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Old November 4th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #1
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Redevelopment in Yue Man Fong, Kwun Tong Town Center (Very close to the MTR Station)

You can see the news from news.gov.hk and the Urban Renewal Authority for more details.
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this is very exciting :-) Kwun Tong really needs an update from its past industrial days...
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Kwun Tong Tower, 88 storey purposed

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Kwun Tong's $25b 'rebirth' begins
The huge undertaking, covering 1,600 property rights, aims to breath new life into the run-down industrial district

5 November 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's biggest redevelopment project kicked off yesterday amid predictions it will cost $25 billion and take 10 years.

The bill just to buy properties and pay compensation in Kwun Tong town centre is likely to cost $10 billion as the Urban Renewal Authority project rejuvenates the run-down industrial district.

The authority promised the redevelopment would bring more open space and a greater range of facilities, while old trees in the town centre would not be sacrificed. It refused, however, to disclose the development density.

It wants to submit a development plan to the Town Planning Board in June and start purchasing by March 2007.

David Lung Ping-yee, who chairs the authority's Kwun Tong district advisory committee, said it had to study how to come up with such a huge amount.

Speaking after the committee's first meeting, Professor Lung said the most difficult part was to secure the co-operation of various government departments, given the widely differing views on how the project should proceed.

Professor Lung, who heads the University of Hong Kong's architecture department, said the positioning of the new Kwun Tong was the authority's priority.

"Everyone at the meeting agreed it was not just a Kwun Tong issue, it was a city-wide project. There were views that Kwun Tong should be the commercial and financial centre of east Kowloon."

The project, which affects 23 buildings and 1,635 property rights, was announced early in 1998 by the dissolved Land Development Corporation. It was passed on to the Urban Renewal Authority after it was set up three years later.

A survey commissioned by the authority found that most residents thought the buildings were so run down and the living environment so dire that they preferred a complete redevelopment over renovation.

The 5.3-hectare project includes Yuet Wah Street bus terminal and the area bordered by Hip Wo Street, Mut Wah Street, Hong Ning Road and Kwun Tong Road.

Professor Lung said the authority would listen to those residents affected and stressed consensus was the prerequisite of making any master plan.

A dozen residents attending the meeting sought guarantees that the project would start at the earliest and not be put on hold again.

Their demands include purchase and compensation offers to all those affected simultaneously, contrary to the authority's plan to roll out the project in phases.

Professor Lung vowed the authority would balance the interests of various parties, such as residents, shopkeepers, hawkers and minibus drivers.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 05:48 PM   #5
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Kwun Tong - Hong Kong's Biggest Redevelopment Project

Kwun Tong's $25b 'rebirth' begins - The huge undertaking, covering 1,600 property rights, aims to breath new life into the run-down industrial district
5 November 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's biggest redevelopment project kicked off yesterday amid predictions it will cost $25 billion and take 10 years.

The bill just to buy properties and pay compensation in Kwun Tong town centre is likely to cost $10 billion as the Urban Renewal Authority project rejuvenates the run-down industrial district.

The authority promised the redevelopment would bring more open space and a greater range of facilities, while old trees in the town centre would not be sacrificed. It refused, however, to disclose the development density.

It wants to submit a development plan to the Town Planning Board in June and start purchasing by March 2007.

David Lung Ping-yee, who chairs the authority's Kwun Tong district advisory committee, said it had to study how to come up with such a huge amount.

Speaking after the committee's first meeting, Professor Lung said the most difficult part was to secure the co-operation of various government departments, given the widely differing views on how the project should proceed.

Professor Lung, who heads the University of Hong Kong's architecture department, said the positioning of the new Kwun Tong was the authority's priority.

"Everyone at the meeting agreed it was not just a Kwun Tong issue, it was a city-wide project. There were views that Kwun Tong should be the commercial and financial centre of east Kowloon."

The project, which affects 23 buildings and 1,635 property rights, was announced early in 1998 by the dissolved Land Development Corporation. It was passed on to the Urban Renewal Authority after it was set up three years later.

A survey commissioned by the authority found that most residents thought the buildings were so run down and the living environment so dire that they preferred a complete redevelopment over renovation.

The 5.3-hectare project includes Yuet Wah Street bus terminal and the area bordered by Hip Wo Street, Mut Wah Street, Hong Ning Road and Kwun Tong Road.

Professor Lung said the authority would listen to those residents affected and stressed consensus was the prerequisite of making any master plan.

A dozen residents attending the meeting sought guarantees that the project would start at the earliest and not be put on hold again.

Their demands include purchase and compensation offers to all those affected simultaneously, contrary to the authority's plan to roll out the project in phases.

