Date
22 September 2017
Kowloon East aims to preserve some of its history even as it transforms into another business district. Photo: HKEJ
Kowloon East aims to preserve some of its history even as it transforms into another business district. Photo: HKEJ

Kowloon East aims to preserve its color amid revamp

The Energizing Kowloon East office, an agency tasked with overseeing the development of Kowloon East in Hong Kong, plans to preserve some of the district’s industrial color even as it transforms the area into a modern business hub, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

As part of the effort, authorities plan to incorporate some waste materials into the design of the Tsun Yip Street Playground, the report said.

The revamp of the playground is the third large community improvement project in Kwun Tong, following the construction of a promenade and an outdoor stage for culture and art activity.

The district near Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok was reclaimed in the 1950s as one of the most important industrial areas in the city. It had about 200,000 workers during its heyday.

The government is now aiming to turn the district into another premier commercial hub, moving it away from its industrial orientation.

However, the area will showcase its culture and history even as undergoes a transformation.

The first phase of the playground covers about 14,000 square feet, with renovation costing an estimated HK$11 million (US$1.42 million) to HK$12 million, according to Brenda Au, head of Energizing Kowloon East office.

The second phase will cost about HK$100 million for a space of about 75,000 square feet. The plan will be subject to approval of lawmakers by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, some roadside electrical boxes will be painted with logos of brands that had made their mark from Kwun Tong. They include Vitasoy and Yakult.

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