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HK$700m conservation project lost in time

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