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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:45 PM   #21
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Free tickets for Mong Kok Stadium reopening and international football match
Friday, October 28, 2011
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The Mong Kok Stadium has taken on a new look after substantial improvement work. To celebrate the reopening of the stadium, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has arranged a launch ceremony on November 15 (Tuesday) to be immediately followed by the stadium's first friendly international football match.

The reopening ceremony will start at 7.15pm and the international football friendly match - Hong Kong Youth Representative Team vs Russian National Youth Team - will kick off at 7.30pm.

Free tickets for the Mong Kok Stadium Reopening Ceremony will be available for collection from November 1 (Tuesday). Public admission will begin at 6.30pm.

Free admission tickets are available to the public at the District Leisure Services Offices of the LCSD in the 18 districts or at the Hong Kong Football Association, 55, Fat Kwong Street, Homantin, Kowloon, from November 1. Each person is entitled to two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Addresses and telephone numbers of the District Leisure Services Offices are set out in the attachment, and are also available on the LCSD homepage (www.lcsd.gov.hk). For enquiries, please call 2895 7926.

"There will be a variety of programmes at the ceremony, including cheering teams, a drum performance, a lion and dragon dance as well as Police marching bands," said a spokesman for the LCSD.

"Spectators will each receive a limited edition souvenir which is specially designed to celebrate the reopening of the stadium. The souvenir will only be distributed to spectators coming to the stadium on November 15 for them to share the joy of this special occasion and to make this meaningful day more memorable."

The spokesman called on members of the public who obtain admission tickets to treasure this opportunity and attend the reopening ceremony as scheduled. Those who are unable to turn up on the day due to unforeseen circumstances may pass the tickets to their relatives and friends so as to avoid wastage.

Located at 37, Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Mong Kok Stadium is one of the city's major venues for football matches and community events. The stadium closed for improvement works in September 2009 and reopened in October this year. The renovated Mong Kok Stadium offers more than 6 600 individual seats, of which some 3 300 are covered. The number of wheelchair seats has been increased to 42.

The redeveloped Mong Kok Stadium, with its more refined, safer and more comfortable facilities, can better meet the rising expectations of user groups and public. It is suitable for staging high-level and international football matches and is conducive to the promotion and long-term development of local football.
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Public invited to join Mong Kok Stadium re-opening
Monday, October 31, 2011
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Mong Kok Stadium, after a facelift, has become a new landmark in its district. It has been refurbished with a modern outlook and green features, and the entrance has been styled into a landscaped area that blends in harmoniously with the adjacent Flower Market and bird garden.Members of the public now have a chance to watch good shows and a football match at the stadium free of charge and enjoy its up-to-date facilities.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold a ceremony on November 15 (Tuesday) to celebrate the re-opening of the stadium. In addition to performances, the first international football friendly match will also be held at the redeveloped stadium on that day. Free admission tickets will be distributed starting from tomorrow (November 1).

The free tickets will be available for collection at the District Leisure Services Offices of the LCSD in 18 districts and at the Hong Kong Football Association, 55 Fat Kwong Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, from tomorrow. Each person will be able to obtain two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please refer to the attachment for the addresses and telephone numbers of the 18 District Leisure Services Offices, or visit the LCSD homepage (www.lcsd.gov.hk). Enquiries can be made by calling 2895 7926.

The re-opening ceremony of Mong Kok Stadium will start at 7.15pm and the football friendly match will begin at 7.30pm. The Hong Kong Youth Representative Team will play the Russian National Youth Team. The Russian team has participated in the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) European Under-19 Championship, making it a big challenge for the Hong Kong team to confront such a strong and experienced opponent. Spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy watching the great skills of the Russian team.

A series of performances starting at 6.30pm and featuring cheering teams, a drum presentation, a dragon and lion dance and police marching bands will also be staged. Spectators will be admitted from 6.30pm that evening.

A complimentary souvenir, specially designed to commemorate the re-opening of Mong Kok Stadium and produced in a limited quantity, will be distributed to those attending the event on November 15 for them to keep with them the good memories.

