HK$700m conservation project lost in time

Movie director Fruit Chan Kuo is one of the city's creatives - including actor Chow Yun-fat - with offices in the shophouses. Photo: Thomas Yau

A plan to conserve a row of historic shophouses in Mong Kok's flower market has been delayed indefinitely, with the Urban Renewal Authority acquiring only half of the properties there.

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 5:21am

Facelift just what the doctor ordered

One of the city's oldest shophouses is set to receive its first visitors next week as a centre for traditional Chinese medicine under the auspices of Baptist University.

Lui Seng Chun, a Sham Shui Po tenement built in 1931, was revitalised in a 14-month government-funded project.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Taste sensations

George Town is a place to while and wander, its narrow streets still full of old Chinese shophouses in various states of repair. The scents of Peranakan food - the perfect mix of Straits Chinese and Malay - waft down Jalan Penang as you head towards the sea.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Front of old shophouse saved in hotel development

A developer will preserve part of a 74-year-old shophouse in Mong Kok after being offered an incentive by the government.

The front portion of the grade-three historical building at 179 Prince Edward Road West, built by a top manager of the China Motor Bus Company, will remain while a 13-storey hotel rises behind it.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

BUYERS on the ball

Decrepit low-rise buildings bordering Central are a boon for savvy investors who spot an opportunity where others see the wrecking ball.

Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan are home to a blend of former shop houses, crumbling low-rise residential buildings, a smattering of high rises and small Western and local businesses.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

URA plan will destroy area's creative buzz, filmmakers say

When film producer Amy Chin came across a 1,500 sq ft flat in an old shophouse in the Mong Kok flower market 20 years ago while looking for a new office, she knew she had fallen in love - with its high ceilings, balcony and huge, enclosed verandah.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Shophouse owners offered more than HK$8,000 per sq ft

The Urban Renewal Authority is offering an acquisition price of more than HK$8,000 per sq ft to flat owners living in two clusters of pre-war shophouses in Mong Kok.

The owners of the shophouses in Shanghai Street will get HK$8,010 per sq ft while residents of shophouses on Prince Edward Road West, part of the flower market, will get HK$9,391.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Ability to transfer rights vital to aid preservation, architect says

Architects say it is time to introduce a much-discussed incentive system for owners of listed buildings - which for many represent their only assets.

11 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Upmarket bar's rooftop garden is public space

Fancy throwing a party? You could fork out HK$20,000 to rent the roof garden of The Pawn, the heritage building turned trendy gastropub in Wan Chai.

Or you could go there and not pay a cent - because the area is actually classified as open space that can be used by anyone, not just bar patrons.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

City protects its cultural legacy

Efforts to revitalise and conserve historic buildings are creating opportunities for professionals with a passion for the past.

Hong Kong's historic buildings, while chronicling its past developments, remain an important touchstone of its cultural heritage.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Firms in Mong Kok's historic shophouses may be allowed to stay after renovations

Stores that sell building supplies may be able to return to their historic Mong Kok shophouses after preservation work has been completed, the Urban Renewal Authority says.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Kowloon shophouses saved as part of preservation plan

Residents to be moved as buildings become galleries, cafes

Two clusters of historic shophouses in West Kowloon are set to escape demolition - one group of buildings will be preserved for florists and artists, and the other will offer affordable dining in a bid to encourage people to visit the area.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

URA to preserve 6 shophouses, destroy 4

The Urban Renewal Authority submitted an application to the Town Planning Board yesterday to preserve six shophouses in Mallory Street, Wan Chai, while demolishing four in Burrows Street because of structural problems. It plans to repair the six shophouses and convert them into art studios, restaurants and shops.

13 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

HK$1.5 billion to save 30 shophouses

The Urban Renewal Authority will spend HK$1.5 billion this financial year to revitalise 30 pre-war Cantonese-style shophouses.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Traditional shophouses to stay

Nearly 50 traditional shophouses will be preserved thanks to a financial incentive scheme drawn up by the Urban Renewal Authority. Shophouses were featured in the last issue of Property magazine which highlighted the uncertainty which surrounded the traditional Chinese dwellings and business outlets.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am