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Old February 16th, 2017, 03:29 PM   #481
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Feb 16, 2017
Ko seeks aid with Songshan airport move after ride on MRT
Taipei Times Excerpt

The launch of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line will likely affect passenger volumes at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said after a ride on the new line yesterday, calling on the Executive Yuan to help streamline efforts by Taipei and Taoyuan to relocate the Songshan facility.

Ko and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) rode the MRT line, which opened this month on a trial basis.

Ko praised the “excellent” construction quality of the line, saying that the ride was “smooth and comfortable.”

He was equally complimentary of outlets in the carriages for passengers to charge mobile devices, as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity, saying that he had instructed Taipei Rapid Transit Corp to offer free Wi-Fi services in Taipei MRT carriages by the end of the year.

The launch of the airport MRT provided an outlook on Songshan airport’s future, Ko said.

Ko said that he and Cheng would ask the Executive Yuan to streamline efforts by the two municipalities to relocate Songshan airport, as the highest level of collaboration is required to complete the task.

Ko’s administration has proposed a plan to merge Songshan airport with Taoyuan airport by 2020, with a central park planned to be built at the Songshan site.

Taoyuan airport’s third terminal, of which construction is to begin next month, and a planned fourth terminal should be able to process the passenger volume from Songshan airport, the Ko administration said.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 07:24 PM   #482
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Taipei touts new solar power plant
Feb. 18, 2017
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The Taipei City Government yesterday held a launch ceremony for a photovoltaic power plant named Taipei Energy Hill, which is capable of generating 2 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

The power plant in the Fudekeng Environmental Restoration Park in the city’s Muzha (木柵) area, is built on the site of of a former landfill and consists of 8,000 solar panels covering about 3 hectares.

The electricity generated by the plant would help the city reduce yearly carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 tonnes, which is three times the amount that Daan Forest Park can absorb in a year, the Taipei Department of Environmental Protection said.

The department in July last year signed a contract with Taipei-based Tatung Co (大同), a leader in the nation’s photovoltaic industry, to build the power plant.

Touting the facility as a model for “green” electricity generation, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said at the ceremony that the power plant has generated 153,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity since it went online last month, which translates into an about 80-tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

The city provided the land on which the power plant was built and Tatung provided the photovoltaic panels, Ko said.
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Feb. 14, 2017
Taipei mulls plans for concert hall on AIT site in Daan
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The Taipei City Government is hoping to turn the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) current site into a home for the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra.

The Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs wants to build a municipal concert hall in Daan District (大安) after the AIT relocates to a new complex under construction in Neihu District (內湖), department Commissioner Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐) said.

A new hall would provide a dedicated venue for the two orchestras, he said.

The 48-year-old symphony orchestra and the 38-year-old Chinese orchestra now use Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) for performances.

A municipal concert hall would help promote Taipei’s music industry and work closely with educational institutions, Chung said.
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Feb. 23, 2017
Farglory passed Dome reviews: Taipei deputy mayor
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Amid media reports of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) having set a deadline for the completion of the Taipei Dome, Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) yesterday confirmed that contractor Farglory Corp had completed seven safety reviews by the Taiwan Architecture and Building Center, adding that he expected the review process to be completed within four months.

Citing one of the mayor’s close aides who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Chinese-language Mirror Media weekly on Monday reported that Farglory had recently completed the seven reviews.

It also quoted Chen, who heads the city’s negotiations with Farglory over the complex, as saying that the city government would not be “difficult” with Farglory over an environmental impact assessment and urban planning review the corporation is required to pass before it can resume construction, and that he expected both reviews to be finished within three months.

Chinese-language online outlet Up Media yesterday reported that Ko had set the deadline for the Taipei Dome’s completion at August next year, citing anonymous sources in the mayor’s office.

When asked about the reports, Chen confirmed that Farglory had passed the seven reviews, saying that two city government reviews would likely take three to four months to complete if the developer promptly delivers revised construction blueprints.

Asked about the purported deadline and whether Ko aims to finish construction before next year’s mayoral election in a bid to boost his chances of re-election, Chen said that the Taipei City Government could not provide an estimate for the duration of construction, which would depend on Farglory’s attitude toward completing the project.

He urged the media not to associate the construction project with Ko’s re-election bid.
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Airport MRT passes test
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Taoyuan Metro Corp yesterday said that the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT system finally met two crucial criteria during its final inspection on Sunday and full operation of the line is expected soon.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) jointly made the announcement after inspecting the system’s station near Taipei Railway Station.
Mar. 05, 2017
Foundation slams airport MRT
UP TO STANDARD : The Bureau of High Speed Rail has dismissed claims the airport line needs improvements, saying that it meets fire and platform safety regulations
Taipei Times Excerpt

The Consumers’ Foundation on Friday listed five items that need improvement on the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line, after it began commercial operations on Thursday.

