Netizens assailed the Town Planning Board for approving a plan to demolish the Boathouse restaurant in Stanley and build a 10-story hotel on the site.
“It’s a shame to have this beautiful building demolished,” one netizen wrote on standnews.com.
Others lamented that Hong Kong’s colonial history is fading out with the government not doing enough to preserve the city’s historic buildings.
On March 13, the board approved with certain conditions the hotel project proposed by the property’s owner Miramar Hotel & Investment (00071.HK). [See here – Application No. A/H19/69]
The Boathouse, also known as Blue House restaurant for its sky-blue exterior, had been repainted yellow reportedly upon the suggestion of a feng shui consultant.
This prompted a netizen to say that the building “deserved” to be demolished as its color symbolized last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Movement. Pro-establishment groups wore blue T-shirts and ribbons at the time.
[March 12, 2015] The Boathouse, an iconic restaurant and landmark in Stanley, is about to be transformed into a 13-room boutique hotel.
Stanley residents have voiced their opposition to the plan, but the Town Planning Board, which will give its final decision on Friday, is likely to approve the hotel proposal.
The hotel, once approved and constructed, would be the Miramar’s third hotel in Hong Kong. The group owns the Mira Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mira Moon in Wan Chai.
Last year Miramar Hotel & Investment (00071.HK), owner of the Boathouse property, filed an application with the government regulator to build a 10-story hotel with 28 rooms at the present site of Boathouse, which is at the corner of 86 and 88 Stanley Main Street.
The area is about 1,620 square feet. With a plot ratio of 8.775 times, it could yield a gross floor area of 14,200 sq ft.
The Boathouse has been classified as a grade III historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board, but there is no law that bars the property owner from tearing down the building and redeveloping it for other purposes.
Miramar, a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development (00012.HK), withdrew the original application after it drew opposition from local residents. Miramar agreed to slash the number of rooms of the proposed hotel to 13, but insisted on building a 10-story building on the site.
The revised application was filed last December.
Miramar acquired the 88 Stanley Main Street property in 2010 for HK$64 million, while the adjoining building on 86 is owned by a private company.
The Boathouse was well-known for its sky-blue exterior walls, but the color of the walls was changed to bright yellow not too long ago for some feng shui reasons, sources told Apple Daily.
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