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Old April 28th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Kwun Tong Town Centre Project | 280m | 170-140m x 4 | Demo

Kwun Tong Town Centre Project(Urban Redevelopment Project)
Project Information (including 2 sites)
Site Area : 53,500 square metres
No. of affected buildings : 24
Estimated no. of affected households : 1,860
Estimated no. of affected property interests : 1,640
Estimated no. of affected people : 4,500
Estimated no. of affected shops : 300
Expected Completion:2015

1 * Mixed Use Landmark Tower -280m
4 * Residential tower -140m-170m













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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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cool design! i love those egg-like thing
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Old April 28th, 2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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April 28, 2007

Kwun Tong redevelopment backed


Urban Renewal Authority Managing Director Billy Lam says the redevelopment project in Kwun Tong town centre has been welcomed by the community.


Speaking on radio talk shows today, Mr Lam said the project will improve the local environment and bring huge economic benefits. About 3,300 job opportunities will be created during the redevelopment period, reducing Hong Kong's unemployment rate by 0.09 %. It will bring the area more than 17,300 job vacancies, almost five times the number of jobs now available there.


Mr Lam said the plot ratio will be reduced from 7.98 to 7.5 after considering views expressed by various sectors, adding that the reduction represents the maximum level of market risk that the authority can take.


He said the project has taken into consideration the interests of various quarters and struck a reasonable balance between development and conservation, environmental protection and the use of development space, and between financial cost control and resident opinion.


The authority will begin property acquisition and rehousing of tenants after the Town Planning Board and the Chief Executive in Council has approved the development plans. The project will be delivered in phases and will be completed in 12 years.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:49 PM   #4
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Great design!

More green in the city is always good!
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #5
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Great!!!
I love the greenery.The smaller towers seems nice too,will wait to see more renders.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:07 AM   #6
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Pictures of existing site : http://www.ura.org.hk/html/c1002054e161e.html

Older news in the Hong Kong section : http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=280358
Kwun Tong's Poverty : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=243206
Transforming these Industrial Districts : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=294507
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #7
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A great project!
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 06:52 PM   #8
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市建局210萬聘社工 防重建戶爆家庭問題
04月 30日 星期一 05:10AM

【明報專訊】觀塘市中心在未來10年逐漸重建,當社會憧憬區內殘破樓宇蛻變成創新地標時,屋簷下重建區居民各有憂慮,業主不懂處理逾百萬元賠償金的「橫財」;租客則擔心搬遷後「捱貴租」。市建局未來兩年將花210萬聘請社工隊,替重建戶作家庭輔導,避免因處理收購安置而引發家庭問題。

低收入戶難捱貴租 料公屋需求增

觀塘是全港第二低收入地區,僅次於深水,市建局根據01年普查數據,進行第一階段重建社會影響評估報告,發現重建區住戶的每月入息中位數為14,210元,較觀塘區的整體入息中位數18,705元少24%。

重建區約住有1200個家庭,四成為自住業主,六成為租戶。租客以每月約700至1000元租住脇位或狹小的板間房,而重建區的租金中位數只有1113元,52%租戶的租金少於2000元,租戶日後難尋找低租單位,公屋將出現大量需求。

市建局每年已預留2000個公屋單位,協助重建戶優先上樓,而早在重建開展前,已聘請港大社會工作及社會行政學系副教授羅致光進行公眾參與及諮詢計劃,讓居民意見有效地向市建局反映,盡快化解重建引發的社區問題。

協助處理賠償安置

市建局於上月正式啟動重建工作,隨即撥款210萬委聘基督教家庭服務中心成立社工隊,未來兩年協助重建戶處理賠償安置等問題。觀塘社工隊長謝素虹表示,低收入家庭因租金低廉和等候收購,才願意忍受重建區的惡劣環境繼續居住。他們不熟悉重建政策,不知等待多年的收購賠償何時實現。

基督教家庭服務中心高級服務經理黎永昌指出,搬遷是家庭壓力根源,昔日在深水重建時,有夫妻因搬屋問題激烈爭吵,誘發丈夫潛在精神病,觸發家庭衝突。此外,業主獲逾百萬元收購賠償金後,家庭成員對如何使用各持己見,子女或要求分家,對新居安排難達共識。

中心服務總監吳家駒表示,未來兩年將集中進行講座介紹重建政策,透過家訪與重建戶建立互信,數年後搬遷行動展開,社工隊則專責協助家庭處理搬遷和子女轉校等實際生活問題。
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 08:17 PM   #9
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The mixed-use tower is very appealing.
It seems that all the big metro stations will get their landmark tower.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 07:04 PM   #10
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There are still a lot of stations along the Kwun Tong Line that need redevelopment, such as Ngau Tau Kok. Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong are the better ones with many redevelopment projects, but it'll take a number of years before these areas shake off their industrial and poorer image.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 07:32 PM   #11
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27/04/2007
A Facelift for Kwun Tong; Studio Interview with Greg So, New Vice-Chairman of DAB; Hong Kong's Media Since the Handover - Not so Independent
RTHK TV Programme


http://www.rthk.org.hk/asx/rthk/tv/t...e/20070427.asx


http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/tv/thepulse/20070427.ram

Kwun Tong is a densely populated district with a high proportion of poor and elderly people. Over the next twelve years its town centre could face major changes. The Urban Renewal Authority recently unveiled plans for a $30 billion redevelopment project that would lower the plot ratio of the area and make it greener. The plan could affect about 5,000 residents, including some 1,600 property owners. But some worry the speculation has already begun, and could make it impossible for those who move out, to ever move back in.

