圖片來源︰明報 10-9-2008 重建時間表
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另一篇文章︰10-9-2008 south china morning post
Title: Skyscraper planfor Kwun Tongto go ahead
URA study finds high-rise tower will not have major visual impact
The Urban Renewal Authority intends to proceed with building a 280-metre office tower in the revamped Kwun Tong town centre after consultants found its visual impact would not be significant.
“It is residents of Kowloon East who asked for a landmark of their own," said URA executive director Iris Tam Siu-ying as she announced the findings.
David Lung Ping-yee, who chairs the authority’s Kwun Tong district advisory committee, said the redevelopment master plan was based on the community’s views gathered at public forums.
Town Planning Board member Ng Cho-nam said the landmark building would be an eyesore out of scale with the surroundings. “A landmark does not have to be tall. It’s the design that matters," he said.
But Kowloon East lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit said urban renewal strategy required the authority to balance its budget through high-density developments.
The master layout plan for the new Kwun Tong town centre was submitted to the Town Planning Board last month and will be available for public comment next week.
The HK$30 billion redevelopment will be divided into five phases. Of the cost, HK$14 billion will be spent on buying up properties and compensating owners.
The first phase – turning the public transport interchange into a residential development with a community health centre – is expected to be completed in 2013. The target date for completion of the last phase is 2021.
The 280-metre-high tower would be built at the junction of Hip Wo Street and Kwun Tong Road, and would house offices, hotels and shops.
It would be 80 metres higher than the tallest building in the area, the APM Millennium City. Surrounding blocks of flats would be 140 metres to 178 metres high.
Despite concern that the tower would block views of the ridge line above Kowloon, the URA said visual and air ventilation assessments proved it would not become an eyesore. Ms Tam said the URA’s consultants assessed the visual impact of the tower from seven vantage points and found it to be insignificant.
The tower would be connected with another building described as transparent and intended to house government offices, community facilities and social enterprises. It would face Yue Man Square and a civic square of 6,700 square metres, twice the public open space provided at Times Square in Causeway Bay.
Apart from the planting of 450 trees, the public transport interchanges for buses and minibuses would be modified to allow more air flow, Ms Tam said.
Quoting another consultant’s study, she said air flow through the town centre would increase by 43 per cent after redevelopment. Small shops and the 120 hawkers doing business in the town centre would be encouraged to stay.
Mr Leong urged the authority to offer alternative compensation options, such as swapping shops and flats for premises in the new developments.
Helen Wong-yat man, vice-chairperson of an alliance representing about 60 per cent of the owners affected, said more than half would prefer to take cash compensation and move out.
Several dozen owners would prefer to receive a flat of the same size in compensation, while some elderly would like priority in buying Home Ownership Scheme flats at a discount, she said.