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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #81
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Old January 18th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #82
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1 in 7 take offer on Kwun Tong homes
17 January 2009
South China Morning Post

More than one in seven property owners affected by the Urban Renewal Authority's 12-year, HK$30 billion Kwun Tong town-centre redevelopment have already accepted its compensation offer - to the surprise of the project's director.

Some have used the money to buy new flats in Tseung Kwan O.

However, others among the 1,656 flat owners affected are still hoping to secure a better deal than the HK$5,937 per sq ft the authority is offering. Having initially sought HK$9,000 per sq ft, they have revised their demand to HK$7,000 per sq ft.

The authority began buying up properties in the 5.35-hectare redevelopment area last month. Its offer is valid for three months. If owners reject it, they will have to wait until 2013 for a new offer.

Ernest Lee Shu-wing, the project's director, said the response had been more rapid than expected.

"It's just three weeks since we made our offer and already 250 owners have accepted," he said. "Some flats in Kwun Tong are too dilapidated and residents can't wait any longer."

Angela Kwok Yuk-moon, Kwun Tong sales director for Midland Realty, said the offer was a good one, giving owners enough to buy a flat in Laguna City, one of the district's two major private estates.

But Chui Wai, spokesman for a group of owners holding out for HK$7,000 per sq ft, said Tseung Kwan O was too far from Kwun Tong and Laguna City, built in 1992, too old.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 03:43 PM   #83
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觀塘重建收購 成本減半至9億
17 January 2009
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【本報訊】(記者 譚靜雯)市建局宣布以呎價近6,000元收購觀塘市中心進行重建,出價後短短3個星期,已有超過200個受重建影響的自住物業業主接受收購建議,佔住宅單位總數約3成。不過,市建局物業及土地總監溫兆華表示,最初預計要動用約18億元進行收購/安置,但估計在90日的收購期內,可能只會動用多於一半的金額,即約9億元,即意味收購成本較預期少。

迄今3成業主接受出價

市建局觀塘項目總監李樹榮表示,受觀塘重建影響的住宅單位約有1,300個,當中有600至700個屬自住物業業主,自提出收購建議後,觀塘重建的收購進度良好,並較預期快,至今現有逾200個自住物業業主接受收購建議,平均每個單位的收購金額介乎240至250萬元,共涉及約5億元的收購/安置成本。而業主接受收購建議後約1個月可取得3成的賠償金,料農曆新年後會有更多重建戶置業。他說,200個商舖中,已有5間商舖接受市建局的收購價,當中不乏一些月租高達10多萬元的「大舖」。

受金融海嘯影響,本港樓市前景不明朗。市建局物業及土地總監溫兆華表示,不少重建戶選擇這個時候接受收購,相信業主收到賠償金後都是自住為主,當中同區的淘大花園、麗港城、匯景花園,以及鑽石山的星河明居等較受重建戶歡迎。他說,月華街地盤最快本年中招標建約250個住宅單位。
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #84
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Kwun Tong tower needs 20-metre cut
24 January 2009
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The Town Planning Board decided yesterday that a 68-storey building proposed for a revamped Kwun Tong town centre would have to be lowered by 20 metres to avoid becoming an eyesore.

Board members said they were not satisfied with the Urban Renewal Authority's justifications for the 280-metre height of the office-and-hotel tower, which would stand 80 metres above surrounding buildings.

The URA says the proposed tower will meet residents' requests for a landmark in the centre of Kwun Tong.

The board last month delayed approval of the plan pending assurances that it would not create air flow problems or become an eyesore.

The URA argued that a taller, slimmer tower would allow for more ventilation corridors between the tower and any surrounding blocks.

But the Planning Department, in advising board members, said the argument could "hardly be convincing" because the authority's assessment showed the 280-metre tower would only marginally increase air flow when compared with a 220metre structure. The authority checked only the air flow impact of two scenarios: for buildings that were 220 metres and 280 metres tall.

The board approved the master layout plan for the Kwun Tong project, though, as a condition, it required the authority to lower the centrepiece's height by about five storeys, to 260 metres.