The LCSD has called on ticket holders not to miss the opportunity and to turn up on time. If any of the ticket holders cannot attend the ceremony that evening due to unexpected engagements, they are advised to transfer the tickets to relatives and friends to pass on the chance to others.

Mong Kok Stadium, located at 37 Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, has long been the major venue for the First Division Football League games and other football matches. The stadium was closed for major renovation works in September 2009 and was re-opened in mid-October this year.

The redeveloped stadium features a theme of environmental protection, and is equipped with energy-saving facilities as well as a solar hot water system and a rainwater recycling system. The original benches for spectators have been replaced with individual seats and some are covered. An increased number of wheelchair spaces and facilities for persons with disabilities, together with other modern installations, make the stadium suitable for hosting high-level and international football matches, helping to further the development of local football.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #24
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Mong Kok Stadium to host its first international friendly football match after re-opening
Friday, November 11, 2011
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The first international friendly football match at the redeveloped Mong Kok Stadium, which will see the Hong Kong Youth Representative Team play the Russian National Youth Team, will kick off on November 15 (Tuesday). Ticket holders should not miss this exciting match.

Mong Kok Stadium was re-opened with a new look in mid-October after major renovation works. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold a ceremony next Tuesday to celebrate its re-opening. The international friendly football match will be held immediately after the ceremony.

"The Russian National Youth Team has taken part in various European Under-19 Football Championships. They are experienced and some of the team's elite players are hoping to take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia," a spokesman for the LCSD said today (November 11).

"In facing such a strong opponent, the Hong Kong Youth Representative Team has strengthened its training to prepare for a tough match. They hope to take this opportunity to gain more experience and to enhance their skill."

Apart from the friendly match, the ceremony will feature a host of programmes including cheering teams and drum performances, a lion and dragon dance, and a Hong Kong Police Band performance. Spectators will each receive a souvenir produced in a limited quantity and specifically designed to celebrate the re-opening of the stadium.

The re-opening ceremony will start at 7.15pm while the international football friendly match will begin at 7.30pm. Ticket holders will be admitted through the Flower Market Road entrance starting from 6.30pm.

"A free seating arrangement has been adopted. People should allow ample time for travelling to the venue to avoid a last-minute rush for admission. According to the Stadia Regulation, glass bottles and metal cans should not be brought into the stadium. Members of the public entering Mong Kok Stadium on the night will have to undergo a simple security check," the spokesman added.

"No parking spaces will be provided at Mong Kok Stadium. Ticket holders are advised to make use of public transportation. Those who are unable to turn up on the day due to other engagements may pass their tickets to relatives and friends so as to avoid wastage."

Located at 37 Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Mong Kok Stadium has long been the major venue for the local First Division Football League games and other football matches. With its modern facilities after the redevelopment, the stadium is better equipped for staging high-level and international football matches, contributing to the long-term development of local football.
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Old December 11th, 2011, 07:48 PM   #25
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Hawkers offer solution to fire-hazard claim
The Standard
Monday, December 05, 2011







Fa Yuen Street hawkers yesterday offered a compromise solution to government demand that they dismantle stalls after the close of business each day, saying they will only empty their stalls of goods when they close.

That came as police released two more images of people who passed through the market minutes before last week's deadly blaze.

The chairwoman of the Federation of Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Hawker Associations, Cheng So-ngor, said members made the offer during a meeting with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department but urged the government to provide temporary storage space. Cheng said hawkers are also willing to comply with stall height and width requirements.

In the wake of last Wednesday's fire on Fa Yuen Street, in which nine people were killed and 34 injured, food and environmental hygiene assistant director Fan Yung-kai said the department was considering long-term measures that would include stepped-up enforcement and require hawkers to set up their stalls only during business hours.

Four of the injured are still in critical condition and one is serious.

The dismantling of stalls is meeting resistance from the older hawkers.

An 89-year-old surnamed Lam said the process is physically demanding.

Another, surnamed Chan, 67, who has been running a stall for more than 30 years, said if he is ordered to do so, he will consider shutting down his business and applying for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.