Foundation inspectors used the MRT line during its trial period and recommended that changes be made to ticket prices, signage, station and carriage safety, baggage check-in services and fire safety, it said.

Consumers’ Foundation chairman Yu Kai-hsiung (游開雄) said ticket prices for direct and local train services are NT$160, but local train ticket prices should be reduced to between NT$100 and NT$120.

The foundation said that passengers transferring to the Taipei MRT should be given a discount so that the new line not only serves airport traffic, but encourages people who live nearby to use the MRT to commute.

Signs in Taipei Main Station to the new line are not clear enough, the foundation said, adding that electronic signs like those used in Taipei MRT stations could be installed to improve clarity.

The gap between the carriage and the platform at Airport Terminal 1 station was up to 7cm and could be dangerous, it said.

Baggage check-in services are limited to Taipei Main Station, but should be offered at more stations, the foundation said.
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Mar 23, 2017
Arthur Yo pans Taipei mayor on Dome
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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) should not use the Taipei Dome construction project as a bargaining chip for his re-election, Songshan Tobacco Factory Tree Protection Union convener Arthur Yo (游藝) said yesterday, also accusing the project’s developer of employing two-faced tactics.

Yo, a longtime opponent of the controversial build-operate-transfer project, made the remarks before entering the Taipei High Administrative Court, which yesterday reviewed a lawsuit the union initiated against the Taipei City Government.

The lawsuit is aimed at forcing the city to reverse an urban design committee resolution that granted Farglory Group the initial construction license for the project and terminated the city’s contract with the company.

Although Farglory passed four safety reviews administered by the Taiwan Architecture and Building Center almost four months ago, it has not delivered the revisions of the Dome’s construction blueprint to the Ministry of the Interior for approval, or passed the Taipei City Government’s urban design review and environmental impact assessment needed for construction to be resumed.

Saying that former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) administration profiteered on behalf of Farglory by being lenient during reviews and helping the developer obtain the initial construction license, Yo said he is often asked: “What is Mayor Ko doing? Why has he not dissolved the contract with Farglory?”

Ko and Farglory chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) have clashed over the project numerous times.

While Ko might view the completion of the Dome as his ticket to re-election, he should not be too optimistic, as it is unlikely that Chao will cooperate over the required review procedures to help him attain that goal, Yo said.

As Ko on June 8 last year had demanded that Farglory fix safety issues at the construction site, he should move forward and terminate the city’s contract with Farglory on June 8 this year and put the Dome’s fate to a referendum, Yo said.

The plot of land on which the Dome sits has been named by the Cabinet as a cultural and sports complex, but the developer’s plans include a theater, a hotel, an office and a department store around the half-finished baseball stadium, which deviates from the land’s intended use and would cause the complex to exceed its legally permitted capacity of 60,000 people, potentially endangering visitors in the event of an evacuation.

The city last year found that Farglory had deviated from its original construction blueprint in 71 areas, about 90 percent of which pertain to fire safety.
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Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Tamsui residents march for delayed expressway
MORNING RALLY : An EIA committee approved the Tambei project in 2011, but court cases and additional environmental reviews have delayed construction
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About 200 residents of New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水) yesterday morning marched near the Hongshulin MRT station, calling on the central government to build a proposed expressway connecting Tamsui and neighboring Guandu District (關渡) in Taipei to ease the traffic congestion that has plagued the area for years.

Wearing white T-shirts, protesters shouted “Give us the Tambei (淡北) expressway” and “We do not want traffic congestion” as they marched.
Tamsui District Administrator Wu Tsung-ren (巫宗仁), New Taipei City Councilor Cheng Tai Li-hsiang (鄭戴麗香), representatives of New Taipei City councilors Tsai Ching-hsien (蔡錦賢) and Tsai Yeh-wei (蔡葉偉) and 20 borough wardens joined the march.

Many drivers honked their horns in support of the marchers as they drove past the protesters.

Chang Lien-rong (張連榮), who created a Facebook page for supporters of the proposed Tambei expressway project, said Highway No. 2 is the only road that Tamsui residents can use to commute to Taipei, even though the population in Tamsui has soared from about 100,000 people 20 years ago to about 200,000.