Board member and Kwun Tong district councillor Nelson Chan Wah-yu, who had advocated a tall landmark, said he understood the concerns of his fellow members.

"A height reduction will be acceptable to residents as long as the building design is attractive," he said.

The authority has also proposed adding a public observation deck on the 61st-storey to allow for 360-degree panoramic views over the future Kai Tak cruise terminal, Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui and Quarry Bay. The deck will include food and drink facilities, and souvenir shops.

Members approved the idea but asked the URA to make sure it would be freely accessible by the public and not incorporated into the hotel area.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #85
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20 m cut... What difference does 20 m make? Apparently enough to alter its perception from "landmark" to "eyesore".

But I like the idea of a public observation deck.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #87
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市建局計錯數重建戶少收百多萬
26 January 2009

【東方日報專訊】今日是大年初一,踏入牛年,觀塘舊區重建計劃將全速進行,不過市區重建局疑計錯數,低估了收購物業的面積。觀塘僑昌大廈業主收到市建局的收購信,赫然發現單位「縮水」了約二百平方呎,以每平方呎近六千元的收購呎價計算,少收賠償額達到百多萬元,業主們已委聘測量師向市建局提交報告覆核。

市建局回應說,收到業主報告後會由顧問核對資料,尤其是核對屋宇署的建築圖則;若發覺面積有需要調整,會修改收購價,並於農曆新年假期後盡快通知業主。若業主覆核成功,這相信是他們牛年收到的一封大利是。

被指報大數 想多收錢

僑昌大廈位於康寧道和物華街交界,樓齡四十多年,樓高三層,每層有十個單位,當中D、F室疑被市建局低估面積。有F室業主說,單位建築面積達七百多平方呎,差餉物業估價署亦指其單位實用面積有五百八十平方呎,以此面積來收差餉,但當收到市建局出價信時嚇了一跳,因市建局指其單位實用面積不足四百平方呎,賠償額只得二百四十多萬元。

該業主表示,當向市建局職員查問時,職員竟指他「報大數,想收多點錢」,令他十分不滿,覺得市建局很離譜。他和其他業主已委聘測量師計算單位面積,並已向市建局提交報告。

業主委聘的測量師李永鈞說,他為觀塘十多座大廈計算面積,與市建局一樣,同樣以從屋宇署取得的建築圖則為依歸,得出數字有些少出入,但多數問題不大,因為建築圖則年代久遠,有些地方模糊不清,出現些少偏差不足為奇,只是僑昌大廈D、F室合共六個單位相差卻很明顯。

李永鈞說:「當時我覺得好奇怪,都驚自己計錯,落去現場睇番,再參考埋屋契,結果都係同我計算按啓合,我懷疑市建局睇錯圖!」他指F室相差約二百呎,D室更相差達二百多呎。

觀塘市中心區重建業主立案法團大聯盟秘書劉偉忠也說:「市建局計錯數好離譜,令業主少收百幾萬;差餉署評估按面積亦較市建局多好多,這已是好有力按證據。」市建局回應時承諾,收到業主報告後會核對資料,若發現需要調整,會在新春假期後盡快通知業主。
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市建局:觀塘重建項目已取得三成業權;將獲撥款加大樓宇復修計劃
23 February 2009
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《經濟通通訊社23日專訊》市建局主席張震遠表示,下個財政年度,政府會撥款加大樓宇復修計劃,惠及更多業主及樓宇,但他無透露款額。

張震遠透露,市建局觀塘市中心的重建項目,已取得30%業權,其中60%自住業主已交出業權。張氏有信心在下月底限期前,可以收購更多物業。至於同區的月華街及灣仔利東街的重建計劃,他說要視乎市場環境,若沒有發展商參與,可能要推遲發展。
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觀塘重建戶 覓新居選將軍澳四大屋苑
21 March 2009
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受市建局收購重建影響,一批觀塘重建戶業主須四出睇樓另覓居所,不少選擇搬往離觀塘區不遠的將軍澳屋苑,當中以將軍澳中心、將軍澳廣場、新都城及東港城較受歡迎。