Professor Lung vowed the authority would balance the interests of various parties, such as residents, shopkeepers, hawkers and minibus drivers.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #6
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Definatly needs improvement last time i went there it was a horrible exprience. Traffic , 4 lanes each way at standstill. Pathways were too narrow and had trouble going around. Most of the towers were old and looked like they were gonna fall down.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 01:58 AM   #7
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Man do they have their work cut out for them. What an eyesore.
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Any renders of what the "new" Kwun Tong will look like?
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Old January 21st, 2006, 05:43 PM   #9
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14 January 2006
Locals join planning and design of Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment
URA Press Release

Over 100 participants from the Kwun Tong community and other sectors today (Saturday) articulated their aspirations and innovations in a workshop on the future design of the Kwun Tong Town Centre, the largest ever single redevelopment project undertaken by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).

The participants' task was facilitated by the use of a 3-D urban design computer software which is the first time that such a professional software is used for a community workshop of its kind in Hong Kong. A team of architecture undergraduates was on hand to assist the participants in generating instantly various planning scenarios and layouts according to their views and suggestions. Results of the workshop will be given to three architecture consultant firms selected by the URA to produce comprehensive development concepts which will then be used for further consultation with the Kwun Tong community and other stakeholders.

The workshop, organised by the Kwun Tong District Advisory Committee (DAC) set up by the URA last November, is held to involve local residents, civic leaders, businessmen, planners, architects and social workers, etc. in the early stage of planning and design for the 5.35-hectare town centre. The URA intends to submit a formal planning application for this multi-billion-dollar project to the Town Planning Board before the end of March 2007.

Mr. Edward Cheng, Chairman of the URA Board, described the design workshop as an effective approach in "bottom-up" project planning that enabled a wide segment of the local community to participate hands-on in shaping an important part of their future habitat in an innovative and yet realistic manner.

"Through this workshop, the URA will not only have a firm grasp of the vision and aspirations of the local community but also establish a much closer mutual understanding between all interested parties and the Authority on the constraints and opportunities of this mega project," Mr. Cheng said.

"This is not simply a URA project. In view of its scale and complexity involving over 1,600 property interests, some 4,000 residents and need to maintain an unbroken service of public facilities even during the redevelopment period, it is essential that a close partnership be forged between the Authority and the residents. We will try to come up with a development model to reflect the ideas collected and put them in a coherent, integrated and modern manner.

"We should not lose this good opportunity to come up with a 21st Century design of world-class standard that can, apart from creating a meeting hub, help to address environmental and transport issues in East Kowloon," he said.

He emphasized that success of the project would depend on four critical factors including public participation in the comprehensive preparatory work on strategic positioning of the site as a community hub of East Kowloon, planning and design compatibility with government policies, acceptability of property acquisition and rehousing arrangements, and phased implementation to minimize disruption to people's livelihood.

"Of course, financial feasibility is a fundamental factor that must not be overlooked if we want to make our dream a reality," he added.

Professor David Lung, Chairman of the DAC who is also the Chairman of the Planning, Development and Conservation Committee of the URA Board, said the workshop provided an early opportunity for participants to visualize various options of the initial development design concept plans for the project with the aid of professional 3-D computer software.

"With the aid of the 3-D graphic software, participants were able to gain an instant ¡¥feel¡¦ of the various development mix and phasings they wanted to achieve.

"Furthermore, they were able to readily appreciate the practical problems inherent in the urban design process, such as the hard choice between building height, density and open space," he said.

During the workshop, the participants divided themselves into six work groups and each eventually came up with its own vision of the development mix and phasing of implementation. Three consultancy firms appointed for the initial design concept plans of the project were on hand to present the broad parameters of their design direction and listen to the views of the participants so that they could input the views wherever practicable into their future designs.

"We would consolidate views and suggestions from the workshop as well as those we have collected earlier in our community aspiration survey and produce three different detailed designs for further public consultation in the coming months," Professor Lung said.

The Kwun Tong Town Centre project is one of the 25 redevelopment projects announced but not yet commenced by the URA¡¦s predecessor, Land Development Corporation, in 1998.
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Renewal authority may sue over 'faked' newsletter
2 May 2006
South China Morning Post

The Urban Renewal Authority is considering legal action against an independent publisher after allegations that false information was published in the authority's newsletter on a Kwun Tong redevelopment.

The authority said yesterday it seemed street interviews, supposedly quoting Kwun Tong residents, had been "based on incorrect information". Doubts are understood to have been expressed whether eight people whose quotes and pictures appeared in the first issue of the newsletter in April were in fact Kwun Tong residents or workers as they were claimed to be.

The authority refused to identify the publication house, which it said was responsible for interviews, write-ups, photography, design, printing and distribution of the bulletin in the once-seedy factory district now undergoing a facelift.

