Developer to widen road
NAN FUNG Development is to respond to planners' concerns by including a road-widening scheme at its residential project on the old Nethersole Hospital site in the Mid-Levels.
In view of Mid-Levels residents' worries about the impact on traffic following recent approval of the development between 78 Robinson Road and 10 Bonham Road, the developer will surrender land to allow Robinson Road to be widened.
A source said a lay-by and a pavement three metres wide would be built on Robinson Road, and another pavement would be built on the Bonham Road side.
To avoid potential traffic congestion at Bonham Road, the developer also plans to create a right-turn lane for its residents at Bonham Road.
Nan Fung's revised scheme for the residential development was approved by the Town Planning Board on Friday, a year after the developer bought the site for about $1.64 billion through a tender.
The revised plan includes two residential towers, comprising a total 272 units, over a multi-storey podium block, with a plot ratio of five on a 60,890 square foot site.
It will feature 272 car-parking spaces, the ratio of one space per flat being higher than that achieved in some residential projects in the same area.
The car-parking ratio in Robinson Place, for instance, is only one space for four flats.
The car-park ratio in Nan Fung's development has been accepted by the Transport Department, which thought the nature of Nan Fung's project would not worsen the area's traffic situation compared with the site's previous use as a hospital.
Nan Fung's original development plan was rejected by the Town Planning Board because the site was zoned government-institution-community.
Other reasons for rejection, concerning height, obstruction of views and the future of the Mission Building, were accommodated in subsequent modifications to the project.