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Redeveloping civil servants' co-op estates needs active consideration

Redeveloping housing estates built for civil servants is far more feasible and practical than building more flats in already crowded Mid-Levels. Photo: Reuters

Why travel in a straight line when you can take a twisted path? That seems to be the way the government operates.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 6:38am

Centuries old Beijing temples converted to high-end 'dining clubs'

The interior of one of the restaurants. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Two Beijing temples, designated as cultural heritage sites and entitled to state protection, have been transformed into restaurants.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:54pm

Retired civil servants offer housing estates to ease land shortage

Leung Chun-ying at TVB City yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

"[Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying has been trying to increase land supply by different means such as developing the New Territories North, but there are difficulties," said Wong Pak-yan, the convenor of a petition forum on the redevelopment of co-operative housing yesterday.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Mid-Levels unlikely to see rush to develop

Ebenezer School in Pok Fu Lam Road is one example of a building that could be redeveloped into projects with higher plot ratios, agents say. Photo: Nora Tam

News that the government might lift restrictions on property development in Pok Fu Lam and Mid-Levels has drawn a lukewarm response from landlords and buyers, according to industry players.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am

Lift deterrent to use of industrial land, URA chief Barry Cheung says

Barry Cheung, an executive councillor, thinks the government should recognise the market value of rezoned sites. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A top aide of the chief executive has floated proposals to release industrial land more quickly for housing, including reducing the land premiums that site owners must pay for redevelopment.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am 1 comment

Owner of collapsed To Kwa Wan block 'won't get URA payout'

The owner of a To Kwa Wan tenement building that collapsed in 2010, killing four people, has failed to get any compensation from the Urban Renewal Authority over redevelopment of the area, it emerged yesterday.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:12am

Shui On Land expects bumper rental income from Corporate Avenue II

Corporate Avenue II is part of the 52-hectare Taipingqiao redevelopment. Photo: SCMP

Mainland developer Shui On Land says its office-retail project, Corporate Avenue II, will generate annual rental incomes of up to 700 million yuan (HK$862.84 million) once all the space has been leased.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:56am

Heritage policy must balance conservation and development

The residential redevelopment of Ho Tung Gardens is dropped after all. Photo: Sam Tsang

The public can be excused if they are confused about the government's commitment to heritage conservation. From the controversial U-turns on Government Hill and the historic Ho Tung Gardens to the choice of appointees on an advisory panel, there appears to be a lack of consistency and priority in preserving our diminishing heritage.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am

URA may change consensus threshold after single holdout threatens project

URA may change consensus threshold after single holdout threatens project

The Urban Renewal Authority will review the threshold set for demand-led redevelopment projects after a pilot project in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, faced being derailed by an owner refusing to sell his shop.

22 Dec 2012 - 4:11am 1 comment

Shape of neighbourhoods to come

The city's older areas such as Staunton Street in Sheung Wan are home to many interesting stores and products. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's a popular pastime during the Christmas and New Year holidays to visit shopping centres to have a look at the festive decorations.

But winter is also a good time to visit shops that line the streets in the city's old districts.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:33am

Hong Kong's balancing act on heritage building conservation made difficult

Good and bad news about the city's heritage buildings can create confusing perceptions about the government's commitment to conservation. In a welcome "about-face" on the redevelopment plan for the former government headquarters, the new administration has decided that the west wing will not be turned into a commercial tower, as had been decided by its predecessors.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:31am

Clear plan needed to address land supply and housing issues

Buy at your own risk now.

Not surprisingly, the state of the real estate market, particularly the residential sector, has been the subject of much discussion since the new administration took office in July and began an attempt to make up for the failure of its predecessors to adequately address land and housing issues.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

New health facilities and footbridge to be built in Kwun Tong

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.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Backing low-cost housing plan for old factories

The Cheung Hing Industrial Building. Photo: Edward Wong

I refer to the report ("Old factories to be bulldozed for new flats", October 27).

14 Nov 2012 - 3:15am

Number of homes at Kai Tak site must be doubled, says adviser

The Kai Tak development project is now under review.

The number of new homes planned for the former Kai Tak airport site should be more than doubled, to 70,000 units, a key government adviser said yesterday.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am 4 comments