觀塘重建戶選擇將軍澳屋苑作為日後居所,主因是將軍澳距離原先居住的觀塘區只隔數個港鐵站,樓齡亦較新,部分屋苑樓價與市建局的賠償金額相差無幾,加上在觀塘區未有大型商場apm之前,不少區內居民會前往將軍澳新都城商場購物,故對該區有一定熟悉,較易融入。

揀近港鐵站住宅

屋苑選擇方面,當然以近港鐵站的屋苑優先,且揀樓會以擁有大型商場的寶琳站開始,即會先睇區內最大型屋苑新都城,再視乎需要,轉往其他屋苑如坑口站的東港城,以及將軍澳站的將軍澳中心及將軍澳廣場。重建戶業主鮮少是年輕一輩,不少為有子有女的中年人士,亦有子女均已遷出另居的年長夫婦,故除3房單位外,2 房單位亦是他們的選擇,不過因賠償金額是以原先居住單位的實用面積計算,故此選擇時多會以賠償金額的多寡來決定。

賠償金方面,不論層數高低,市建局開出以每方呎實用面積5,937元作收購,以市場一般計算的建築面積來計,建築面積平均呎價4,750元,足夠買平均呎價約3,500元左右的將軍澳屋苑。

3房入場費250萬

以一個現居於實用面積約500方呎的重建戶而言,可得約297萬元賠償,可買面積相若,如2房面積約500至600方呎的將軍澳中心及將軍澳廣場,入場價約210萬至230萬元。亦可選擇新都城及東港城面積約700方呎的3房單位,該類型單位入場價約250萬元,買入單位後仍有數十萬元餘款。雖然會有重建戶選擇將賠償金額全數用來買樓,但因不少重建戶業主已屆退休之齡,沒有一定入息,故不少業主並不會將所有賠償金放在買樓之上,反會特意選擇較賠償金額為低的單位,用意希望將餘錢用在退休生活上。

中原地產助理區域營業董事李玉祥表示,1月份將軍澳區的睇樓客佔20%為觀塘重建戶,亦帶動該區成交量,「1月份整個將軍澳區錄得約250宗成交,平均呎價3,500元,2月份則錄得約190宗成交,平均呎價約為3,600元,呎價上升約2至3%。」他續指,因重建戶需等賠償金到手,故此已着意聯絡該區未交吉的放盤業主,因該類業主需時換樓,較願意提供長成交期予觀塘重建戶一眾買家。
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URA steps up Kwun Tong negotiations
31 March 2009
Hong Kong Standard

The Urban Renewal Authority is to step up negotiations with owners who have yet to accept offers to sell their properties on the site of the Kwun Tong town center redevelopment project.

At the end of a 90-day offer period, 66 percent of so-called property interests agreed to sell their properties.

The authority acquired the consent of 1,088 property interests, out of a total of 1,657.

The percentage was higher among owner-occupiers of residential properties _ 97 percent of them accepted compensation offers.

``We are pleased with the progress of the acquisitions made so far, which demonstrates the enthusiastic support and cooperation of the property owners in project,'' said the authority's director of acquisition and clearance, Joseph Lee King-chi.

``It also shows that the offer price is fair and reasonable.''

Owner-occupiers are generally anxious to improve their living environment, according to the authority.

``Our initial records show that the majority of owner-occupiers have already started looking for a replacement flat, either near Kwun Tong or in Tseung Kwan O,'' Lee said.

Flats in the vicinity in projects such as Laguna City and Sceneway Garden are priced at between HK$3,700 per square foot and HK$4,100 psf, according to Centaline Property Agency.

The authority will continue negotiations with the remaining property owners who have yet to sell their interests to the agency.

Last December, the authority offered HK$5,937 psf of saleable area for a notional seven-year-old apartment on the site of the Kwun Tong town center project.

