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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 2:42am

Urban Renewal Authority

Listen to owners, says U.R.A. head

The new head of the Urban Renewal Authority wants to take on more demand-led projects - those initiated by owners - and speed up acquisition of buildings for redevelopment in an effort to help meet soaring housing demand.

Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 4:18am

New URA boss looks into interim help for tenants of subdivided flats

Short-term help for tenants of subdivided flats is on the agenda of the new chief of urban renewal as he acknowledged the "big social problem" the housing phenomenon posed.

Options being explored included providing interim housing to people who were ineligible for public flats, said a source close to the Urban Renewal Authority.

20 Jun 2013 - 4:19am

'Callous' career man Victor So takes helm of Urban Renewal Authority

A former Link Reit chief - a man a lawmaker has described as "callous and conservative" in their past dealings over housing - has been appointed to head the Urban Renewal Authority.

Victor So Hing-who, 66, a supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, is to replace Barry Cheung Chun-yuen as authority chairman.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:30am

Police question three senior executives in HKMEx probe

The probe into the collapse of the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange has widened, with police questioning three senior executives of the failed commodities agency. Meanwhile, government officials moved to shore up confidence in Leung Chun-ying's administration amid the growing controversy surrounding HKMEx founder Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who was formerly his top aide.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am

New term for URA chief seen as reward

The government has come under fire for extending the tenure of Barry Cheung Chun-yuen as Urban Renewal Authority chairman beyond the "six-year rule".

The reappointment of Cheung, an executive councillor and supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was a "political reward", the Civic Party said.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

Kai Tak flat-for-flat offer fails to excite

The flat-for-flat scheme, set up in 2011, gives those displaced from old buildings the choice of a flat in the new development or nearby, or opt for financial compensation. The aim is to preserve long-standing communities.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:38am

Rooftop residents get special URA cash offer

The Urban Renewal Authority has stepped in and offered special cash subsidies to rooftop residents of a Sham Shui Po building who fought against eviction by a private landlord last month.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:38am

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.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am

Residents welcome URA plan to rip down Sham Shui Po block

A crumbling, heavily subdivided corner block in Sham Shui Po, built more than 50 years ago, will be replaced with a 25-storey development by 2021 under plans announced by the Urban Renewal Authority yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:15am 1 comment

Business cut short at alleyway hairdresser

Feng Yan-ping operates a long-established, licensed hair salon stall in the alleyway right behind the blocks slated for redevelopment. Unluckily for her, the stall lies a few centimetres outside the official redevelopment area, so she gets no compensation even though her business is completely disrupted by the work.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am