Boats and boardwalk floated for North Point

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 April, 2010, 12:00am

A harbourfront planning study has suggested developing the North Point ferry piers and the Eastern Harbour Tunnel portal area into leisure hubs.

In a paper to be discussed by the Town Planning Board tomorrow, the Planning Department proposes that the pier area, adjacent to the site of a future high-rise residential development, could be renovated as an 'icon' of Island East, with leisure boats, rooftop cafes and restaurants. A boardwalk would be built under the Island Eastern Corridor as part of a continuous promenade to Quarry Bay, Shau Kei Wan and Chai Wan.

The department said the site near the tunnel portal could become an 'entertainment hub' with, for example, a five- or six-storey multipurpose performance centre. Some open areas could be reserved for a fun fair. A footbridge would connect the site with Quarry Bay Park phase one and Hoi Yu Street.

For this development, the government would seek a partnership with a private organisation.

As a low-key alternative, the site could have a three-storey block of shops and restaurants, and the promenade at Hoi Yu Street could be designed for a cycling route.

The proposals stem from a public consultation in March and April last year.

The study covers 200 hectares of land in North Point, Quarry Bay, Shau Kei Wan and Chai Wan, including both public and private land, and includes a continuous promenade. The department said the boardwalk construction might encroach on the seabed, which could breach the Protection of Harbour Ordinance.

The department will consult the Town Planning Board tomorrow and the Eastern District Council next week.