“Highway No. 2 is still the only highway we have after 20 years. People in Tamsui have to put up with traffic jams every day and even ambulances get stuck in traffic. We need another road to ease the traffic on Highway No. 2. The new roadway should at least be able to divert 50 percent of traffic from Highway No. 2,” he said.
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Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Farglory sees Taipei Dome cost jumping to NT$40bn
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Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group yesterday said that it would need about NT$400 million (US$13.15 million) to fix corrosion problems at the Dome, which, together with losses sustained due to a prolonged suspension of work, would push its total construction cost to more than NT$40 billion.

Farglory spokesman Jacky Yang (楊舜欽) made the statement following an inspection of the construction site with Taipei City Government officials and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City councilors Li Keng Kuei-fang (厲耿桂芳) and Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平).

“Photographs of the Dome’s mostly bare roof taken by a drone shows that there are more than 30 corroded spots per 1m2,” Yang said.
Based on the Dome’s floor area of 32,000m2, that would put the total number of corroded spots at about 1 million, Yang said.

With the additional cost, the Dome’s estimated cost would rise to more than NT$40 billion considering other losses that Farglory would absorb, including the cost of reinforcement work on 14 areas of the structure and salary payments to the Dome’s subcontractors, Yang said, adding that building material prices have increased this year.

Even if construction work were to fully resume today, the Dome would still take between 20 and 22 months to complete, Yang said.

Li Keng said that although the Dome is a build-operate-transfer project in which the Taipei City Government does not have a stake, the monetary losses suffered by Farglory would ultimately be transferred onto taxpayers.

Taipei Department of Urban Development Deputy Commissioner Chang Kang-wei (張剛維) urged Farglory to step up efforts to work on the 14 areas that could pose risks to public safety per the city government’s order.

He reiterated that the construction was suspended by the city government because Farglory had deviated from the approved construction blueprint, so the extra cost should be shouldered by Farglory.

The issue is being reviewed by a court, Chang added.

Asked to comment on Farglory’s remarks, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said that the Ministry of the Interior’s review of the structure’s safety has reached a stalemate since it passed four safety reviews by the Taiwan Building and Architecture Center in December last year.
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May 01, 2017
Builders’ lack of interest delays Tamkang Bridge
BID BLOCKAGE : The tender process for the construction of the main part of the bridge has failed three times, so the DGH said that it would raise its offer to NT$9.4 billion
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The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) yesterday said it might have to postpone the opening of the Tamkang Bridge (淡江大橋) until after 2020 due to a lack of interest among construction firms in building it.

The structure, which connects the Port of Taipei and Danhai New Town (淡海新市鎮), was once ridiculed as a bridge “that would only emerge during election time,” as many politicians made building it one of their key campaign promises.

Construction of the 6km-long bridge began three years ago and was then estimated to cost NT$14.1 billion (US$466.67 million at current exchange rates). The DGH divided construction into three projects that were put up for tender.

The first two, which involve building connecting roads at both sides of the bridge, were begun in October 2014 and January last year.

However, the tender process for the construction of the main part of the bridge has failed three times, the DGH said.

To facilitate the bidding process, the highway authority said that it is planning to raise the construction funds for the third project from NT$8.4 billion to NT$9.4 billion in the hopes of attracting qualified bidders at a tender session scheduled for May 23.

The completion of the bridge would be set back until 2021 at the earliest, it said.
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May 13, 2017
CKS Memorial Hall height restrictions to be eased: Taipei
HIGHER BUILDINGS : A resolution that would raise the height limitation for buildings near the hall from 53m to 65m needs the city council’s approval
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After 39 years, a height limitation on buildings near Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei could be relaxed, city officials said on Thursday.

The Taipei Urban Planning Commission reached a resolution after discussions on a proposal to revise the building height limit in the special zone surrounding the hall from 53m to 65m, equivalent to an additional four stories.

The maximum height of buildings situated on Xinyi Road Sec. 1 and Aiguo East Road would be raised from 53m to 65m, while the limitation in the rest of the special zone would remain unchanged, according to the resolution.

The resolution has to be approved by the Taipei City Council before it can be implemented, the Department of Urban Development said.

It said the plan to relax the building height limitation was brought up by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) after he took office in December 2014.
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Legislature touts start of solar installation project
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To mark the World Environment Day yesterday, the Legislative Yuan began construction of a rooftop solar system on one of its annexes as part of its efforts to promote an “energy transition” to make all public buildings and schools “green.”

The building on Zhengjiang Street in Taipei is being fitted with a 99 kilowatt solar system, which will be enough to power it, Legislative Yuan Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) said.

The system, which is expected to be completed by November, will be able to generate 100,000 units of electricity and reduce carbon emission by 53 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to planting 2,944 trees, or half of the number of trees in Daan Forest Park, Lin said.

