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National pilot project revives rural areas

The Chongqing Country Land Exchange is a national pilot project to revitalise rural areas in inland cities. The project allows landowners to transfer the land use in an open market and it was established in November 2008 with the approval of the State Council.

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011, 12:00am

Pair lose payout fight on tenement revamp prompted by collapse

Two shop owners who raised objections to redevelopment in To Kwa Wan lost their battle for better compensation yesterday. The Development Bureau's appeal board said it had no power to change the compensation policy of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

URA to play deal-maker over properties

The Urban Renewal Authority is to take up a new role as a deal-maker between flat owners and developers who want to acquire and redevelop their properties.

The move is intended to set an example for estate agents, who are often accused of using pressure tactics and other dubious methods to persuade small property owners to sell flats to developers.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

URA plans work in phases to stop market from dying

Redevelopment surrounding the 150-year-old Graham Street market will be undertaken in phases and more incentives will be offered to encourage hawkers to stay on during the reconstruction, the Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Protest call to residents

An environmental group is asking residents of a Mid-Levels development to request that a developer lower the density of a proposed two-tower, 50-storey project before they sell their flats to the consortium.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

URA's HK$9,986/sq ft offer for Staunton St

The Urban Renewal Authority has offered to acquire 24 old buildings in Central for HK$9,986 a square foot of saleable floor area for domestic properties - its highest acquisition rate ever offered.

The owner-occupiers of the buildings in Staunton Street and Wing Lee Street are also being offered priority to buy flats after redevelopment at market price under a pilot scheme.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

New look

The Urban Renewal Authority is considering widening its focus from individual redevelopment to the surrounding district. Do you think this is the right move for this much-maligned government department? Write to us.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

URA turns to people power

The Urban Renewal Authority is considering a change in strategy - widening its focus from individual redevelopment projects to the surrounding district and community.

The ground-breaking changes would also allow for a site's plot ratio, or permitted development density, to be transferred to another project.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

URA turns to people power

A district-based approach to redevelopment that would allow site density limits to be transferred from one project to another is being considered by the Urban Renewal Authority in its latest strategy review.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

High offers for acquisitions expected

After 10 years of conflict over various redevelopment plans for Staunton Street in Central, acquisition offers will go out to residents next month and are expected to create record highs.

Total project costs are estimated at about HK$1 billion, boosted by the booming property market and heritage preservation pressure.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Housing official admits Beijing evicted 15,000 in path of Games

Just under 15,000 Beijing residents have been relocated to make way for Olympic venues, one of the city's top housing officials admitted yesterday.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report headlined 'We won't sell, Sneaker St owners tell URA' on City page 1 yesterday said the Sneaker Street owners opposing the Urban Renewal Authority's redevelopment plan claimed they held about a quarter of the 175 property rights. In fact, they claimed they owned 40 per cent of the area of the project. According to the URA, they own 24 per cent of the 175 properties rights.

30 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

We won't sell, Sneaker St owners tell URA

Owners who claim to hold about a quarter of the property interests in the Sneaker Street redevelopment in Mong Kok said yesterday they would not hand over their premises to the Urban Renewal Authority.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Balance must be struck over urban renewal

There is no doubting the strength of conviction shown by lone hunger striker May Yip Mee-yung in her bid to halt the demolition of tenements in Wan Chai's Wedding Card Street. Her actions have attracted attention to the issue and drawn sympathy. But however strongly she feels, no one wants to see someone endangering their health and ending up in hospital over the dispute.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Coma fears in Wedding Card Street hunger strike

The former proprietor of a shop in Wedding Card Street pledged yesterday to continue an 80-hour hunger strike in protest against the area's redevelopment, despite her deteriorating physical condition.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am