However, the practice of dismantling stalls is already in place in the Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street) where stall owners hire casual workers to install and dismantle stalls for HK$500 each a month. The process includes pulling down steel fences which support the stalls and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

A casual worker said there are some companies that provide such a service. In addition, the hawkers rent storage space in nearby shops for their goods at about HK$1,000 a month.

The plan to dismantle stalls won support at RTHK's City Forum where speakers expressed concern that stalls located too close to residential buildings pose fire hazards.

Lawmaker James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party, who is chairman of the Legislative Council security panel, said this is the most effective way of preventing the accumulation of stock.

But Yau Tsim Mong District Council chairman Leung Wai-kuen said the noise created by dismantling stall may disturb residents. Meanwhile, the police said they have reviewed the CCTV footage and found that two people walked by the scene shortly before the fire broke out.

They located one of them - an 82-year-old woman.

Police then found two others had passed by the scene before the outbreak of the fire and would like to speak to them.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #26
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Long road home to Fa Yuen site
The Standard
Monday, December 19, 2011

Residents of two of the six Fa Yuen Street blocks ravaged in last month's deadly fire have begun to move back to their homes, after the authorities said it is safe to do so.

Residents of the four remaining blocks were only allowed in to collect their personal belongings, as more work is needed to ensure these are livable.

Yau Tsim Mong district officer Vicki Kwok Wong Wing-ki said investigators have finished collecting evidence from the scene of the November 30 blaze, which left nine dead and 34 injured.

"It is safe for residents of [blocks] 188 and 190 to return as the electricity and water supplies meet adequate standards. However, blocks 192, 194, 196 and 198 need further repairs although the Buildings Department has confirmed there is no structural problem," Kwok said.

Most residents displaced by the fire remain at Shek Lei Transit Centre. Kwok said they will likely return to their homes before the Lunar New Year.

Meanwhile, hawkers said they will claim losses of more than HK$500,000 from insurers.

A curtain seller, named Kwong, said her entire stock was burned to ashes.

"Even the HK$5 coins [in the store] melted. Everything is gone, except the four concrete walls," she said, adding it may be up to six months before she can resume her business.

Despite the all-clear for some, several residents are planning to find new homes.

Alex Wong Kwok-chun, acting district social welfare officer for Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong, said 60 displaced residents have applied for public housing, but only 20 meet the necessary requirements.

Investigators have yet to confirm if the fire was caused by arson though this is still the direction of the probe.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation. At this stage, we are not entirely sure whether it was an accident or arson," said Mong Kok district deputy police commander Anna Tsang Yim- sheung.

"We are now eliminating causes that are less plausible - including discarded cigarette butts. The power supply control unit is also being tested."
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #27
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Cubicle crowd fear life after eviction
The Standard
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

About 30 tenants of subdivided flats, who are facing eviction, protested in Mong Kok yesterday, demanding reasonable compensation and alternative housing.

The protesters, who have been told to leave their cubicles in an industrial building in Larch Street, Tai Kok Tsui, claim the Buildings Department has the responsibility to provide living spaces.

A protester said: "I am paying HK$1,500 a month for my unit and a deposit is not required. I have been told the cheapest space available costs HK$2,600 with two months' deposit in advance."

The department, whose offices were the target of the protest, will apply for closure orders on March 7 at the District Court to allow demolition works.

According to the approved plans, the building, including godowns on the ground floor and a factory unit on each of the other five floors, is for industrial not domestic use.

"No one will be rendered homeless due to the enforcement action. We will liaise with the Housing Department and Social Welfare Department to provide assistance to those affected occupants," a department spokesman replied when protesters asked how they would be rehoused.

However the spokesman added the displaced households will not be given an earlier allocation even if they have already applied for public rental housing.

He claimed the subdivided cubicles in the industrial buildings pose a serious fire risk and the aim of government enforcement action against such irregularities is to ensure the premises will no longer be used for domestic purposes.

"Generally, a 100 square foot flat with private toilet costs about HK$3,000 to HK$3,500 a month and at least HK$2,500 for a subdivided unit," CS Auctioneers manager Lawrence Yam Tak Wah said.

