SQUATTERS in the Stanley slum area Ma Hang will be rehoused into apartment-style public estates in the area by the end of this year, Acting Governor Sir David Ford was told yesterday. Apartment-style estates with buildings of about seven to eight storeys each are usually found on outlying islands. The Stanley project is the first in the urban area, and is designed to be in line with the environment of surrounding residential areas. Sir David visited a sample flat and said he was pleased with the redevelopment project. The first phase, comprising six rental and Home Ownership Scheme blocks, will accommodate 1,020 families on completion at the end of the year, while the second and third phases will start next April. Sir David later visited Yue Kwong Chuen, a Housing Society project in Aberdeen. He praised the society for inspecting annually the slopes on which the estate was built to ensure the safety of residents. He was accompanied yesterday by Assistant Director of Housing Peter Yip Kui-wan, chief architect Penny Ward, and officials from the Housing Society.