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Old July 2nd, 2011, 08:06 PM   #421
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Illegal rooftop structures rampant in urban village
2011-June-30
Shenzhen Daily

CONSTRUCTION of illegal rooftop structures was rampant in an urban village in Futian District.

Rooftop structures were being built on more than 20 buildings in Futian Village, where there were clusters of old buildings, yesterday’s Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.

Additional floors had been built on more than 10 buildings and were occupied by tenants.

Finishing touches were being applied on an extra three floors on a five-story building, which was built more than 10 years ago.

“The extra floors will probably put heavy pressure on the building’s foundations, possibly leading to a collapse,” said a villager named Chen.

Because they were adjacent to Huanggang Checkpoint, there was strong demand for apartments in the village.

“Rent for a 40-square-meter apartment in the village exceeds 2,000 yuan (US$307) a month. The construction of a new floor costs around 100,000 yuan, which can be recovered by renting it out for three years,” said Chen.

Villagers were also rushing to add more floors to their buildings to get more compensation in case of a government-approved renovation, Chen said.

Compensation is usually decided on the basis of the area of a building. Some villagers had complained to the subdistrict law enforcement team about the illegal construction, but nothing had happened, Chen said.

The district office in charge of cracking down on illegal constructions said staff had been sent to the village to stop illegal construction.

However, there had been no decision to demolish the illegal structures.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 07:20 PM   #422
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540,000 apartments to be built
2011-July-7
Shenzhen Daily

A TOTAL of 540,000 apartments would be built over the next five years, according to a plan released by the city urban planning, land and resources commission.

The number of government-subsidized apartments would account for about 44 percent of the total, much higher than the 20 percent in the past five years.

Among the 240,000 subsidized apartments, 176,000 would be sold for less than market price while the rest would be rented to low-income earners.

The increase in the number of subsidized apartments was aimed at alleviating pressure on the housing market and effectively solve the housing problems for low-income families and professionals, according to the commission.

In addition, low-income residents who do not have Shenzhen hukou (permanent residence permit) would be gradually covered by government housing subsidies over the next five years.

The city government planned to provide 30,000 subsidized apartments and provide subsidies for 5,000 low-income families this year.

The plan also sought to strengthen the management of the subsidized housings, which could not be traded on the housing market.

The city also planned to build 300,000 commercial apartments over the next five years.

The city government provided almost 27 hectares of land for the construction of commercial housing last year, less than the 60 hectares originally planned.

The city aims to have half the permanent population owning apartments in the next five years.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #423
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Flyover links Universiade roads
2011-July-14 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

THE Shuihe Flyover, which connects Shuiguan Expressway, Jihe Expressway, Longxiang Boulevard and Longgang North Passage, was officially opened Tuesday for the Universiade express lane.

All the expansion projects on Shuiguan Expressway were also completed Tuesday, the day before the 30-day countdown of the 2011 Summer Universiade.

The flyover, which is in the south of the Longgang CBD, is a key project in Longgang that diverts traffic arriving or leaving the Athletes’ Village and Longgang Sports Center. It will greatly improve traffic flow for the Longgang CBD. The project was started in September last year, the Shenzhen transport commission said.

Traffic traveling to Futian and Nanshan from the city’s east could cut eight kilometers off the journey by taking the Shuiguan and Nanping expressways via the Shuihe Flyover.

It is designated a special lane for Universiade vehicles. The city designated a special vehicle lane on 11 roads including Qingping Expressway, Beihuan and Binhe boulevards, and Nigang and Xinzhou roads exclusively for Games vehicles.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 04:07 AM   #424
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Ancient village resists developer
18 January 2011
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Thirty residents in a 700-year-old village in Shenzhen, many of them Hongkongers, are being confronted by a developer who blocked roads and cut water and electricity supplies in an attempt to clear their homes for redevelopment.

The stand-off between the villagers and guards hired by the developer was still going on last night. A few villagers were slightly injured in occasional clashes. They are the last to stay on in the historical Gangxia village in Futian district, claiming that the development is illegal.

