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Old February 16th, 2016, 04:56 PM   #441
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That bridge was such an eyesore and it really made the north gate look so insignificant. I'm glad to see it get demolished. Hopefully once the new road alignments are complete the traffic will decrease.

Demolition work has been completed:

[IMG]IMAG4125 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMAG4115 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old February 27th, 2016, 06:58 AM   #442
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Planning commission backs warehouse move
METERS AWAY : The Cultural Assets Review Committee is to meet next month to review proposals on the historic building, and it could end up playing a decisive role
Taipei Times Excerpt
Feb 26, 2016



The Taipei Urban Planning Commission yesterday decided that the historic Mitsui Warehouse (三井倉庫) would be moved 51m to the east to avoid possible problems with a proposed road adjustment project near the Taipei Railway Station.

The commission meeting came in the wake of the demolition of an elevated onramp for the Zhongxiao Bridge, which had been right next to the North Gate (北門), a 132-year-old building on Zhongxiao W Road dating to China’s Qing Dynasty.

The meeting was called to review nine options being considered to further improve the traffic situation in the area and pick one of them.

The traffic improvement plan is part of the city government’s Western Area Gateway Project, which seeks to transform the North Gate into a figurative “gate” for Taiwan and use it to help attract investment to the older Wanhua (萬華) and Zhongzheng (中正) districts and increasing job opportunities.

The proposed relocation of the warehouse — one of the few remaining historic freight-transport buildings near the rail station — has been strongly criticized, with opponents calling on the city government not to sacrifice historic value for the sake of road traffic.

Lin Quei-miao (林奎妙), who opposes the move, said that with the recent demolition of the onramp, the North Gate is now part of a city skyline along with the Taipei Beimen Post Office and a contemporary Taiwanese-style building.

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Old February 27th, 2016, 12:29 PM   #443
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Here's an update on some of the other projects going on in Taipei at the moment.

Xinyi Anhe MRT station entrance building (122M)



Xinyi A13 far eastern department store (Height unknown)

The site is in the foreground of this image
[IMG]IMAG4059 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

55 Timeless by Richard Meier (127M)

[IMG]IMAG4064 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

United daily news building (136M)



Wanhua station department store and hotel (107M)


Eslite Dunhua store redevelopment (c140M)
This one is probably still a long way off, as eslte have a lease on some of the floors of the current building until 2020.



Kee tai building at Taipei main station (153M)



Daan park apartment buildings by Richard Rogers (144M & 130M)


Tianmu apartment building (153M)



Zhonghua road Ximen, new hotel (c160M)




All construction images are either taken by myself or Wangliangshue who is on the Taiwan city forum
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Old March 7th, 2016, 05:40 PM   #444
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Taipei Times with CNA Excerpt
MRT airport line opening delayed until year’s end
NOT FAST ENOUGH : The trains could not reach the desired speeds in the trial runs, increasing the planned commute time by two minutes, which violates a contract

Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) officials yesterday apologized for delays to the MRT system’s connection to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that set the project completion date back by six months.

Bowing at a news conference, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Commuications Tseng Dar-jen (曾大仁), Bureau of High Speed Rail Director-General Allen Hu (胡湘麟) and bureau chief engineer Chung Wei-li (鍾維力) apologized, saying that the launch date for the airport MRT line would be delayed.

It was the sixth delay since the project was announced in 2002. The project is to connect the airport directly to the MRT’s Taipei Main Station, stopping at Jhongli Township (中壢) and the Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station.

The MRT line is still undergoing trial runs and the primary reason for its delay is six of the 46 test items failing to meet contract standards, Hu told the news conference.

According to the contract, terminal-to-terminal MRT trains must travel at an average speed of 60kph, while trains that stop at each station must travel at an average speed of 45kph.

The trains currently travel at 57km and 42km per hour respectively, Hu said.

The speed has affected the expected time of arrival of trains on one-way trips, which was set at 35 minutes from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan airport, the ministry said, adding that the line took 36 to 37 minutes to make a single one-way trip.

The time between trains, standing at three minutes and 15 seconds, does not meet the three minutes stated in the contract, Hu said.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 11:19 AM   #445
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The China trust building in Xinyi is being demolished. There are no renders of what's going to replace it yet, also the height is just an estimate (40 something floors).
It's the white building. Demolition is expected to go until April 30th.

