Fears over effect on views, traffic remain

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 November, 2008, 12:00am

Residents, workers and visitors in Wan Chai welcomed the proposed reduction in height of the former Mega Tower, but still expressed concern about the project's effect on views and traffic.

Patrick Ng, who works in the area, said he was worried that traffic jams in the already congested streets would get worse. 'Now conditions are already critical,' he said. 'I believe they will become worse.'

He thought it was reasonable for the height of the Hopewell Centre II, as the project is now known, to be reduced to 55 floors.

A resident, Ms Fung, also supported the reduction from the original 93 floors. As the new development would rest against a hill, she believed the impact would be reduced.

Sally Ho Emmerton, a spokeswoman for the Kennedy Road Protection Group formed by residents, welcomed the reduction, but said the group would need more details of the plan to understand the traffic impact, which had been one of its key concerns. She also said the revised plan should still go to the Town Planning Board for approval again.