'I'm exhausted and helpless,' says last property owner after agreeing to sell to the renewal authority The battle to prevent the demolition of Wedding Card Street has ended with the decision by the last diehard resident to sell her family property to the Urban Renewal Authority. 'I'm exhausted and helpless. Being the person to put a full stop to the fight has been a difficult decision to make. The battle to save the street has been dragging on for three years,' said Kam Fok Lai-ching. 'My brother and I inherited this business from our late father. I cannot be selfish. I have to consider the feelings of my family and face the fact that there will be uncertainty in this family business if I continue the fight.' She said the campaign to save Wan Chai's Lee Tung Street - or Wedding Card Street, as it is more commonly known because of the number of shops printing and selling wedding cards - had highlighted the problems of redevelopment and its impact on the social network and character of old areas of the city. She hoped the authorities had learned a lesson, especially with respect to those affected by the plan. The Lands Department gazetted the resumption order for land in Lee Tung Street on August 5 last year, allowing it to take over properties from owners who refused to sell to the Urban Renewal Authority. When the government issued the initial order, the authority owned 80 per cent of property rights, but at the time of the resumption order it had 92 per cent in its hands. Mrs Kam - who owned a 1,000-sq-ft shop on Amoy Street selling construction and renovation equipment - was ordered to appear in court last month to explain why she was occupying government land illegally. The softly-spoken landlady became a symbol of the campaign to preserve the street shortly after authorities announced redevelopment plans in 2003. She did not disclose how much she had received for her property, stressing that her problems had still not been resolved. 'My father has been doing business in Wan Chai for more than 30 years and this shop at Amoy Street has been operating for 16 years. I need a shop in Wan Chai that allows for parking, loading and unloading so we can continue this family business. But I haven't found one yet.' The redevelopment plan affects 54 buildings, 930 people and 647 property rights. Residents and shop owners formed a concern group called H15, after the project's name in the authority's file. H15 filed an alternative plan to the Town Planning Board early last year to demonstrate it was possible to preserve the old buildings, allowing residents to continue to live there without harming the street's redevelopment value. However, the board rejected the plan. An appeal hearing for the plan has been scheduled for tomorrow, Friday and November 14. A spokesman for the authority said it expected the project to proceed smoothly.