Two interviewees, a Miss Poon and a Miss Hung, refused to say where they lived when contacted by the South China Morning Post, but Miss Poon said she is a journalism student at Tsuen Wan's Chu Hai College of Higher Education.

A newspaper vendor quoted in the article, who was alleged to have a business in Tsuen Wan, not Kwun Tong, could not be reached.

"We are very concerned about this allegation and are now conducting a full investigation," the authority said in a statement. "We {hellip} would not allow any misleading and incorrect information to be published in the bulletin."

But it refused to release more information, such as the tendering process, the contract and the name of the publishing company on the ground of pending legal action.

Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit said the incident and the authority's reaction were "unacceptable". He demanded the authority release all relevant information. "Everything carried by a newsletter must be genuine," he said. "No one should fake any information. It is totally unacceptable. The authority must explain what happened and what went wrong." He said he was doing a study on Kwun Tong's future. "I have had no difficulty getting Kwun Tong residents and business people talking to me. I don't understand how the blunder happened," he said.

The authority plans to issue the bulletin every two to three months to keep residents informed of the authority's moves on the redevelopment. It printed 30,000 copies of the first issue.

The eight interviewees were described as living or working in Kwun Tong. Six expressed impatience with the district's run-down condition, hoping the redevelopment would improve living conditions and business opportunities.

A newspaper vendor worried it might affect his business and another hoped the government would consult sufficiently.

The Kwun Tong renewal is the city's biggest redevelopment project. The authority estimates it will cost $25 billion and take 10 years. It will affect 23 buildings and 1,635 property rights.
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Old June 15th, 2006, 10:05 AM   #11
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From News.gov.hk:
CE (Chief Executive) supports Kwun Tong revamp
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Kwun Tong facelift to go on display
21 July 2006
South China Morning Post

Kwun Tong residents will next month be shown three models of how the area could look after redevelopment in what the Urban Renewal Authority calls an exercise in community participation.

Billy Lam Chung-lun, the authority's managing director, yesterday said the authority would hire an independent institute to survey the views of the residents and businesses about the three proposals.

"Community participation tops our agenda in this redevelopment project," Mr Lam said at a meeting of the Kwun Tong District Council.

"We hope there will be a mainstream opinion on how the redevelopment should go ahead after the consultation."

The redevelopment project in the rundown former factory area, the authority's biggest, will cost $25 billion and take more than 10 years.

Affecting 23 buildings and 1,635 property rights, it was announced in early 1998 by the dissolved Land Development Corporation. It was passed on to the authority after it was set up three years later.

The 5.3 hectare project includes Yuet Wah Street bus terminal and the area bordered by Hip Wo Street, Mut Wah Street, Hong Ning Road and Kwun Tong Road.

Mr Lam told district councillors the authority would follow four principles - community participation, phased redevelopment, financial viability and capping compensation at the equivalent of a seven-year-old building in the same neighbourhood.

Lau Wai-chung, chairman of the Alliance of Kwun Tong's Urban Renewal, said they wanted the project to start as soon as possible.
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Plan announced to renew Kwun Tong
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Kwun Tong Tower, 88 storey purposed

Yup, there was an 88 storie tower proposed for Kwun Tong. It was designed by Peter Pran but never went to effect.
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Here is the other Kwun Tong redevelopment thread in this section : https://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=280358
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August 8, 2006
Views sought on Kwun Tong facelift

The Urban Renewal Authority is seeking views on the three design concepts for rejuvenating Kwun Tong town centre into a modern and vibrant hub for Kowloon East.

The design themes are:

* Metamorphosis - a simple straightforward design concept that evolves from the traditional town centre to form a new oasis, merging street culture and an enjoyable shopping environment;

* Civic Hub - a civic square is the focal point of the development, aiming to create a quality town centre and to enhance its presence and identity in East Kowloon; and,

* A New Centre for East Kowloon, the Model City of Tomorrow - a new town centre for Kwun Tong and East Kowloon, with a new focus on community life.

The authority's Managing Director Billy Lam said the project, the largest single redevelopment scheme the authority has ever undertaken, covers 5.3 hectares with over 1,600 property interests, affecting 4,500 residents and costing nearly $30 billion. It will take 12 years or more to complete.

Mega project

Noting the mega project is a huge challenge for both the authority and the community, Mr Lam said both parties will work closely. To ensure success, five guiding principles are essential:

* wide public consultation and full community participation in planning and design;

* adopting a creative and visionary design for a modern town centre serving as a model for quality living and as the commercial, transportation, retail and activities hub for East Kowloon;

* phased development to minimise impact and sustain the economic vibrancy of the area;

* understanding and acceptance of the authority's prevailing compensation and rehousing policies by those affected; and,

* prudent financing strategy to ensure the project's financial viability and sustainability.