“The torrential rain and landslides Taiwan experienced over the weekend is an indication of the ever-increasing threat of climate change. The Legislative Yuan wants to take the lead in conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions,” Lin said.

Much of the Legislative Yuan will still have to rely on electricity generated by fossil fuels because it is housed in a historic building where construction is forbidden, said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Man-li (陳曼麗), director of the legislature’s Association for Sustainable Development.

The Zhengjiang building is not a historic structure, and larger-scale solar installations will be erected on the legislature’s other non-historic buildings if the Zhengjiang effort is a success, Chen said.

“We expect that after we have made this first move, the development of solar energy would be smooth. The close proximity of solar power systems to people’s daily life can make people understand more about green energy,” Chen said.

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Jun 15, 2017
Councilor criticizes Taipei mall plans

Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) yesterday criticized the city government’s plan to revitalize an underground mall in the Ximending (西門町) area, saying it has been plagued by slow progress and high costs.

After spending about NT$50 million (US$1.65 million at the corrent exchange rate) in three years to renovate the mall’s facilities, the city has “absolutely nothing” to show for its efforts, Hsu said at a council meeting attended by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

The mall was built in 2002, when former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was Taipei mayor.

The mall and its 18 shopfronts cost the city about NT$1.7 billion, but no businesses are willing to rent space there, Hsu said.

Instead, the virtually deserted mall is mostly used by Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) for office space, with two sites housing an automated library.
It is widely believed that Ko intended to transform the underperforming underground mall into an anime and manga-themed commercial center, a project he hinted at during his mayoral campaign.

In February, officials said that the city government was considering turning the mall into a “cultural and creative” center.

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June 14, 2017
Farglory Group is ‘wrong,’ ‘mean,’ Taipei mayor says
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“You cannot do something wrong, and still be mean and brag about it,” Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, in response to a statement by Farglory Group that said he had slandered the company by hinting that it had illegally constructed residential properties in an industrial district of the city.

Ko made the remarks in response to requests for comment on the statement released on Monday afternoon.

According to the statement, Ko in a televised interview on Friday last week answered a question about dealing with the Taipei Dome project by hinting that Farglory built residential properties in industrial zones in the city’s Neihu District (內湖).

The statement said that none of Farglory’s 56 factory and office buildings in Neihu Technology Park are residential properties, adding that it has never built housing in an industrial district.

Ko maliciously slandered the company in an effort to discredit it, the statement said, calling on the mayor to publicly apologize.

The statement said that if Ko does not issue a public apology within three days, Farglory would take legal action.

The Taipei Department of Urban Development later on Monday issued a statement rebutting Farglory’s claims, saying that one of its residential community development projects had twice received fines for illegal construction in an industrial zone and illegal modification of construction plans.

A total of 25 illegal split-level apartments were found in office buildings built by Farglory Group chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) in Neihu Technology Park, the department added.

“You say you did not build any residential apartments in Neihu Technology Park, but did you not build residential housing in Neihu’s business area as well as split-level housing?” Ko said.

“I mean, Taiwanese society can differentiate between right and wrong, so you cannot just do something wrong and still be mean and brag about it,” he said, adding that Farglory’s attitude was “really terrible.”
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Old July 1st, 2017, 06:02 AM   #497
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Housing affordability stays low, despite price fall
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Housing affordability remains low, especially in Taipei, although home prices dropped modestly, a report issued on Thursday by the Ministry of the Interior’s Construction and Planning Agency showed.

Home prices in the capital constituted 15.18 times the national average household income in the final quarter of last year, easing slightly from three months earlier and a year earlier, the report said.

The figure means a family would have to save all of its income for more than 15 years to be able to buy a house in Taipei, the report said.

Houses elsewhere are more affordable, but still represented a heavy burden, with the affordability index at 12.61 in New Taipei City, indicating that home prices were 12.61 times the average household income, it said.

Home prices nationwide were 9.32 times household income late last year, down from 9.35 the previous quarter.

Despite the drop, unaffordability remains a serious issue, as a reasonable home price-to-income ratio is between 4 and 6, said Linda Chou (周美伶), who teaches land economics at Takming University of Science and Technology.

Higher ratios would translate into heavy debt burdens and deprive home owners of a decent quality of life, Chou said.
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That site has been sitting empty as a parking lot for way too long. Is it an extension of the existing mall buildings next door?
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That site has been sitting empty as a parking lot for way too long. Is it an extension of the existing mall buildings next door?
The department store next door is a Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, this new building will be a Far Eastern department store.
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