[IMG]IMAG4267 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMAG4270 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMAG4271 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

Nanshan plaza progress:

[IMG]IMAG4273 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMAG4282 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMAG4261 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]

Also no work has been done on the new arena for the 2017 summer universiade in almost a year. The project was stalled due to corruption.

[IMG]IMAG4262 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old March 11th, 2016, 01:32 PM   #446
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PCC minister asked to resign over airport MRT
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Lawmakers serving on the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday passed a resolution asking Public Construction Commission (PCC) Minister Jack Hsu (許俊逸) to resign, after it was found that the commission advised the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) that it would consider giving the contractor of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line a reduced payment for the construction so that the MRT line could be launched early.

The resolution also said that commission officials involved should be investigated by the Agency Against Corruption.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications apologized on Friday last week for having to postpone the launch of the much-anticipated Taoyuan airport MRT line for the sixth time, because the contractor has yet to fulfill contractual obligations in terms of train average operating speed, express service operating times and train deployment intervals.

The problems surrounding the airport MRT line continued to dominate yesterday’s question-and-answer session at the committee meeting.

Democratic Progressive Party legislators Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬), Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) and Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津) pointed to a classified internal document leaked to the media showing the commission had advised the bureau that the latter could give contractor Marubeni Corp a reduced price for the construction of the airport MRT line so the service could be launched faster.

Other lawmakers also questioned why the commission advised the bureau to accept the construction with a reduced payment to the contractor, when the contractor had repeatedly failed to address numerous issues with the train’s signaling system.

Lin said the Taoyuan airport MRT line has become a national embarrassment, adding that the nation has spent more than 20 years planning and building the airport rail, but it has yet to be launched.

The commission’s proposal was meant to be a solution for Marubeni Corp to extricate itself from the project, Lin said.

“If Marubeni wants to address the problems that surfaced during the tests, it would have to spend more money. Giving it a reduced price for the construction would help it get off the hook,” he said.

Lin said that Marubeni was not an experienced in building train signaling systems and had even illegally outsourced the project to another contractor.

The bureau can fine Marubeni for delaying the launch of the airport MRT line, but the fine was capped at 25 percent of the construction fund and it would not make the contractor change its attitude, he said.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 02:49 PM   #447
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Museum expansion slammed
The National Palace Museum plans to build a parking lot and exhibition space which locals say would disrupt traffic and damage the environment
18 March 2016
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A pre-environmental impact assessment (EIA) inspection of a National Palace Museum expansion project yesterday met with protests from local residents, who said the project poses safety risks and could increase traffic congestion near their neighborhoods because of the flawed design of a parking lot dedicated to tour buses.

Taipei Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Liou Ming-lone told a meeting in Shilin District that due to amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act putting local governments in charge of overseeing establishments of cultural and educational facilities, the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in January transferred the project to the department.

The project, which is now in the second stage of EIA review, would see the construction of a new exhibition building to accommodate the large number of tourists who visit the museum.

The exhibition building would consist of three underground levels and four above ground levels. It sproposed location is along slopes on both sides of a plaza in front of the museum.

The museum said it wanted to build 198 underground parking spaces for tour buses in a planned arts and culture park opposite the museum on Zhishan Road.

The expansion project would cover 7 hectares and have a total floor space of 146,397m2, the museum said.

A resident, Chang Wen-tan, who leads a group of locals opposed to the project, criticized the EPAs amendment of the act, saying that the project is rife with controversy and accused the EPA of shifting its responsibility to the city government.

Campaigner Lien Yan-tsun said that as excavation work necessary for the new building would take place at the foot of the slopes, compromising their integrity, landslides could occur.

She said that visitor numbers could be effectively alleviated by using two vacant buildings at the museum and questioned the necessity of the expansion.

She said that the expansion was proposed in a bid to increase more exhibition space, but only about 15 percent of the additional floor space would be used for exhibitions, while a substantial portion of the space has been planned for stores.

She said the planned parking lot is too close to Gugong Road; consequently, tour buses arriving at the museum via the road would have to wait on the strip between Gugong and Zhishan roads just in front of the Ziqiang Tunnel which Lien said can only hold four tour buses at any given time blocking the lanes on Zhishan Road.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 04:09 PM   #448
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Airport MRT quicker by June: minister
Damaged power cables were found at 565 locations along the Taoyuan airport MRT line and only 17 percent have been replaced, a lawmaker said
22 March 2016
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Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu yesterday said the work to raise the operational speed of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line is to be completed by June, adding that the contractor would be asked to vouch for the safety of the system following the emergence of multiple issues during the testing phase.

