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Old January 4th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #41
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Public demand to set pace of HOS flat sales
31 October 2009
South China Morning Post

Future sales of the Home Ownership Scheme flats will depend on the public response to the latest batch, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said yesterday.

Cheng was speaking on the first day of the sale of 1,392 HOS flats, which are among the 16,000 surplus the Housing Authority started to sell in phases from 2007. The authority plans to sell another 4,000 flats next year.

"We will launch the remaining flats in phases in an orderly way. Of course, we will watch the public response," Cheng said, adding the government would be prudent about the timing.

The public response has been overwhelming, with thousands of people flocking to see show flats and snap up application forms at the authority's customer services centre. According to the Housing Authority, 22,000 people had visited the show flats by 7pm yesterday.

About 20 people had lined up outside the customer services centre in Lok Fu before it opened at 8am and by midday about 5,000 people had picked up forms, with each person entitled to up to three forms.

Among them were parents taking forms for their children, newly married couples who could only afford to buy a subsidised flat, young people and homeowners hoping to move from small flats to bigger ones.

The latest batch comprises 370 flats in Yau Chui Court, Yau Tong, and 1,022 scattered around Kowloon and the New Territories. The cheapest is a 280 sq ft flat in Po Ming Court, Tseung Kwan O, priced at HK$460,000 while the most expensive ones are seaview flats on upper floors at Yau Chui Court, which are selling for HK$2.29 million each.

Wong Pang-kui, who lives in a rented flat in North Point with his wife and child, was looking for a 400 sq ft flat in Yau Tong. With a family income of around HK$10,000, he said the prices of some HOS flats were more expensive than he had expected.

"It is not good to have such high prices, like over HK$2 million for a flat in Yau Chui Court," he said, adding he hoped the government would build more HOS flats "to give more options".

The huge number of bargain hunters weakened the confidence of Man Chun-kit, 26, who wants to buy a flat and get married. "I never expected there would be so many people," he said. "I've been working a few years and need to move out my parents' house."

Construction of HOS flats was suspended in 2002 to help stabilise the property market. The scheme allows people who cannot afford private homes to buy flats at subsidised prices.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #42
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LDAC supports proposed conversion of industrial building in Yau Tong
13 May 2010
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The Land and Development Advisory Committee (LDAC) at its meeting today (May 13) supported the proposed conversion of a flatted industrial building in Yau Tong for hotel and commercial uses.

The proposal, submitted by Ever Sun International Holdings Limited, will convert Wing Shan Industrial Building in Yau Tong for hotel cum commercial uses, including exposition space and gallery, hotel and catering facilities, shops and services, storage, packaging and delivery services.

Members supported the proposal to set back the existing building by 20 metres to provide space for a waterfront promenade along Yau Tong Bay for public enjoyment.

Members also noted that the proposal was broadly in line with the Government's policy to promote revitalisation of industrial buildings through wholesale conversion. Compared with redevelopment, the proposal is more sustainable and environmentally friendly, as it puts a currently under-utilised industrial building to more productive uses and helps reduce the construction waste that might be generated.

The proposal is subject to the Town Planning Board's approval. It will not be eligible for a nil waiver fee as the building is not situated in one of the designated planning zones where the new revitalisation measure is applicable.

At today's meeting, the LDAC also gave its support to the proposed relocation of Kowloon City Baptist Church (KCBC) from its existing building at Argyle Street to a new purpose-designed building at Tung Lei Road, Kowloon City.

Members noted that this proposed project would provide the necessary space for KCBC to meet the growing needs for religious and social services of the Kowloon City community, such as worship services, fellowship activities, and the church's community outreach services for youth, the elderly and families.

Members were also consulted on preliminary proposals by the Steering Committee on Review of the Urban Renewal Strategy (URS) on the future directions of urban renewal strategy. The review of the urban renewal strategy, launched by the Development Bureau in July 2008, is now into its final and most important stage: consensus building.

Members generally welcomed the steering committee's preliminary proposals. The Development Bureau will continue to listen to public views and re-draft the URS by the end of this year.
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10-year wait on harbourside homes to end
Project to build 5,200 small to medium-sized flats on old docks in East Kowloon bay goes before planning board after decade of revisions
Friday, 08 February, 2013, 12:00am
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A massive private development in east Kowloon big enough to provide 5,200 flats in the next six years will be scrutinised by the Town Planning Board today after staying on the drawing board for a decade.

The Planning Department says, in a paper advising the board, that it has "no in-principle objection" to the Yau Tong Bay project proposed by a consortium led by Henderson Land Development.

"The application site is readily available for construction and would provide a significant number of small to medium-sized residential flats to meet the market demand," the developers have said, according to the paper.

The site, covering a total area of 99,000 square metres beside the Eastern Harbour Tunnel and zoned as a "comprehensive development area", is formerly an industrial area occupied by dockyards and wood workshops.

The project has been revised several times since it was first proposed in 2002. It now comprises 28 apartment blocks, four hotels, shops, and facilities for children and families, and is intended to be completed in two phases - the first by 2017 and the second by 2019.

A marina has been dropped because of technical difficulties and legal restrictions on reclamation from the harbour. A harbourside promenade will be built by the developers and it will link up with Yau Tong MTR station.

The consortium has acquired 83 per cent of the land, with the rest owned by the government and a few individual landlords, including an industrialist who wants to convert his factory block into a hotel.

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