Tai Kok Tsui District Resident Livelihood Concern Society chairman Tang Wing-kun said: "It is obvious that two to three months is not enough time for those occupants to move.

"As most of the occupants of subdivided cubicles are new migrants and suffer financial hardship, they probably cannot afford to spend HK$2,000 to HK$3,000 every month on housing."

Tang suggested the authorities provide the affected residents with interim housing.
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18 compete for URA project
The Standard
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Urban Renewal Authority yesterday received 18 expressions of interest for the redevelopment of Mong Kok's Sai Yee Street, also known as Sneaker Street.

The 26,672-square-foot plot consists of 186,710 sq ft of gross floor area for residential use, which will contain 290 units, and 53,300 sq ft for commercial use. Fifty percent of flats must have a saleable area of 500 sq ft each.

The URA is requiring developers to incorporate sports-related retail elements into the project to encourage affected sports retailers to move back and continue their business when the redevelopment is completed - by 2018 at the latest.

The site is likely to cost between HK$3.6 billion and HK$4.1 billion. Veteran surveyor Tony Chan Tung-ngok expects the value of the retail area to reach HK$50,000 psf.

Vincent Cheung Kiu-cho, director for valuations at Cushman & Wakefield, said the value of the residential units would be HK$7,200 psf.

Developers are likely to ask for more than HK$10,000 psf upon completion, Cheung said.

"The site sits in an excellent location, and the major attraction of the project is the retail part. Although the residential units have a size restriction, developers will offer reasonable market prices," said Terence Wai Chun-sing, general manager of Paliburg Investments, adding it is seeking to solely undertake the project.

Separately, Justin Chiu Kwok-hung, executive director of Cheung Kong (Holdings) (0001), expects the local residential market to stay flat for the rest of the year.

Along with Jones Lang LaSalle, he continues to expect mass residential housing prices to rise 9 percent to 10 percent this year, with luxury units gaining 4 percent.

Rentals of luxury units are likely to drop 5 to 8 percent on slower penetration of foreign companies into the territory, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

It also expects grade-A office rents to drop 5 percent in the second half after a 3.2 percent decline in the first six months of the year.
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Land resumption for preservation cum revitalisation project in Mong Kok gazetted
Friday, August 3, 2012
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The Lands Department today (August 3) announced the resumption of land for the implementation of a preservation cum revitalisation project at Shanghai Street/Argyle Street in Mong Kok.

The project is included in the Urban Renewal Authority's (URA) Business Plan for 2008-09. Implementation of the project will preserve and revitalise the cluster of historic pre-war verandah-type shophouses and also help to improve the environment of the locality and the living conditions of the residents.

A total of 23 private property interests will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance at the project site at Shanghai Street near Argyle Street. The affected interests will revert to the Government three months from the date when the resumption notice is affixed on site. Details of the private land affected were gazetted today.

Apart from their entitlement to statutory compensation, eligible owners of domestic properties will be offered an ex-gratia home purchase allowance or supplementary allowance as appropriate. Eligible domestic occupiers will be offered rehousing in Hong Kong Housing Authority or Hong Kong Housing Society units, or an ex-gratia cash allowance.

Eligible commercial property occupiers, including owners and tenants, may choose an ex-gratia allowance in lieu of the right to make statutory claims for business and related losses.

Affected owners and tenants of both domestic and commercial properties will also have the right to make statutory claims under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. If the claims cannot be settled by agreement, the owners and tenants may apply to the Lands Tribunal for adjudication. Professional fees reasonably incurred for making such claims may be reimbursed by the Government.

Upon resumption, the site, with an approximate size of 900 square metres, will be granted to the URA. In accordance with the development scheme plan approved by the Chief Executive in Council under the Town Planning Ordinance, the four intervening post-war buildings will be redeveloped to accommodate necessary building services and facilities while the cluster of 10 pre-war verandah-type shophouses will be preserved for adaptive re-use.
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NWD slips into 'Sneaker' deal
The Standard
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New World Development (0017) beat 11 other bids to win the Urban Renewal Authority redevelopment project on Sai Yee Street in Mong Kok yesterday.

