New health facilities and footbridge to be built in Kwun Tong

Officials say the amenities are designed to cater for the needs of an ageing population in the area

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:52am

A new pedestrian link and health centre will be provided in Kwun Tong under a redevelopment project now under way, say officials.

The HK$95 million footbridge and HK$105 million health centre were designed to cater to the needs of a growing and ageing population in the area, the Development Bureau said.

Norman Heung Yuk-sai, project manager for Kowloon at the Civil Engineering and Development Department, said the 1,087 square metre medical centre would replace the Jockey Club Health Centre at Yue Man Square, which will make way for redevelopment of the square, but would have enhanced facilities.

The new centre, accommodating a Labour Department occupational health clinic, a general outpatient clinic, a maternal and child health centre and a government dental clinic, will occupy the first three floors of a new building on Yuet Wah Street, Heung said.

The methadone clinic at the existing centre would be moved to a building near the Kwun Tong MTR station, he said.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of next year or early 2014.

The new pedestrian link will connect the MTR station with Yuet Wah Street through a footbridge and elevators - a trip that now requires climbing 180 stairs.

Meanwhile, the bureau says land in Yan Shun Lane might have to be taken back by the government if unlicensed stall operators in the area refuse to move out.

But principal assistant secretary Winnie So Chui-ying said that this would be a last resort. The government has offered compensation of HK$50,000 but the operators are asking for more. Negotiations are continuing.