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Notorious Shanghai ‘nail house’ in middle of road to be demolished

Residents will move after agreeing to a revised compensation deal with local authorities

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 3:21pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 4:19pm

One of Shanghai’s most notorious “nail houses” is to be knocked down, according to a news website report.

Residents had refused to move out of the home in Hutong North Road for 14 years in a dispute over compensation to make way for a road-widening scheme.

The expanded highway was eventually built around the house, but the four-lane road is limited to two as it skirts the building.

The house will be demolished next week, according to the news website Jfdaily.com.

‘Nail house’ couple refuse to move

Residents have agreed a revised compensation deal with the local authorities, giving them four flats.

They were offered about 130 square metres of land and 800,000 yuan (US$123,000) in 2003, according to the report.

Nail houses regularly attract headlines in China, with residents refusing to move to make way for development schemes built around their homes.