Chen made the announcement at the legislatures Transportation Committee, when he was grilled by lawmakers about the many problems plaguing the MRT line.

Chen said that Marubeni Corp, the Japanese contractor in charge of building the lines signaling system, has been asked to raise the operational speed of the trains by June.

Currently, an express train departing from Taipei Railway Station takes about 37 minutes to reach the airport, rather than 35 minutes as stipulated in the contract, he added.

Chen said trains are expected to depart at intervals of 10 to 12 minutes during peak hours, adding that currently trains are able to depart at intervals of at least 12 minutes.

He said that Taoyuan Metro Corp, which is to operate the line, can run simulations at the stations along the route, he said.

The government was forced to postpone the launch date of the much-anticipated line six times, as the contractor keeps failing to meet the standards stipulated in the contract in terms of train speed, travel duration for express trains and the interval at which the trains depart.

Lawmakers questioned the quality of the MRT lines construction in a question-and-answer session.

Citing Taoyuan Metro Corp statistics, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse said electric cables and rail pads used in the lines construction were found to be problematic.

Damaged cables were found at 565 locations and only about 17 percent of them have been replaced, he said.

Lee added that about 5,000 system abnormalities were detected between Oct. 26 last year and Feb. 25.

The worst problem is that emergency brakes were activated even if there was no other train on the railway track, he said, adding that the emergency braking system was triggered on average every 339km that trains traveled.

The ratio is 136 times higher than that of Taipeis MRT system and 125 times higher than that of Kaohsiungs MRT system, he said.

Lee said that the airport line, which is about 51km long, has had 7,000 broken railway track pads in one year.

Taipeis MRT system is about 131km long and has broken railway track pads had less than 10, he said.
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Thu, Mar 24, 2016
Arbitration rules in favor of Farglory in Taipei Dome case
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The Taiwan Construction Arbitration Association yesterday ruled that the Taipei City Government should have granted Farglory Group (遠雄集團) an additional 110 days past the the build-operate-transfer project deadline, after it was denied a construction extension for the Taipei Dome complex.

Farglory said that the ruling proves that it was not at fault for failing to complete the construction before the date stated in the contract it has with the city government.

Farglory said that it in December 2014, it applied for an extension so that it would have time to dispose of waste from construction work, but that the city denied the request.

The company said that it hopes the construction period can be further extended by 1582 days.

Farglory said that it has filed another arbitration regarding a 882-day extension after the city’s Urban Planning Commission and the Environmental Impact Assessment committee demanded that it change the Dome’s construction methods as well as its specifications and design so it would conform to “green” structural standards.

These requirements added NT$15 billion (US$459.77 million) to the cost of the project, it said.

The city government said that the ruling cemented that Farglory breached the contract by failing to complete work by the deadline.

Even with a 110-day extension, which would have put the completion date back to April 17 last year, Farglory still would not have been able to meet construction deadlines and obtain an operation permit for the Dome, the city government said.

The company was still building the Dome in May last year when the project was suspended, it said.
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Airport seeks ideas for third terminal
OVERLOADED? With passenger numbers estimated to hit 40 million this year, people traffic could exceed the capacities of the airport’s two terminals, an official said
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Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday said it is seeking public input on designs for the airport’s third terminal, adding that the company would take the designs into consideration in discussions with its architectural team.

The new terminal forms a core feature of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Project, and in terms of scale and funding would be the largest construction since the “10 Major Construction Projects” of the 1970s, TIAC senior vice president Wen Yung-sung (溫永松) said.

The project includes constructions of a third terminal, air bridges, a multifunctional building connecting Terminal Two and the new one, parking for aircraft, automatic people movers and access roads to the terminal.

The cost of the project is estimated to top NT$74 billion (US$2.36 billion), with about NT$48.8 billion to be spent on the planned terminal, he said.

The new terminal would be designed to accommodate 45 million passengers per year, Wen said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017 and be completed by 2020, he said.
Mar 27, 2016
Aerotropolis hearing plans flawed: forum
Taipei Times Excerpt

Proposed hearing procedures for the Taoyuan Aerotropolis development project have procedural flaws that threaten their validity, several legal academics said yesterday.

The Taoyuan Aerotropolis project is the nation’s largest ever urban planning project, encompassing 3,155 hectares as part of a proposal to add a third runway to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and to develop the surrounding area.

