Date
14 December 2017
Some of these old buildings in the tenement block were built in the 1920s, others in the 1960s. Photo: HKEJ
Some of these old buildings in the tenement block were built in the 1920s, others in the 1960s. Photo: HKEJ

URA seeks views on pre-war tenement block redevelopment

Hong Kong’s urban planners will hold consultations with the Yau Ma Tei district council regarding the long-delayed redevelopment of a pre-war tenement block, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) wants to implement a conservation plan after acquiring the property rights to 10 buildings.

It is considering a self-managed complex of teahouses and cafeterias but some district councilors prefer a museum.

Councilor Eon Hui Tak-leung said a museum will enhance the appeal of Mongkok as a tourist attraction.

The proposed project, located at the junction of Argyle Street and Shanghai Street, occupies 12,000 square feet. It consists of 14 pre-war buildings including 10 that were built in the 1920s. The rest were completed in the 1960s.

The pre-war structures have been designated secondary historic buildings by the Antiquities Advisory Board.

The URA is expected to submit a proposal to the Town Planning Board by the end of the year, with a view to starting construction early next year.

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