yuen-han was concerned the development would become the private playground for those living in luxury houses there. "It's a beautiful development, but how do the people [in the neighboring districts] get there?" she said. She noted that 2.2 million people live in the surrounding districts and proposed an "underground city" which emerges at the runway, rather than having to walk through quaint walkways or promenades along the long stretch.

Independent lawmaker Kwok Ka- ki said the state-of-the-art stadium, which would have a retractable roof and a sliding turf, will be another "white elephant."

"What is the West Kowloon cultural district supposed to hold, if the sports stadium also hosts cultural events? And what sporting event in Hong Kong regularly fills up a 45,000 stadium?" he asked.

Janet Wong Chin-kiu, from the Home Affairs Bureau, said the new stadium would provide complementary facilities, lacking in the current stadium, which would encourage more sporting activities.

She did not provide annual attendance figures for the current stadium.

Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, lawmaker for the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication constituency, said the sporting community supports the project.

The Kai Tak plan was revealed to the media last Wednesday.

Public forums will be held next month and in August in the districts most affected by the proposed developments.
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DAB urges Kai Tak link-up
Leslie Kwoh
Hong Kong Standard
Friday, July 07, 2006

A link between the former Kai Tak airport site and neighboring Kwun Tong district is not only technically feasible but crucial to ensuring the area is successfully redeveloped, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has said.

The party Thursday unveiled an alternative blueprint for the 328-hectare site that links the tip of the old airport runway to Kwun Tong via a 500-meter bridge.

"The old areas surrounding the site just keep getting older," lawmaker Chan Kam-lam said. "Our focus is connectivity. We hope the new developments will help to revitalize the neighboring areas."

Despite strong public backing for such a link, government plans released for the site last month indicated no pedestrian or vehicle bridges between the two areas would be built across the water.

But DAB consultant and architect Philip Liao Yi-kang urged the government to consider relocating the public cargo area, located directly north of the runway tip, to eliminate the link's main obstacle.

The Planning Department has confirmed the cargo area will be relocated in phases, but has yet to provide a timetable or relocation destination.

"If the public cargo area is relocated, there should be absolutely no problem building a bridge there," Liao said. "It's not a matter of technicality, but of need. We need to look at the whole concept and not be bogged down by the small details."

The proposed link was welcomed by Chan Wai-kwan, who chairs the Southeast Kowloon development subcommittee of the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee.

While Chan said he was reluctant to comment on the other aspects of the model, given his advisory role to the government, he praised the Kwun Tong link as a "very good idea."

Lawmaker Patrick Lau Sau-shing, who represents the architectural, surveying and planning sector, also welcomed the proposal but cautioned that while the cargo area could be relocated "almost anywhere else," the process could be difficult as it might affect "a way of living" for some Kwun Tong residents.

The DAB's model also challenged the proposed harborfront location for a 23-hectare stadium complex, recommending it be moved further inland instead.

The large expanse of green called "Metropark," which the government proposed to locate along the runway, should then be moved west to encircle the stadium.

A man-made sandy beach linking the park to the waterfront would complete this "green center."

"The stadium doesn't need to be on the waterfront - leave that piece of land for the public," said party consultant Dickson Hui Chak-hung, from architecture and design firm Llewelyn- Davies Hong Kong, adding that the SAR lags even mainland cities when it comes to planning green space along waterfronts.

The repositioning of the stadium and park would improve public accessibility to those venues by reducing walking time for residents from surrounding areas such as To Kwa Wan and San Po Kong from up to 35 minutes to as little as five minutes.

Taking the place of Metropark's isolated runway position would be a mix of residential and commercial developments, which would be linked to the rest of the site via a HK$800 million monorail. The six-kilometer track would begin at the Kwun Tong MTR station on the east end of the site and end at the stadium on the west, completing a single 12-stop loop in under 30 minutes.

DAB consultant and transport expert Shirley Tam Sut-lai, from MVA Hong Kong, said the purpose of the monorail was not to eliminate the need for the proposed trunk road at the site, but to minimize the number of vehicles traveling along the road.

As for the government's planned two-berth cruise terminal, the DAB said it did not object to the proposal but recommended better use of the space.

Building residential complexes behind the terminal, for example, would ensure the area did not become a "dead zone" between dockings and retail shops and have a regular flow of customers.

The party also recommended replacing a proposed helipad adjacent to the terminal with a public observation deck, thus eliminating any effects of noise on residents.