Plans for massive land appropriation have made the project controversial, with critics saying they could jeopardize the rights of small land owners.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is to hold hearings focusing on the runway expansion next month and in May, while the Taoyuan City Government would hold parallel hearings on land development plans.

Chen Li-fu (陳立夫), a professor of land economics at National Chengchi University, questioned the efficacy of the ministry hosting the hearings, as it is not directly responsible for land appropriation for the project.

“The legislative intent [of the Administrative Procedure Act (行政程序法)] is clearly that the agency which is responsible for making decisions should be the one to hold hearings. However, it is the Ministry of Transportation and Communications that will be holding hearings on the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, even though the agency responsible for deciding land appropriations is the Ministry of the Interior,” he said.

Chen expressed doubt whether the hearings would be able to incorporate residents’ opinions into the decision making process.

He also questioned whether notifications for the hearings had reached the standards required by residents’ “right to be informed,” with a knowledge of how their interests might be affected so that they could fully exercise their rights.

“Notifications to attend the hearings in reality do not mention the plans or content for land expropriation,” he said.

Tai Hsiu-hsiung (戴秀雄), a professor of land economics at National Chengchi University, said the detailed, technical nature of urban planning makes it difficult to curb urban planners’ broad discretion by forcing them to include residents’ views.
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A progress update on a few projects.

The building over Xinyi Anhe station on the Xinyi line:

IMAG4390 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr


Nanshan Plaza:
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Agora garden:

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United daily news building:

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A new hospital at Fu Jen University:
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Taipei Dome site survey ends in recriminations
BIG ROTTEN EGG : Farglory said alleged public safety violations were manufactured issues and that it wants the contract restored, which the city said it would not do
29 April 2016
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A survey of the Taipei Dome construction site, made jointly by the Taipei Department of Urban Development, Farglory Group and city councilors, ended in mutual recriminations yesterday, with Farglory reiterating its desire to resume building the dome and the city government again rejecting the proposal, in spite of a consensus on April 14 to dissolve the contract.

Held to investigate reports of steel erosion and purported attenuation of the domes foundations by upward buoyant forces, the survey produced separate and contradicting statements from city officials, Farglory representatives and city councilors, which were followed by heated public statements later in the day.

Taipei Department of Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min said in his press briefing that Farglory had made the stadium complex unsafe by altering the original blueprints without seeking city approval, including the removal of 17 staircases.

The city governments previous evaluations were sanctioned by the central government and conducted with the full participation of the Taiwan Architecture and Building Center, he said, adding that Farglory had violated the law by secretly making changes to the original design over a period of 50 months without informing regulators of those changes.

However, in its separate press briefing, Farglory general manager Tang Chia-feng categorically denied any wrongdoing, saying: Each detail of the dome had been done in accordance with the law and the contract without a single iota of error, and the Taipei City Governments claims are without any merit whatsoever.

Farglory only consented to dissolve the contract to build the dome because it wishes to cooperate with the government, and its preference was and still is to restore the contract as soon as possible, Tang said.

He added that in Farglorys view, the city governments allegations of public safety violations are manufactured issues.

Farglory maintains that it had legally obtained permission to change the design when it applied for relicensing in 2013, Tang said.

After participating in the survey, Democratic Progressive Party City Councilor Tang Chung-yen told reporters that the unfinished stadium is a big rotten egg, and that both the city government and Farglory were to blame.

Although Farglory has an ongoing obligation to safeguard public safety at the Taipei Dome construction area, the developer removed instruments for measuring water pressure from the site as soon as the city government announced its decision to suspend work on the dome, Tang said.
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Nanshan plaza is starting to look tall:

IMAG4600 by Noodlestaiwan7, on Flickr

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Agora garden progress:

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The changing face of Xinyi. Demolition in the foreground and construction in the background:

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Ko edges toward ending Dome contract
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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that the Taipei City Government would have a clearer roadmap for a possible legal battle with Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group over the potential dissolution of the build-operate-transfer contract.

Several Taipei city councilors pressed Ko during a question-and-answer session at the Taipei City Council to discuss what his administration’s next step would be in trying to resolve the debacle.

Independent Taipei City Councilor Lin Ruey-tu (林瑞圖) said that he had been negotiating with Farglory on behalf of two businessmen to resolve the standoff.

Farglory had agreed to making several concessions in the hope that the construction, suspended since May last year, could be resumed, Lin said.

These include reducing the number of seats in the stadium from 40,000 to 30,000 and complying with a review of seven safety requirements the city has outlined, on the condition that an independent third party sign off on the city’s verdict on whether it has met four of the requirements.

