Tenants worried over rezoning plans for Cheung Sha Wan factory building
More than 500 tenants in a Cheung Sha Wan industrial building are concerned they will be forced out as the land on which their building stands will be rezoned as open space.
The move is a result of the government's search for housing land in the area. The administration plans to turn a temporary golf range on Lai Chi Kok Road into land for public housing.
To compensate residents for their loss of open space, a similar-sized site - where the Wang Cheong Factory Building stands - will be rezoned for that purpose.
The 11-storey building run by the Housing Authority is leased out for factory purposes. The occupancy rate of its 1,020 units reached 98 per cent this year.
Bamboo-steamer maker To Wai-pan, who rents two units, is worried he will not be able to find a reasonably priced alternative if he is forced to leave. He pays HK$25,000 a month for both units that together measure 125 square metres.
"I honestly have no plans if we are asked to go," he said, adding that he hoped the Planning Bureau would listen to the tenants' concerns.
Wong Kwan-yin, who chairs the Wang Cheong Mutual Aid Committee, said the building houses many unique local businesses rarely found elsewhere.
"These businesses play an important part in Hong Kong's economy," he said. There were manufacturers who specialised in making the bases of dentures, meter fare machines for taxis and paper dolls for traditional Chinese funerals, he said.
A Housing Department spokesman said it had no plan at present to vacate the building. The Planning Department said officials would listen to what the building's tenants had to say in a meeting today.