"We are just struggling with our last breath, we are the only ones who can still withstand the disturbance mentally," said a villager, 30, who identified himself by the surname Man. He said he had been living in fear for several years as the village suffered one disruption after another.

The villagers, all bearing the surname Man, or Wen in Putonghua, share the same ancestor as some of Hong Kong's indigenous residents.

Gangxia, which lies at the heart of the urban district, was once a strong community with thousands of people, including more than 1,000 with Hong Kong residency. It was built 700 years ago by an army created by scholar-general hero Wen Tianxiang in the southern Song dynasty.

Residents began moving out several years ago as redevelopment took place in half of the village. Either they could not stand the disturbance of the land seizures or they received millions in compensation. Many buildings were demolished.

"It is not about money," Man said. "Our village definitely has our own ability to redevelop. It is about justice. It's our land. It's an issue related to our descendants and not something money can resolve."

He said the government named a developer without any open tender. Two of the villagers were admitted to hospital last year after they were beaten by triad members as they campaigned against land seizures. "This is really outrageous. I am not rich but I never worry about meals {hellip} We are not like those who leave after receiving millions in compensation."
Is this village preserved for cultural reasons?
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #425
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Is this village preserved for cultural reasons?
Their argument is likely based on historical reasons, although the article didn't mention they had any particular preservation status.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #426
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Ah.. yes. Government planned and subsidized, non-tradable highrise housing projects. Such schemes are pretty much universally accepted to have been successes all around the world, right?

It's truly fascinating to watch the Chinese government stubbornly make the same boneheaded mistakes made by American planners back in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #427
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13 urban renewal projects unveiled
2011-July-20 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

THE city’s development and reform commission is seeking public opinion on 13 land redevelopment projects.

The projects were part of the city’s urban renewal plan for 2011 to redevelop land in areas with high-density urban land use, the Daily Sunshine reported yesterday.

Eight of the 13 projects are in Longgang and Bao’an districts and Guangming New Zone.

Eight projects would involve residential development.

Three areas in Luohu and Nanshan districts would be redeveloped for industry, including the jewelry industrial center on Cuizhu Road in Luohu, the industrial zone in Liantang in Luohu and the Nanshan industrial zone.

The reconstruction of the jewelry center would involve 17,191 square meters of land, no less than 15 percent of which would be developed in the public interest.

Involving more than 27,766 square meters of land, the reconstruction of the industrial zone in Liantang would leave at least 7,083 square meters for public projects.

Home to three old industrial parks, the Nanshan industrial zone would see the reconstruction of more than 42,286 square meters, no less than 15 percent of which would be set aside for public projects.

The redevelopment of the Longteng industrial zone in Longgang District involved the largest land area, the paper said.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 05:47 PM   #428
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 06:11 PM   #429
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Districts land usage




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Old July 22nd, 2011, 06:13 PM   #430
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Guimiao area land usage




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Old July 28th, 2011, 05:59 AM   #435
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Nanshan developer makes huge profits
2011-July-25 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

A NANSHAN company has earned hundreds of millions of yuan by acquiring land from the government for nothing in 1998, building and selling commercial and residential property on the land over the past few years, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

The report came on the heels of a recent incident in which thousands of scorpions were found in a residential community in Huawu Alley, Daxin Community in Nanshan District.

Residents claimed the scorpions had been put there by the company, Shenzhen Luosha Construction Development Co. Ltd., to force people to move out to make way for a reconstruction project.

The company and the residents have failed to agree on compensation for relocation. One resident, Chen, said the company had offered 10,000 yuan (US$1,538) per square meter in compensation, which was far below housing values in the area.

The company proposed instead to compensate the residents with apartments it planned to build on the site, the paper said.

However, residents later learned they would be able to live in the apartments for only about 50 years because the government would take back the land and housing without offering compensation. The company admitted it had limited rights to use the land.

The company said its State ownership helped it acquire the land in 1998. The company paid a symbolic 8.08 million yuan for the transfer of the 9,414 square meters.

