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  1. Balance must be struck over urban renewal

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... between development and preservation. There is a need for a better process, one which ensures that urban renewal can proceed in a timely manner, while giving all stakeholders a fair opportunity ... But the consequence is deadlock, confrontation and delay. Officials have a point when they say that numerous fresh proposals and constant changes of direction make urban renewal difficult. No group, no matter ...

  2. Strategy revamp on urban renewal welcome

    Posted Sep 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Urban renewal can be a complicated and controversial endeavour, particularly in a city such as Hong Kong. Most people here live in densely populated high-rises, many of which have fallen ... their properties. So it is ironic that when the Urban Renewal Authority steps in to buy up dilapidated blocks for redevelopment, it is often treated with derision by the owners. The problem lies in the way ...

  3. Urban renewal chief wants to focus on big picture

    Posted Feb 11th 2007, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan The Urban Renewal Authority should focus on bigger projects which can revitalise older districts, according to its managing director. Billy Lam Chung-lun said dozens of small ... of the new urban renewal strategy, which will be drafted later this year with the government. The Urban Renewal Authority was set up in 2001 to implement a renewal programme consisting of 200 new ...

  4. Urban renewal chief chased by 'Wedding Card Street' protesters

    Posted Dec 25th 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong A meeting between the Urban Renewal Authority chairman and hunger strikers in Wan Chai's 'Wedding Card Street' ended in chaos yesterday as demonstrators chased him and blocked his departure. The meeting was arranged after a dozen protesters opposing plans to redevelop the area presented a petition to the authority's headquarters. After exchanging views ...

  5. Lawmakers condemn Urban Renewal Authority over woes of development

    Posted Jun 27th 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Legislators across the political spectrum launched an offensive against the Urban Renewal Authority yesterday. They were particularly angry with the authority's decision to keep the financial information of individual redevelopment projects a secret, despite repeated requests, on the grounds of commercial sensitivity. Legislators on the planning, lands and works ...

  6. Alan Leong is dropped from Urban Renewal Authority

    Posted Apr 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter The new make-up of the Urban Renewal Authority was announced yesterday, with chief executive challenger Alan Leong Kah-kit failing to be reappointed to the board ... HK$30 billion Kwun Tong renewal project, which is the city's biggest. With an area of 5.35 hectares, it affects 24 buildings, 1,635 property rights and about 5,000 people and will take 12 ...

  7. Correct approach to urban renewal

    Posted Apr 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Urban Renewal Authority has come in for some criticism for plans to redevelop parts of Hong Kong that residents do not want to relinquish for historical or sentimental reasons. But its most ambitious project yet- tearing down 5.3 hectares of a shabby district of Kwun Tong- would seem to be meeting little resistance. Part of the reason for this is that the sort of heritage ...

  8. Anger over renewal authority's 'forgotten' Des Voeux Rd mansion

    Posted Oct 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chester Yung A residential building under the management of the Urban Renewal Authority in Western District has been largely left idle for more than 10 years. Up to 84 per cent, or 168 ... is entirely up to the eligible tenants who are affected by the URA's ongoing and future urban renewal projects to choose rehousing or cash compensation as settlement, while the URA has to keep ...

  9. Residents may get say on renewal

    Posted Sep 18th 2007, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan and Helen Wu The Urban Renewal Authority is considering allowing residents in old districts to initiate redevelopment plans to help minimise tensions. Sources said a 'demand-driven, bottom-up' development model could reduce conflicts between the authority and those affected by redevelopment projects. 'At present, our strategy is very much top-down, as we ...

  10. Legco call to review 'bully' tactics

    Posted Sep 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu Legislators called for a comprehensive review of the government's urban renewal strategy yesterday, saying social discontent over the way the Urban Renewal Authority handled some of its projects would soon 'explode' if a review did not come in time. Albert Chan Wai-yip, of the League of Social Democrats, told the Legislative Council's planning, lands ...




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