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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A top aide of the chief executive has floated proposals to release industrial land more quickly for housing, including reducing the land premiums that site owners must pay for redevelopment.19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am 1 comment
The Urban Renewal Authority has announced a plan to turn a 10-storey industrial building in Cheung Sha Wan into a commercial building at a cost of HK$1.7 billion.
The URA said it expected to lose up to HK$500 million on the project, which it hopes to complete by 2019-20.19 Jan 2013 - 3:11am
A 10-storey industrial building in Cheung Sha Wan will be redeveloped into a commercial building at a cost of HK$1.7 billion in the latest project of the Urban Renewal Authority.18 Jan 2013 - 6:02pm
A former Urban Renewal Authority chairman says he has never heard any suggestion from Cheung Kong's No 2 man Victor Li Tzar-kuoi that the developer would be released from outstanding payments for The Center after paying HK$1.9 billion.10 Jan 2013 - 4:34am
A Cheung Kong unit agreed to pay for the resumption of land on which The Center was built, and the agreement is still in force, lawyers for the Urban Renewal Authority told a court yesterday.9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am