When the authority's offer price was first announced, some residents had been demanding as much as HK$13,000 psf.
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Nice to see one of the most interesting projects worldwide because of the intense focus on praks and vegetation, perfectly fitted in the complex... Cool design, nice general floor plan !
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Nice to see one of the most interesting projects worldwide because of the intense focus on praks and vegetation, perfectly fitted in the complex... Cool design, nice general floor plan !
Yes, if they try to pull a big skyscraper project and podiums with no public access, I think there will be great revolt among the populace.

The green movement seems to be picking up pace very rapidly in HK.
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Opinion : Urban 'renewal' is more about removal of low-income families
27 April 2009
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I refer to the letter by Angela Tang of the Urban Renewal Authority ("One of URA's priorities is helping disadvantaged residents", April 14).

She says the URA helps "residents in old districts improve their living conditions" and proceeds to recount the tale of one family affected by its Kwun Tong redevelopment. It transpires that the family resettled in Lam Tin, not in Kwun Tong. As has been pointed out before, there is not one URA redevelopment project that has benefited the original residents of the area by providing them with better living conditions within the same area.

Ms Tang says the URA helps tenants who qualify to move to public housing flats. These are no doubt in out of-the-way districts like Tin Shui Wai. Clearing out lower-income families from urban sites coveted by property developers as comprehensive development zones - in plain language, massive developments that decimate community relationships and extinguish alleys and even entire streets to maximise density - is, after all, the raison d'etre of the URA.

When referring to the provision of "big open spaces [that] offer much-needed retreats in the built-up urban area" Ms Tang refers to Cosco Tower. Although built in 1998, it is only recently that people have been allowed to sit down on this plaza - when the public became aware of its rights to, and the location of, public open spaces.

One might wonder also why the URA is not singing the praises of the soon-to-be-launched URA/New World Hanoi Road redevelopment with its promised 1,200 square metres of landscaped public open space and widened public pavements on the perimeter.

A walk around the block reveals why. The open space has been covered by a massive canopy and ventilation blocked by a multi-storey footbridge. It has all the appearance of a badly-designed aircraft hangar. The landscaping consists of two planter boxes and three palm trees that look ready to keel over.

Oh, and there is not a single original resident anywhere in sight, a developer's dream come true, thanks again to the sterling efforts of the URA.

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市區重建局重建觀塘市中心,傳3億元購得匯豐銀行全幢
26 April 2009
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市區重建局重建觀塘市中心,正積極與裕民坊內5大家族及業權人洽商收購,目標配合今年中定出住宅及交通交匯處的具體發展時間表。有消息指,市建局將以3億元向匯豐銀行購得裕民坊匯豐銀行全幢,局方正密鑼緊鼓與霍英東家族、邵逸夫旗下的南國物業管理進行收購。

裕民坊業權分散,早年在區內置業的老牌家族及藍籌銀行,包括霍英東家族持有的觀塘道裕民坊大廈,除地舖屬恆生銀行外,其餘樓層均由霍家擁有;另邵逸夫透過旗下南國物管理公司,持有同仁街美都大廈,176份業權中,邵氏佔100份,其餘22份屬商舖,54份屬住宅所有。

據了解,霍氏家族及邵氏均未決定向市建局出售業權,而率先接受收購價的,是馬清偉家族大生地產(00089)持有的裕華大廈,最近宣布以1﹒236億元售予市建局。

另一有機會短期內完成交易的,預料是裕民坊一號匯豐銀行共5層全幢。《香港經濟日報》
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大廈變空城 治安恐惡化
20 April 2009

【明報專訊】觀塘市中心收購成功率超出預期,下月將是自住業主搬離重建區的高峰期,原來大廈將十室九空,法團已無法運作,只剩下非自住的業主另組法團,管理質素成疑。有大廈前法團主席促市建局盡快接手,否則等候安置的區內租客將面對治安問題。

料下月搬遷高峰

據市建局的地區調查,重建區約住有1200個家庭,約四成為自住業主,六成為租戶;不少租客平均以每月約700至1000元租住牀位或板間房,租金中位數約1113元。市建局上月底完成首期收購,約500個住宅自住業主中,97%已接受收購,整體業權收購比例約66%。但逾700個租客則有待上樓及補償安置,未有搬遷期限。

