Showcase structures facing demolition
STAFF REPORTER in Beijing
Two buildings constructed to attract investment to impoverished Guizhou province have already been listed for demolition because of bad town planning.
The buildings, in Guiyang and Anshun, were said to be illegal and were obstructing main roads.
Workers have already started to tear down the Jinse Da Shijie (Golden Universe) entertainment centre and nightclub in Guiyang, the provincial capital.
The 20 million yuan (HK$18.6 million) five-storey building was built in European style, complete with a dome, turrets and statues of naked women.
The demolition is part of the province's largest crackdown on illegal buildings. Officials said the centre was originally approved only as a temporary three-storey pedestrian mall.
'The Golden Universe obstructs traffic along Qingyun Road, one of Guiyang's main streets,' one official said.
When it opened last December, Golden Universe became Guiyang's most fashionable club. Less than six months later it had closed.
Hongyang Entertainment, which ran the club, leased the building for 20 years from the city Government.
The company has filed a complaint against the city Government to recoup its investment of more than 20 million yuan and plans to sue if it is refused. Hongyang's 10 creditors have also expressed interest in joining any lawsuit.
In Anshun, 90km from Guiyang, the 17 million yuan Huangguoshu (Yellow Fruit Tree) Shopping City will be pulled down by the end of the year.
It was built near a junction of a main road designed to connect Anshun city's old and new districts, and is also said to have obstructed traffic.
Three years after the centre was completed, 11,000 square metres of its mall area remain empty.
Anshun Guangshun Real Estate Development, the owner of the shopping centre, is willing to let the city tear down the building, if the city Government agrees to buy the company and compensate for the loss of the building.
There has been much public criticism of officials for failing to stop the two structures being built so close to main roads. The governments in both cities are shouldering the costs of demolition.
Shenzhen Guangshun Company, the chief investor in the real estate company, had indicated it would not invest in Guizhou province again, a report said.