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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    URA set to think big after rare deficit

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:54am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Authority lost HK$2.3b for the last financial year- and sources say a focus on large-scale redevelopments may help it fight back URA set to think big after ... for the last financial year. The URA said the deficit was mainly due to the delay in tendering for four projects amid resistance from property owners, and provisions for losses on five projects ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - TOWN PLANNING

    Loss-making URA may scale down involvement in small projects

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 03:53am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Faced with HK$3 billion in losses, URA is having second thoughts about redevelopment scheme Door may be shut on small projects It may be left to the private ... books, the authority is considering scaling down its commitment to loss-making projects under a scheme in which it develops sites at the request of owners, an ad hoc URA committee heard ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Evicted father threatens to jump

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 04:48am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Family of five failed to agree compensation with URA for loss of flat Evicted father threatens to jump A father threatened to leap from his family's ... of tenements in Hai Tan Street, Sham Shui Po, to make way for a URA redevelopment announced in 2006. The dispute continued even after the government resumed ownership of the site in 2011. Three other ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Kwun Tong alley shopkeepers stand their ground against URA

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Kwun Tong alley business owners won't make way for project despite offers of compensation Ousted shopkeepers stand their ground against URA Three months before a deadline to move out, 28 small businesses in a Kwun Tong alley stand in the way of the Urban Renewal Authority's biggest project ever. The businesses, in their makeshift shops ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - REDEVELOPMENT

    Owner of collapsed To Kwa Wan block 'won't get URA payout'

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Prospects of a lawsuit may be getting in the way of compensation for To Kwa Wan landlady Owner of collapsed block 'won't get URA payout' ... it emerged yesterday. Chak Oi-luen, owner of 45J on Ma Tau Wai Road, was instead likely to obtain a payout from the government, which took over the land resumption from the URA, a source said. ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - URBAN PLANNING

    City urged to look at big picture in redevelopment of slum areas

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 04:25am by Olga Wong

    ... model. Lam, however, acknowledged that a more visionary approach to renewal would require greater financial and policy commitments from the government- especially after the URA ran up a HK$2.3 ... renewal'," Lam, also a member of the URA board, told the South China Morning Post. "But we can only do the latter, given what the government has committed financially. It is a piecemeal approach ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    URA approach puts profits before people, say critics

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:20pm by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau To many social activists, the Urban Renewal Authority's (URA) pledge to adopt a "people-first, district-based" approach in its work rings hollow. Instead, critics ... the needs of low-income residents originally living in the area. The URA's bottom line is certainly to be envied: its profits more than doubled from HK$1.8 billion in 2011/2012 to HK$4.4 ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    City Digest, October 30, 2012

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to stealing food from Apita supermarket, Taikoo Shing, and two T-shirts from Marks & Spencer. URA offers HK$10,323 a sq ft in Kowloon City The Urban Renewal Authority is offering up to a record ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    URA has turned its back on local people in Kwun Tong redevelopment

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 05:06pm by Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng Albert Cheng says the authority is failing in its basic duty to provide affordable housing in areas of urban decay, preferring to focus on profits URA has turned its back ... has been one of the biggest projects for the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) in recent years. Gentrification and the redevelopment of the area will be done in stages. Work in the first ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - TOWN PLANNING

    Money, not a social mission, seems to be driving Urban Renewal Authority

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 11:26am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Urban renewal body's move away from smaller, less profitable projects leads many to wonder if it is abandoning its mission to society Is the URA putting ... mission over profit? As Institute of Urban Design vice-president Vincent Ng Wing-shun put it, "profitable projects do not need the URA to step in". The authority revealed on Wednesday ...




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