With Farglory having backed down from its earlier stance, Ko should make clear his position on whether the contract is to be dissolved, as he threatened to do last month should Farglory fail to make necessary improvements to the Dome site by Aug. 23, Lin said.

He also pressed Ko to say whether he is confident about winning a lawsuit that Farglory is sure to file against the city if the contract is terminated.

Ko declined to respond except to say that the city’s attorneys were researching the case and that details regarding the potential lawsuit would be released on Wednesday.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Wang Hsin-yi (王欣儀) asked Ko to sign an affidavit stating that he would shoulder all possible monetary compensation the city could face, estimated at tens of billions of New Taiwan dollars, if the contract is dissolved.

Ko declined.

“Political manipulation is not the way to solve these types of problems. Everything should proceed by law… I am only doing my job as a mayor,” Ko said.
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Taiwan moves up schedule for 3rd runway at Taoyuan Airport
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Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is aiming to complete the third runway at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport by 2025, five years ahead of schedule, Vice Premier Lin Hsi-yao said Saturday.

Lin said the transportation ministry has moved up the completion date from 2030 in an effort to meet growing air transportation demand.

Meanwhile, the long-delayed MRT line between the Taoyuan airport and Taipei hopefully will be opened by the end of the year, Lin said, after President Tsai Ing-wen met at her residence with some Cabinet members to discuss issues related to transportation and public construction projects.

Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan spent a lot of time explaining to the president the progress of the construction work on a third terminal at the Taoyuan airport and the plan for a third runway.

According to the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the key to completing the third runway ahead of schedule lies in land acquisition.
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The Taipei Department of Urban Development said it is mulling how to implement Ministry of National Defense plans to repurpose some of its vacant bases in Taipei as “fourth-category commercial zones.”

According to the Rules on Regulating the Separate Zones for Taipei City Land (台北市土地使用分區管制規則), fourth-category commercial zones are to be used for residences, social welfare facilities, retail businesses and hotels.

The department said it would not place restrictions on how the land is used because there are already hotels in the area, adding that it was highly possible that Chinese tourists might check into rooms at the Taipei Friends of Armed Forces Association.

Chief of the department’s division of urban planning Yeh Chia-yuan (葉家源) said the city government is glad that the ministry is looking to repurpose vacant property and is also looking to obtain more government-owned land from the changes.

However, Yeh said that nothing was certain, as security issues are still being considered.

One of the places slotted for repurposing to be used by “fourth-category commercial zones” hotels is the Taipei Military Police Headquarters, but the department said the plans might present a security liability for the Presidential Office Building.

The department said that it was not considering placing a special restriction on the plans, but any buildings that are rebuilt on that particular piece of land could not exceed 44m, as no building in the area is supposed to exceed the facade of the Presidential Office Building.

Meanwhile, the city government’s urban design committee said it hoped the air vent for Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system could be moved into the building during the planned modifications to the Military Police Headquarters, thereby eliminating any obstruction to the Presidential Office Building.
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Ko briefs Control Yuan on Taipei Dome suspension

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was summoned to brief the Control Yuan on a work suspension order the Taipei City Government issued for construction work on the Taipei Dome in May last year.

Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group earlier this year filed a petition with the Control Yuan asking it to determine if the suspension was legal.

Responding to questions after emerging from behind closed doors, Ko said that he told Control Yuan members the city government suspended the construction in accordance with the law.

He said that he put incidents concerning the Taipei Dome into perspective and explained the legal basis for the suspension.

He thanked Control Yuan members for calling the meeting with the intention to “solve problems.”

Asked to comment on Farglory’s accusation that Taipei was “haggling” when it reduced the Taipei Dome’s maximum capacity from 140,000 to 90,000 people, Ko said that all safety standards introduced by the city government for the construction would remain unchanged, regardless of Farglory obtaining permission to resume construction or a third party taking over the project.

“Do they expect us to kneel down and surrender? That would be outrageous,” Ko said.

Meanwhile, Taipei City Hospital superintendent Huang Sheng-chien (黃勝堅) yesterday became the first Taipei official to be impeached by the Control Yuan since Ko took office.

The Control Yuan yesterday held a correction and impeachment committee meeting, at which it unanimously upheld an impeachment ruling.
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Here you can see the progress on the United daily news building and also the lack of progress on the Taipei arena
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The old Chinatrust headquarters in Xinyi is now totally demolished:

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