Another remnant of Old Hong Kong is set to disappear with the demolition of a historic pawn shop in Wan Chai, Apple Daily reported Friday.
The Tung Tak pawn shop and an adjacent building, grade III historic buildings owned by second-generation casino king Ko Ho-ning, will be torn down to make way for a 23-floor commercial center, the report said.
The building on the corner of Hennessy and Marsh roads was erected in the 1930s and the pawn shop moved in 60 years ago.
Grade III refers to buildings of some merit that preservation in some form would be desirable and alternative means could be considered if preservation is not practicable, according to the Antiquities and Monuments Office.
The Buildings Department approved the demolition in August but staff at the shop said Thursday that they were not aware of the plans, the report said.
The Antiquities and Monuments Office said it talked with the owner three times between 2009 and 2010 about preserving the buildings but the owner insisted on demolition. He would only agree to take pictures and give other records of the structure to the office.
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