New MTR station may be renamed
The Mass Transit Railway Corp (MTRC) is considering renaming the future Tai Kok Tsui Station along the new airport railway, possibly to Cherry Station, the company's property director, Thomas Ho Hang-kwong, says.
The proposed new name reflected the planned new environment for the reclaimed land in the extended district of Mongkok, Mr Ho said.
The idea for the name change came partly at the request of developers.
Mr Ho said the name was suggested by local communities which had Cherry Street, which is next to the future station, in mind.
'We will definitely consider the proposal,' said Mr Ho, adding that a decision would be made within two months.
The design for the Tai Kok Tsui Station development was made before building height restrictions were relaxed, said Mr Ho.
Those designs were not very attractive, he said.
The consortium, led by Sino Land and the Bank of China Group, which won the tender for the Package One property development, reviewed the original plans for the design several months ago.
'I also recommend that the future winner of the second package revise the design,' said Mr Ho.
The second package consists of 2,936 flats in 19 residential towers with a total gross floor area of 23.68 million square feet and a three-level commercial podium.
It was expected that developers would build taller buildings in order to create more open spaces on the site.
The tender for the development rights to the $12 billion second package project closed late last month. Six consortiums submitted bids.
The contract was expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Mr Ho said the tender for the rights to develop the second package of the Tung Chung project would open by the end of this month.
The package has a total gross floor area of 2.04 million sq ft, comprising 2,100 apartments in high-rise towers and 550 units in low-rise blocks.
It would provide nearly 600 car parks and 26,910 sq ft of retail space.
The tender for the third package, with a total gross floor area of 3.3 million sq ft, will open by the end of this year.