The government kicks off the third phase of public consultation on Kai Tak tomorrow.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 02:58 AM   #133
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Kai Tak Airport History & Name Origin
http://www.cad.gov.hk/english/kaitak.html

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Stage 3 Public Participation of Kai Tak Planning Review to hold the first public forum
Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Government Press Release

The Planning Department will hold a Public Forum this Saturday (July 8) to seek public views on the draft Preliminary Outline Development Plan (PODP) for the Kai Tak development.

The forum is the first of a series of public engagement events organised within the two-month period of the Stage 3 Public Participation of Kai Tak Planning Review launched on June 23.

The forum will be held on Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm at the Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, YMCA Hong Kong, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Director of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yeung Yue-man, will be the convenor of the forum, while panellists include Legislative Council member, Professor Patrick Lau; Vice-Chairman of the Town Planning Board, Dr Peter Wong; Vice-Chairman of the Metro Planning Committee of the Town Planning Board, Ir Dr Greg Wong; Vice-Chairman of the Rural & New Town Committee of the Town Planning Board, Mr Michael Lai; Chairman of the Sub-committee on South East Kowloon Development Review of Harbour-front Enhancement Committee, Dr Chan Wai-kwan; and the Deputy Director of Planning, Miss Ophelia Wong.

Details of other District Forums to be organised in the period are as follow:

1. District Forum (Kowloon City) - 2.30pm to 5pm, July 15 (Saturday)
Basement, Fashion World (Site2), Wonderful World of Whampoa, Hung Hom

2. District Forum (Kwun Tong) - 2.30pm to 5pm, July 29 (Saturday)
Lecture Theatre 215, Community College of City University (Telford Annex), Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay

3. District Forum (Wong Tai Sin) - 2.30pm to 5pm, August 5 (Saturday)
Performance Stage, Lok Fu Shopping Centre Phase 1, Lok Fu

Exhibitions of PODP proposals and a physical model of Kai Tak development will take place at the forums above and at Kowloon City Plaza, 128 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City on August 12, 13, 19 and 20.

People are welcome to participate in the forums and visit the
exhibitions. For the forums, pre-registration is required due to the restriction of seating capacity.

For further details of the Stage 3 Public Participation of Kai Tak Planning Review, please visit the Planning Department’s website at http://www.pland.gov.hk or contact the Department at 2231 4988, by fax at 2894 9502 or via e-mail:[email protected]
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Old July 12th, 2006, 05:58 AM   #135
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Blueprint for Kai Tak savings
8 July 2006
South China Morning Post

The DAB's Chan Kam-lam looked like a million dollars this week. Or at least the fancy Kai Tak redevelopment model he unveiled on Thursday looked like it cost that much.

When asked by a South China Morning Post colleague about its price tag, Mr Chan (left) was coy, hinting that it cost a fortune. "We are still tallying the final cost," he said.

My colleague then asked architect Philip Liao Yi-kang, who volunteered his services, along with a town planner and transport specialist, to build the model and draw the blueprint as an alternative to the government's plan.

"We want to share it with the public," Mr Liao said. "At the end of the day, no one owns the copyright. It's free."

Incidentally, the model will be exhibited at the Kwun Tong mall APM, IFC in Central, and Lok Fu shopping centre - rent free. How difficult is it to tally zero?
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Any picture of the model?
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hkskyline, it would be helpful if you would summerize or discuss those articles rather than copying and pasting, who has time to read all those articles?
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hkskyline, it would be helpful if you would summerize or discuss those articles rather than copying and pasting, who has time to read all those articles?

I have time to read it. If you are really concerned about what has been happening in HK, you definitely have few minutes to spare.
Anyway, he is pasting the articles from South China Morning Post, you need to pay money to subscribe for that. I haven't subscribed SCMP, so he has been really helpful.
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hkskyline, it would be helpful if you would summerize or discuss those articles rather than copying and pasting, who has time to read all those articles?
Do what I love to do ... speed-read and scan.

SCMP does release some content to the Yahoo HK news feeds. Not all of it is paid subscription anymore.
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啟德不擬建私家醫院
7月 12日 星期三 17:58 更新
星島日報

對於會否在啟德發展計劃內,預留土地興建私家醫院,衛生福利及食物局局長周一嶽表示,從規劃土地用途而言,一般是容許在「政府、機構或社區」地帶發展醫院的,但啟德發展計劃的初步發展大綱草圖中,預留的醫院用地僅作發展公立醫院。他表示,一向有機制處理有志開辦私家醫院的申請,若有關申請符合既定政策及公眾利益,當局將提供適當協助,包括考慮土地批撥申請。
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