以裕民坊國泰大樓為例,50個單位中已有約20個接受收購。法團前主席徐瑋表示,已接受200多萬元補償,並在將軍澳購置新居,準備在5至6月間遷出,其他自住業主亦準備完成交吉程序,估計最快下月踏入搬遷高峰期。

他說,他和大部分法團成員現已失去業主身分,無權再管理大廈,部分拒接納補償的非自住業主,正準備重組法團,但他們長期不在大廈,管理質素成疑。他坦言﹕「自住業主走後,大廈已十室九空,但仍有很多租客要等6至7年才離開,居住時面對治安問題。市建局回覆稱會照交管理費,卻不會全面接管大廈。」

籲市建局接手管理

觀塘分區諮詢委員會成員余冠威說﹕「空置單位衛生情况欠佳,居民甚至會留下食物殘渣任由腐爛,但市建局收樓鎖上大門便算,道友也會走來非法佔用,治安問題教人擔心」他指個別大廈的管理處保安缺乏執法能力,促市建局為整個地區訂下保安策略。
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URA goes green with $270m upgrades
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Urban Renewal Authority plans to spend about HK$270 million on environment-friendly upgrades for Wan Chai's Lee Tung Street and Kwun Tong town center redevelopment projects.

The green drive is to encourage developers and the community to adopt more environment-friendly practices, authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun- yuen said yesterday.

The authority's new policy on environmental sustainability covers designs and devices to improve energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling.

It promotes greening, the use of eco- friendly building materials and reducing construction waste, and will be applied to future urban renewal initiatives and be binding on prospective developers.

Costing about 2 percent of total development costs, the environmental add- ons will be piloted at the Lee Tung Street development, which will receive HK$20 million to serve as a landmark and testbed for the new policy.

Cheung said the upgrades will reduce carbon emissions by up to 23 percent, or the carbon-saving equivalent of about 17 percent of the one million trees planted by the government annually.

The tender for the HK$2 billion project was launched on Monday last week and will close on June 15.

Eco-upgrades to the HK$30 billion Kwun Tong town center project are expected to cost HK$250 million.

Project add-ons include sun-shading for windows, energy efficient lighting, lifts and escalators, and water-cooled air- conditioning and heat recovery systems.

Cheung said the authority is happy to foot the bill, but he hopes growing awareness will lead to an industry-wide shift to developers and buyers shouldering the costs of going green.

The authority is also exploring the use of high thermal performance fabrics in windows to improve insulation and cut the "heat island" effect. Solar-power street lamps are being considered too.

Lower lighting power and densities will be explored through light emitting diode fixtures, along with more efficient air-conditioning devices including carbon dioxide detectors to regulate the amount of fresh air drawn.
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觀塘重建 賠償乃燙手山芋
15 May 2009
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市區重建局剛公布在為期三個月的收購期內,已成功收購觀塘市中心重建項目中的1,088個物業業權,即佔1,657個總業權數目約六成六,當中自住住宅物業接受收購建議的比率更達百分之九十七;從而反映出觀塘居民對重建的期待云云。

賠償事關利益 諮詢難達共識

事實上,對於今次的重建計劃仍有部分持份者感到不滿意,作為執行機構的市建局究竟有否盡力滿足和解決相關的問題呢?筆者嘗試從規劃及賠償這二方面作客觀的評審。

首先,早前城規會審議市建局提交的觀塘市中心重建發展規劃大綱申請時,要求市建局再作若干的修訂,特別是針對重建後地標建築的高度及其設施用途。既然市區重建目的是為改善市民生活、更生市容為本,市建局也不妨再作修訂的考慮。結果市建局最終修改了其發展計劃,將樓宇層數降低以回應城規會的意見,雖然有批評重建項目的地積比率仍高,但相對過往的重建項目,今次市建局的做法算相當克制。