Comprehensive facilities

The authority's Kwun Tong District Advisory Committee Chairman David Lung said three rounds of consultations have been conducted in the last 18 months.

Emerging from the surveys, committee discussions and the workshop is a consensus that the future town centre should provide comprehensive public facilities, a commercial hub with a landmark building, quality residential space, enlarged open space, culture and recreation facilities, plenty of greenery and an efficient transport interchange.

This round of public consultation, lasting for two months, will begin with a roadshow of the three proposed design models at 71 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong on Thursday. The roadshow will end on August 31 and be staged at 'apm' Office Tower Lobby from September 2 to 9, Tseung Kwan O Metro City Plaza II from September 19 to 20, and Yau Tong Lei Yue Mun Plaza from September 25 to 27.

Reaching out

The authority will brief community groups and conduct opinion surveys at the roadshows and briefing sessions.

It will then form a final proposal based on community feedback, and policy and financial considerations, for submission to the Town Planning Board by the end of March.

The existing town centre was planned and constructed in the early 1960s to serve a mere 60,000 population. Today, Kwun Tong's population has soared to over 600,000.
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300億重建觀塘變無煙城
工程為期12年 公布3方案諮詢

2006年8月9日





【明報專訊】市區重建局公布觀塘市中心重建計劃3個構思方案,建議耗資300億元將充斥破舊樓宇的裕民坊重建成「無煙城」,交通總匯採半地下式興建,居民則可在平台上的步行街暢遊,令人車爭路的情絕。高度超越apm商場的地標式商廈,加上逾30萬呎的休憩地帶使該區成為媲美西九文娛區的東九龍新地標。

但市建局指項目需時長達12年,樓市周期波動及高達130億元的收購賠償隨時令只餘32億元現金儲備的市建局「一鋪清袋」,重建期間亦會對居民造成滋擾。因此市建局傾向分期收購賠償減低風險,市建局指倘樓市下跌逾5%,項目便要蝕錢。

空氣流通量料增20%

3個重建方案以「薈萃觀塘」、「躍動都會」及「東九創核心都市新典範」為主題,以不同布局規劃新市中心,但全部方案均建議在5.35公頃的重建範圍內,興建5座住宅大廈,提供2000個單位,以及1至2座的地標式商廈及酒店等。市建局規劃及設計總監馬昭智表示,商業項目將分佈在觀塘道一帶,鄰近地鐵及南面商業區,以成為內區的隔音屏障,住宅大廈則交錯分佈在北面部分,以盡量減低「屏風效應」,預計重建後市中心的空氣流通量可較目前增加20%。

建梯級式平台 確保人車分隔

此外,擬興建的休憩地帶將達30萬平方呎 ( 2.9萬平方米 ),包括一個相當於兩個修頓球場的裕民坊中央廣場,內有人工瀑布、多用途廣場及各式各樣的政府及社區設施。為杜絕現時人車爭路、汽車廢氣污染居民的情,市中心地區將興建一個梯級式的平台,由多條步行街貫穿各區域,車輛及巴士等公共交通則在平台下的半地下式道路及交通總匯行駛,確保人車分隔。

樓市倘跌逾5%蝕本

市建局行政總監林中麟強調,規劃前已進行4輪公眾諮詢,相信方案能反映主流民意,成為未來東九龍的經濟火車頭。但他強調,由於重建項目投資額高達300億元,相當於歷來所有項目的總和,需時達12年,其間樓市波動及龐大利息負擔使發展風險「較為不尋常」。他表示﹕「如果以1元收樓,到招標 ( 出售項目 ) 時樓市跌至9亳半( 即5% ),我們便打平沒有利潤,( 樓市 ) 再跌便要蝕本。」他強調,重建方案地積比率約8倍,內部回報率約6至7%,屬偏低水平,此密度已盡量平衡社會對環保通風的要求,如果密度太低便沒利潤,發展商也不會參與計劃。至於賠償安排,他表示會依照現行「7年樓齡」作賠償標準,並傾向分期收購及重建,以免「居民一夜間走晒」,令市中心變成死城,影響區內活動
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Exciting news indeed!! A decade or so later Hong Kong would have West Kowloon, Kai Tak, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong as new "centres".

I wonder how the "landmark" office tower would look like.
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Exciting news indeed!! A decade or so later Hong Kong would have West Kowloon, Kai Tak, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong as new "centres".

I wonder how the "landmark" office tower would look like.
CAN WE HAVE THIS ONE BUILD AS KWUN TONG LANDMARK!!!!
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CAN WE HAVE THIS ONE BUILD AS KWUN TONG LANDMARK!!!!
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I think that's better off in Chicago But if they're gonna build it in HK, I prefer building it in Central or Admiralty than Kwun Tong
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