URA lowers density of Staunton St project

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 January, 2010, 12:00am

The Urban Renewal Authority adopted government advice to lower the density of a Staunton Street redevelopment after the Town Planning Board rejected a proposal by owners of buildings involved in the project yesterday.

A Town Planning Board spokeswoman said the board rejected the owners' proposal - rezone tenement buildings at 60-66 Staunton Street as residential with a lower density and preserve refurbished blocks - because it might not be feasible.

The spokeswoman said interviews conducted by the Planning Department with some owners of tenement buildings found that not all owners in the redevelopment site objected to redevelopment, 'they are just dissatisfied with the price offered by the authority,' she said. Also, under zoning laws, the owners' plan would not stop redevelopment of high-rise buildings on the site in future.

An authority spokesman said the authority had decided to adopt Planning Department advice to lower the site's redevelopment density from plot ratio 4.5 to 3.9, meaning the residential block proposed would be reduced from 28 storeys to 20 storeys.

The spokesman said the authority's proposal would allow better visual links in the area and improve pedestrian circulation. 'There will be a 7.5-metre visual corridor between the new and existing developments,' he said.