話說回來,對受影響的居民來說,賠償問題始終是最貼身的,但對市建局來說,亦如其主席所言「賠償往往是市區重建的燙手山芋」,換句話說,市建局很多時會被賠償金額多寡,來決定其工作的合法性和合理性。然而這指標則因人而異,例如重置居所大細、樓齡和位置等各有喜好,結果爭拗無可避免,最後市建局當然被質疑其重建工作的合理性。因此無論其做了多少場的諮詢會和工作坊,到頭來反被批評-收購「撳住搶」和無視「以民為本」重建理念。無論面對如何的批評,市建局所持的理念若是面對居民合理的要求,而能力許可的話必須納之,相反無理的必抗之。不過筆者仍覺得市建局的若能多些寬容實有助解決受重建影響居民的困難。

而觀塘市中心重建所引起的賠償爭拗,正好讓讀者們了解重建困難之處,何謂合理賠償?是不易釐定標準的。依據市建局日前正式公布觀塘收購呎價約為6,000元,差不多是現時物業市值的2.5倍,此呎價由十一位測計師所釐定出的平均呎價,照理應甚具代表性,惟代表業主的測計師指呎價應為8,000多元,雙方差距接近四成幾,因此引起業主不滿,並強調不會接受收購。問題相信出於雙方選取的參考物業位置和區域不同,引致結果差異,舉例說你認為觀塘區與金鐘、天后、佐敦、藍田、鑽石山和牛頭角那個區份的人口結構、居住環境、職業和人均收入較接近呢?相信不同市民有不同標準,難以比較,誠然要把雙方的分歧縮窄顯然不是易事,但綜觀其他專業意見似乎也認同市建局出價合理及符合市場的估計,因此我相信市建局在這方面會堅持其原則。

倡聘第三方測計師 評估呎價

但從今次事件中凸顯幾個事項,市建局需要再跟進的,第一,如何協助賠償額足以重置物業的居民,而當中絕大部分居於不足400呎的單位內的;第二,計算賠償應修訂以建築或售樓面積為量度準則,避免因用實用面積令業主混淆以為存心少給賠償;第三,參照外國經驗由發展局邀請合資格測計師,受聘為獨立第三方的測計師作呎價評估,前提是市建局及受影響業主均需一致承認獨立測計師的評估結果,避免事後爭拗。筆者這幾個建議希望有助改善目前重建收購的困局。
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Urban Renewal Authority Plans HKD Bond Issue -Source
23 June 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's Urban Renewal Authority will seek to raise HK$1 billion-HK$2 billion from a local-currency bond issue in the second half, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The local-currency bond market in East Asia is expanding as more governments and companies turn to their domestic debt markets for financing amid the credit crunch in developed economies.

Local bankers said investors in Hong Kong are hungry for safer investment and local-currency bonds by reputable issuers will probably be very well received.

The Urban Renewal Authority, which redevelops old neighborhoods in Hong Kong, plans to mandate banks to arrange the bond sale as soon as next month, the person said.

URA is redeveloping several projects in Hong Kong. The Kwun Tong Town Centre Project in east Kowloon is its biggest single project at present and will require investment of up to HK$12 billion.

The Kwun Tong project has a site area of 53,500 square meters and URA plans to develop it into mixed residential and commercial use with a gross floor area of 401,250 square meters, it said on its Web site.

URA's cash on hand totals more than HK$10 billion, the Web site said.

URA is government body in which all 15 members of the board are appointed by Hong Kong's chief executive.

URA doesn't have any credit ratings, but as a government body its implied ratings are those of the Hong Kong government. Hong Kong's sovereign debt is rated AA-plus by Standard & Poor's and AA by Fitch Ratings.

The latest local-currency bonds in Hong Kong were issued by blue-chip utility Hong Kong & China Gas Co., which raised HK$1.10 billion in 10-year and 15-year bonds late last month.

The Hong Kong government said it intends to sell bonds worth up to HK$100 billion - mostly in Hong Kong dollars and a small fraction of it will be in U.S. dollars - in tranches over the coming years.