On Tuesday evening Ma Lik was re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, or DAB. Four vice-chairmen were also chosen: Tam Yiu-Chung, Ip Kwok-him, Lau Kong-wah and Greg So, who is new to the post and very much part of the younger generation of DAB members. Greg So joins us in the studio for tonight's show.

Almost ten years has passed since the handover. Celebrations, commemorations, festivities, and pandas are planned. Still, for those who feel that a healthy society needs a vibrant pluralistic media there could be less reason to celebrate. Increasingly, Hong Kong's media organisations are run by businessmen with considerable investments in the mainland, and appointed to public posts by the central government. How likely are they to place a free media's interests ahead of their own?
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Old May 9th, 2007, 10:24 AM   #12
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I just saw it's right across from APM, I like it!

Any news of redevelopment around the Sham Shui Po area?
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Old May 9th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #13
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This project is amazing! Can't wait to see it rise from the earth...
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Old May 9th, 2007, 06:58 PM   #14
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Comments on Kwun Tong Town Centre Redevelopment



We have the following views on the proposed redevelopment:

1. Public Consultation

The wide public consultation undertaken by URA is much appreciated. The establishment of an exhibition centre and collection of residents’ view is supported.

2.Early Implementation of Kwun Tong Town Centre Redevelopment

Since Kwun Tong Town Centre is rather dilapidated, early implementation of redevelopment is beneficial to local residents and Kwun Tong at large.

3. Comprehensive Development Approach

The adoption of Comprehensive Development Approach with re-structuring of land uses is agreed in-principle. However, we would like to stress that a holistic planning approach is not equal to a bull dozer approach. Comprehensive development should give more opportunity to well integration of new development with the existing neighbourhood, better urban design, suitable and timely provision of community facilities and open space to meet the needs of local residents, provision of safe traffic and pedestrian facilities,etc.

4. Land Use Mix

The mix of land use should pay regard to the needs of local residents and market demand in Kwun Tong and the wider context of Kowloon East. Since there are ample commercial floor space provision in Kwun Tong area, there is concern about possible negative competition. In this regard, market viability of the substantial amount of commercial floor area and the functional distribution among other commercial uses in the surrounding, including APM and Mega Tower, etc, should be carefully studied.

On the other hand, we also have concern on gentrification and suggest that a wider range of housing with possibility to accommodate less affluent group should be provided.

5. Development Intensity

There is reservation on the development intensity of the large scale (5.3ha site) redevelopment site. It is noted that most CDA will have a maximum plot ratio of 5. In the proposed Kwun Tong redevelopment, it is given to understand that the roads and ground level open space areas will not be countable for plot ratio calculation and that nearly plot ratio of 1 is dedicated for GIC and PTI uses. It is suggested that a separate calculation be given to reflect the situation.

Nevetheless, the currently proposed development intensity is still considered excessive. It is considered that the developemnt intensity for the area should not exceed that is permissible under the current Outline Zoning Plan. The inclusion of the existing bus termini for GFA calculation may be accepted while the existing road and open space areas should not be accountable for GFA calculation.

The arguement that such a large site will require a lengthy development time frame and increase financial risk and therefore require higher plot ratio to sustain its viability is questioned and should be justified by detail financial assessments. It is suggested that the large site should be resumed and redeveloped in different phases to reduce the risk level and thereby reduce development intensity.

6.Phased Development and Interim Measures for Rehabilitation

In view of the large site area, the development should be phased according to the needs of the community. Priority should be given to transport safety For those buildings falling in sebsequent phases, suitable rehabilitation of the building should be provided by URA to ensure safety and acceptable living standard for the residents.

7. Open Space Provision

The provision of open space should be easily accessable by the all sectors of the public at all times and should open up to at least 2 different streets convenient to local residents ( like Hong Ning Road/ Mut Wah Sreet/ Hip Wo Street). Stepped open space will not be easily accessible by those with special need or the aged is not favourable.

8. Landmark Building

It is noted that a tall landmark building (in one proposal, it is about 280mPD) is proposed. Such height is taller than APM (about 200mPD) by nearly 1/3 and is much taller than other existing buildings in the district. Whether the site should incorprate such a tall landmark building is subjected to detail urban design study.
In fact, the 5.3 ha redevelopment will in itself become a land mark. We would like to stress that a building or development with good design is well qualified to be a landmark building than one with the tallest height.

9. Connectivity

It is crucial to increase the connectivity of KTTC redevelopment with the surrounding areas, providing linkages at different levels for easy access and serving as impetus for further redevelopment in the district.

10. Permeability

The redevelopment should be carefully designed to avoid wall effect and allow for visual permeability and air ventilation in the area. Air ventilation and day light study for the development is supported,.

Betty Ho
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add aesthetics to that, step away from the monotonous apartment towers, good place to start
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Wow, this is a welcome development much better than the usual row of condos...
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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #17
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not bad not bad.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #18
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very nice project!
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Nice project. Seems promising.
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Kwun Tong needs open space badly.
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