Notorious Shanghai ‘nail house’ in middle of road to be demolished
Residents will move after agreeing to a revised compensation deal with local authorities
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.
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.