The government has said the market will likely able to absorb around HK$10 billion to HK$20 billion worth of government bonds every year.

But Anita Fung, Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corp.'s head of global markets in Asia Pacific, said last month: "Given Hong Kong dollar deposits exceed HK$3 trillion, excluding funds held by insurers and institutional investors, HK$100 billion is only a small fraction and will be absorbed by the market easily."
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市建局勁蝕45億擬發債融資
17 June 2009
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由於須為觀塘市中心重建項目作大額撥備,市建局去年度錄得自成立八年以來最大虧損,達四十五億元。局方擬於今年落實發債及銀行融資。 發展局表示,去年的虧損中,約有四十億元是為觀塘市中心項目作虧損撥備。有測量師表示,撥備與去年整體樓市大跌有關;現在樓市雖然回升,但整個項目發展期長達十二年,期間樓價波動都可能影響回報。

觀塘項目撥備40億第一太平戴維斯估值及專業顧問董事總經理陳超國表示,一般重建項目有利可圖之處在於舊樓未盡用地積比,重建可增加樓面面積;但該區的規劃被降低了地積比(由八倍降至七點五倍,削減住宅面積二十八萬八千方呎),又降低了高度限制,削弱發展潛力,故整個項目要虧本亦是意料之中。因應社會訴求,市建局的發展策略有所改變,除多次降低發展密度外,亦注重強化保育元素。去年十一月該局決定,大幅縮減士丹頓街項目的重建樓面,部分改為復修,又削減四成半總樓面面積,令項目由賺錢變虧本。發展局局長林鄭月娥(下圖)曾表示,倘為文化保育工作,即使項目錄得虧蝕亦值得支持。市建局主席張震遠於三月曾表示,觀塘重建計劃中,自住業主中已有超過八成接納收購方案,收購進度理想。

學者料發債逾10億美元根據市建局業務綱領,未來五年將推出十五個項目,以及繼續推行三十九個項目,預計所需總開支二百零二億元。而截至今年三月底,該局持現金七十七億元。發展局表示,資金缺口除批出項目讓資金回流外,市建局亦將於今年度發債及向銀行借貸。在此之前,市建局從未曾向外舉債。中大工商管理學院副院長蘇偉文表示,發債的成本低於銀團貸款,由於要抵銷手續費,因此,發債券規模不少於十億美元。他表示,即使香港債市不活躍,對其發債亦影響不大,因為不少基金如退休基金等都願意持有債券收息直至期滿。去年十二月,標準普爾給予市建局「AA+」信貸評級。不少公營機構透過發債集資,九鐵於四月推出三十億美元的中期債券計劃,由花旗銀行、德意志銀行及滙豐銀行安排,主要用作償還未來十二個月合共二十億美元的債券及票據,以及支付九龍南線尚餘工程開支。九鐵借此在國際資本市場以多種貨幣、利率結構及年期發行債務證券■
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觀塘業權已購8成 冀年底動工
24 June 2009
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【本報訊】(記者 譚靜雯)市區重建局歷來最大型的觀塘市中心重建項目,該局至今已成功收購約80%物業業權,其中,自住物業業主的收購比率更高達97%,成為該局成立以來反應最踴躍的一次,打破歷來的收購紀錄。

收購順利 呎價4800至5900

市建局主席張震遠表示,月華街巴士總站將於今年7月搬往福塘道後騰出的地盤,市建局最快下半年招標,月華街首階段重建工程可望年底前動工,預計最快2013年落成。

觀塘市中心重建項目共有1,657個物業業權,市建局去年年底提出以實用面積每平方呎價5,973元,即建築面積約每平方呎價 4,800元收購有關業權。張震遠表示,受觀塘重建影響的物業收購進度順利,反映市建局提出的收購建議公平、合理,而部分業主領取賠償後,已在觀塘或將軍澳購入新居所。

另方面,市建局跟進130名自住物業業主獲賠償後的置業去向,調查發現,40%業主在觀塘重置物業、於將軍澳、九龍東置業的則分別佔15%,其餘30%人士則在其他地區置業。
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