The redevelopment of the street, also known as Sneaker Street, is expected to cost up to HK$6 billion, or HK$24,994 per square foot.

Market expectations for redeveloping the 26,673 square foot plot - situated in a cluster of sports shops and bounded by parts of Sai Yee Street, Nelson Street and Fa Yuen Street - range between HK$2.5 billion and HK$6 billion.

This is the largest redevelopment launched by the URA this year and on completion will consist of a 53,346 sq ft of commercial space and a 186,711 sq ft of residential area.

Shops on the ground floor of Fa Yuen Street and Nelson Street will be allocated to sports-related businesses, aiming to preserve the character of Sneaker Street.

The commercial space will be divided equally between the URA and New World Development, which cannot sell any shops for five years after completion. Current tenants affected by the redevelopment will be able to rent back similar-sized premises at market value.

The residential portion will hold 290 flats, with expected accommodation values ranging from HK$10,414 psf to HK$24,994 psf.

New World Development has been enlarging its land bank in recent years. The group will announce its final results tomorrow.

Separately, the group's project with Henderson Land (0012) - The Reach in Yuen Long - has so far received thousands of inquiries from potential homebuyers.

Sample flats will be opened for public viewing this week.

Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) priced another 26 three-bedroom units at its Century Gateway in Tuen Mun yesterday at HK$8,077 psf - up by 2percent from the last batch to be put on the market.
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ITC sells property for $830 million
The Standard
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Developer ITC Properties (0199) is selling a property in Mong Kok for HK$830 million to CSI Properties (0497), which is set to develop it into a 20-story retail complex.

The companies entered into a provisional agreement on December 28 for the property located at 703 and 705 Nathan Road, according to a filing by ITC.

The site, which measures around 2,432 square feet, has a gross floor area of about 30,000 sq ft.

The deal would translate to HK$27,667 per square foot.

Argyle Centre, which is opposite the property, recently sold in the market for HK$17,000 psf.

The building is expected to be completed around April this year.

The valuation of the property was approximately HK$701 million as of September.

Market sources said CSI immediately put on the market 16 floors, of which 15 were sold, fetching HK$569 million. A jeweler has signed a deal worth HK$8 million per month to rent a store from ground to second level that offers 6,000 sq ft.

CSI is selling a 2,000-sq-ft street store, seeking HK$400 million.

CSI, which mainly engages in property repositioning and investment, has paid a deposit of HK$50 million and HK$74.5 million must be paid on or before January 11, with the balance to be settled upon completion.

ITC expects to use the net amount of HK$819 million from the deal to repay its HK$200.4 million loan from ICBC. The balance will be retained as general working capital.

ITC resumes trading this morning after being suspended on December 31 as it awaited the release of an announcement in relation to a substantial property disposal, which was price sensitive in nature.
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Footbridge plan back on agenda
The Standard Excerpt
Dec 30, 2016



The government will begin public consultation early next year on extending a major pedestrian footbridge in Mong Kok to cover central Mong Kok and the Tai Kok Tsui area, in a bid to avoid crowded footpaths and vehicle- pedestrian conflicts.

In a paper submitted to Yau Tsim Mong District Council for discussion on January 5, the Highways Department suggested the construction could be divided into two parts. The first section will run along Argyle Street from Hak Po Street to Tong Mei Road near Olympian City, connecting Langham Place, Argyle Centre and the government's redevelopment project at Sai Yee Street.

The other part will run from Tong Mei Road to Fuk Tsun Street in Tai Kok Tsui.

The footbridge will have 10 landing places and involve the reconstruction of four major Mong Kok MTR station exits. It is estimated that the first and second parts of the bridge will take five and three years to complete respectively.
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Is the idea to form an elevated skywalk system in the area to link into surrounding commercial areas from the local MTR? Similiar to other such systems in Hong Kong?
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Is the idea to form an elevated skywalk system in the area to link into surrounding commercial areas from the local MTR? Similiar to other such systems in Hong Kong?
The expansion is meant to move people away from crowded sidewalks rather than to serve commercial interests.
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