However, it soon became a private company which developed a 21-story building on 4,000 square meters of land. The building now sold for 20,000 yuan per square meter for residential property and more than 100,000 yuan per square meter for commercial property, the paper said.
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Affordable housing at lowest price
2011-July-27 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

A GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED affordable housing project to be developed in Gongming Subdistrict, Guangming New Zone, was priced at 4,918 yuan (US$761) per square meter, the lowest in recent years.

The Shenzhen Futian Real Estate Co. Ltd. won the bid Monday, yesterday’s Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.

The project will occupy 42,820 square meters with a total construction area of 149,868 square meters and would be completed in three years, a company spokesman said.

The land was sold for 1,234 yuan per square meter with seven developers in the bidding.

The city government has sold seven parcels of land for government housing projects since last October.

The city government offers favorable policies to the winning bidders to keep home prices down.
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First phase of Sea World facelift unveiled
2011-August-2 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

SHEKOU residents have a chance to see how the Sea World will be transformed with the opening of the Experience Center at Sea World yesterday.

The center, near the Minghua ship, is displaying plans for significant renovations of the Sea World area being undertaken by China Merchants Property Development Co. Ltd. (CMPD) with computer-generated images, construction models, interactive media and movies.

A movie outlines the history of Shekou and the Minghua ship. There is also a glimpse of the future Shekou community via a computer-generated 3D movie.

Officials from the Nanshan district government and China Merchants Group also announced the opening of the renovated Sea World Center Plaza. There was a food carnival after the opening ceremony Friday evening and on the following three days, with some 30 restaurants resuming business after the completion of the renovations.

According to CMPD, the major developer of Shekou, the Sea World commercial area under renovation consists of the Ming-hua ship, Center Plaza and areas A, B and C. The entire project will be finished and opened by the end of next year.

Area A: An international boutique shopping mall will combine boutiques of exotic commodities, deluxe Western-style restaurants and themed diet centers.

Area B: A waterside international food street will consist of five buildings with ocean scenery. It will allow customers to experience food from five continents while overlooking the sea.

Area C: An international entertainment center will include a Performance Center and an Ocean Theater.

The Experience Center opens every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.



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Three financial areas planned for SZ
2011-August-5 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

SHENZHEN plans to build three central financial areas around the city, aiming at becoming a national financial center by 2015, according to a reform of the modern service industry announced Wednesday.

The three areas included Caiwuwei in Luohu District, Central Business District (CBD) in Futian and Qianhai-Houhai area in Nanshan District, Thursday’s Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.

According to plans, added value of the financial industry will account for about 15 percent of the city’s GDP in 2015.

Focus will be mainly be in the capital market, business investment and wealth management.

More foreign financial organizations are being encouraged to set up offices and headquarters in the city.

Luohu District will promote urban renewal to become an international shopping center in five years.

By 2015, production volume of the district is expected to be 160 billion yuan (US$20 billion), double the volume in 2009, and the total volume of retail sales will reach 100 billion yuan, an increase of 86 percent over 2009.

Shenzhen will build a modern service industry system with high efficiency and profit in three to five years. The added value of the service industry will reach 900 billion yuan and the number of employees in the industry would account for about 55 percent of the total number of employees in 2015.

Apart from financial areas, the city will also strive to become a global logistics hub with the development of Shenzhen Port and Shenzhen airport. Construction of the commercial area around Shenzhen North Railway Station, the east coastal tourism area, downtown tourism area and western seaside cultural tourism area will also be promoted.
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New address plates installed
2011-August-4 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

SHENZHEN has installed more than 420,000 address plates since March, taking the total number to more than 760,000.

The quick installation was a result of a government regulation on the management of address plates that took effect March 1, yesterday’s Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The regulation requires district governments to pay for the production, installation, daily maintenance of address plates.

Before the regulation was implemented, the installation of address plates had been lagging behind the construction of new buildings. Proprietors or property managers were not willing to pay to install address plates.

There were no address plates to be seen in some residential communities in Bao’an District and Pingshan New Zone.

The large address plates installed after March 1 cost from 105 yuan (US$16) to 125 yuan each. The medium sizes cost from 15 yuan to 26 yuan
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