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  1. Lawmakers call for fuel subsidies to be given for urban renewal projects

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... to self-finance would limit the creativity of renewal plans.' He welcomed a government suggestion to collect the public's views on the new urban renewal strategy through websites and electronic ... Olga Wong Lawmakers have called on the government to give fuel subsidies to the Urban Renewal Authority, both to help it deal with high energy prices and to revamp its financing model. ...

  2. Don't short-change shop owners in urban renewal

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... to make way for urban redevelopment. The owners of the Leung Faat Noodle Factory face the prospect of mandatory surrender of their property as the developer, the Lai Sun Group, successfully ... and complained that the compensation is not enough for them to buy a similar unit in the neighbourhood. To be fair, no one can deny that urban redevelopment is a necessity because it provides an answer ...

  3. Funding rule 'ties URA hands on cheap flats'

    Posted Oct 15th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The Urban Renewal Authority cannot afford to build only cheaper flats because it has to pay its own way under the government's new renewal strategy and needs revenue from ... Chun-yuen said the authority's board would soon discuss how it should engage developers. Law Chi-kwong, a professor studying renewal issues at the University of Hong Kong, said there was room ...

  4. Urban Renewal Authority told to make smaller and cheaper flats

    Posted Nov 19th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The Urban Renewal Authority should be required to provide a certain number of small and cheaper flats in its redevelopment projects, surveyors have proposed. David Tse Kin-wah, chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' task force on urban-renewal strategy, said redevelopment projects were delivering mostly luxury flats, adding ...

  5. Surplus raises questions on self-financing at the URA

    Posted Jun 15th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong and Joyce Ng The disclosure of the financial results at individual redevelopments yesterday has raised questions as to whether the financial model of the Urban Renewal Authority ... cost. 'We are self-financing at the moment and we don't have plans to ask for more from the government,' the authority's chairman, Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, said. 'The ...

  6. Planning board backs SoHo owners' plan

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Confusion surrounds a project to redevelop Staunton Street after the Town Planning Board urged the government yesterday to consider shrinking the site to preserve five tenement buildings recently refurbished by owners. Some buildings were only bought and refurbished after the Urban Renewal Authority announced the redevelopment plan in 2003. The owners asked board members ...

  7. In the forefront of recovery

    Posted Sep 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Susie Gyopos Urban planning is expanding despite a dry spell of business due to the global downturn. Opportunities are strong on the mainland and in developing economies across Asia. Paul ... has the side effect of improving the environment.' Entering the planning profession requires a degree in urban planning, planning or urban design. The University of Hong Kong offers ...

  8. URA vows to safeguard communities

    Posted Apr 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Elderly people affected by redevelopment projects could be resettled in the same district in future under a proposal made by the Urban Renewal Authority to retain local community ... urban renewal strategy. He said the measure had become feasible because future redevelopments would be conducted on a district-based approach, giving the authority more flexibility. 'It ...

  9. The great Wing Lee Street contradiction

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng The Urban Renewal Authority made a sudden U-turn this week, deciding to spare Wing Lee Street from the wrecking ball. Then, within a day, the Legislative Council passed a bill ... of a building in order to force its compulsory sale, once the new law takes effect on April 1. Both cases involve the acquisition of run-down tenements for urban renewal. But there seems to be a lack ...

  10. Lawmakers call for sparing use of lower building-sale threshold

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... rights of the minority are protected.' Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee proposed the same condition, citing the Ma Tau Wai Road project recently started by the Urban Renewal Authority ...




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