Urban Renewal

Residents call on city to bury hearse problem

Funeral homes and car repair shops among big issues in the Kowloon City District.

The constant presence of hearses from nearby funeral homes and noise from car repair shops are two major concerns for residents that emerged from a public consultation on redevelopment of the Kowloon City District.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am

Urban renaissance


Two massive infrastructure projects will change the face of Kowloon forever. And that's not all, because there are ambitious regeneration plans for the old areas of the peninsula.

The story so far highlights the rebirth of West Kowloon, where a master-planned area - complete with office towers, city parks, museums, hotels and residential buildings - is half way to completion.

14 Dec 2012 - 11:27am

Rescued tenement to provide homes for international artist scheme

Connie Lam of the Hong Kong Arts Centre outside the Wing Lee Street artists' residences in Sheung Wan. Photo: Edward Wong

The tenements of Wing Lee Street were rescued from demolition by a film. Now it is hoped that some of the surviving buildings will preserve that link with the arts.

One of the tenements bought by the Urban Renewal Authority has been opened as Artist Home Base, an artist-in-residence programme run by the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

To Kwa Wan: Rundown but in high spirits

An aerial view of the ferry pier in Kowloon City. Photo: Chan Kiu

To Kwa Wan defies easy description. Its old, decrepit buildings are ripe to be torn down, yet its rich communal spirit - seemingly from an earlier Hong Kong - can never be replaced, once gone.

The shabbiness contrasts with the vibrancy of this mixed community of South Asians and locals, a place full of paradoxes.

3 Sep 2012 - 11:41am

URA to recruit for new projects

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) expects to increase its headcount over the next five years to satisfy the growing demand for skilled professionals arising from its multiple redevelopment and rehabilitation initiatives.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sensible approach to redevelopment

In Hong Kong, urban redevelopment evokes the images of haphazard, insensitive and profit-oriented business ventures. With meagre compensation, residents in run-down buildings are often pushed out of districts they have called home for years to settle in far-flung places with which they have no connection.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

URA constructing a better image

The Urban Renewal Authority has had an image problem, often being likened to a bulldozer that colludes with property developers. Under a revised strategy, it is beginning to pay attention to the needs of residents and shopkeepers of areas being revitalised and it is slowly changing perceptions.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


The government is to sell five low-density residential sites by tender in the first quarter, providing 430 new homes. They are in Repulse Bay, Clearwater Bay, Peng Chau, Tuen Mun and Ap Lei Chau.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Unease about rich-poor gap fuels proxy war over heritage

The controversy over Government Hill is looking like a bit of a farce, and I think I know why. Let us start with a brief recap. During the property slump of the late 1990s, the government took the Tamar reclamation, which was earmarked for sale and commercial development, off the market. The site lay vacant.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How our heritage is caught in limbo

Hong Kong's awareness of the need for heritage conservation has been growing in recent years. A coherent and effective policy that meets public expectation has yet to be developed. The result is that while the government often steps in to prevent old buildings being destroyed, this often occurs only at a late stage and when public opinion is strong.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Free inquiry service available to property owners facing compulsory sale

I refer to the letter from Lam Wai-leung ('Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights', September 25) and would like to clarify some of the points raised.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Tenements excised from Staunton Street project

The Town Planning Board officially announced changes to the Urban Renewal Authority's Staunton Street redevelopment under which the tenement buildings on Wing Lee Street will be excluded. However, private redevelopment of the buildings is allowed, but cannot exceed the present four storeys.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Urban renewal, done properly, can make good use of serviced land in old districts

I echo the view of David Akers-Jones, former secretary for the New Territories, on land supply for housing in Hong Kong ('HK has acres of land for development', June 22).

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Developers queue for green tests that boost floor area

Developers hungry for extra floor area for their projects via government concessions are queuing for environmental assessments of their buildings that are required under a revised policy that took effect yesterday.

Thirty new developments, including some big names, are already registered for a certificate from the Green Building Council.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Groups warn URA of more unrest over unfair compensation

Pressure groups warned yesterday that the government and the Urban Renewal Authority faced the possibility of more confrontations because the framework for compensating residents and shop owners was failing to provide fair solutions.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am