Written by: Zhang Jiamin
Last update date: 2021-06-19 12:00
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor recommended in the 2019 Policy Address that the Housing Authority should explore the feasibility of redevelopment of the six industrial buildings under its jurisdiction for public housing.
The Housing Authority completed the relevant research earlier and planned to demolish 4 industrial buildings to transform them into public housing, which could provide 4,200 units as early as 2031.
Those affected by the demolition include the Hongchang Factory Building in Changsha Bay. Some factory owners of the industrial building described the industrial building as a "logistics" role in society and contribute to Hong Kong. I hope that the authorities can retain or provide sufficient resettlement units. "Existing tenants want to continue. Do business." Tian Beichen, a member of the Legislative Council of the Practical Political Roundtable, suggested that the authorities should only take back one industrial building for redevelopment, and reserve the industrial building to allow tenants to have a place to operate.
Mr. Zeng has a container used to scatter the ashes of his ancestors. They will assist customers in ordering suitable materials, and then find the manufacturer to customize it.
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Ms. Mo has been running a hardware industrial material company for 40 years. The business she started is now handed over to her son, Mr. Zeng, to take over. The bidding documents, which are also responsible for the procurement of materials, are as small as a spoon, as large as engineering stones, and are all handled by their company. "Sometimes a few spoons (orders) have to be accepted." , Used as a special container to scatter the ashes of the deceased, and said with a smile that some colleagues were afraid of "unlucky" and would not accept orders, only they were willing to accept them.
The factory building is Hong Kong's "logistics"
Mr. Tsang described factory buildings as the "logistics" of society. When there are urgent items or products that need to be tailor-made, local factories are usually used instead of mainland factories.
For example, he pointed out that their company's customers include many public organizations, and there are tenants in the building that supply accessories to the quarantine center.
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The hardware industry material company was founded by Mr. Zeng's mother, and the two of them are currently running it together.
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They rented the Wang Cheong Factory Building under the management of the Housing Authority in 1996. The two ground shops were used as offices and warehouses, with a monthly lease of 20,000 yuan.
They pointed out that they had seen the units in other factory buildings, but it was hard to find the same-sized ground floor, and the owners of the units upstairs were asking very high prices.
The Housing Authority now gives tenants an 18-month notice period and grants an ex-gratia allowance equivalent to 15 months of rent. It also arranges for tenants to bid for Kwai Chung promotion and vacant flats in the Kai Tai Factory Building in Tuen Mun.
Mr. Zeng pointed out that taking their monthly lease of 20,000 yuan as an example, the allowance amounted to about 300,000 yuan, and he estimated that it would cost about 600,000 yuan to move the factory and renovation costs alone.
As for the number of industrial building units available for bidding, it is not enough to accommodate tenants who intend to continue operating in the 4 affected industrial buildings.
Simple words are related to the lives of tenants and the survival of multiple industries.
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Reprimand the government for sacrificing Hong Kong industry
Mr. Zeng held meetings with the tenants of the four affected industrial buildings from time to time to discuss the amount of government compensation, not everyone’s primary appeal. "The existing tenants want to continue doing business, so they want to find a place to continue operating." He said, since the government claims If you intend to support small and medium enterprises, you should have a policy of retaining factory buildings and maintaining the circulation of tenants. "If someone retires, they will leave, and then they will be replaced by new people, so that a market will continue to operate."
I have criticized that the government’s current approach is questionable. It should not sacrifice Hong Kong’s local industries for housing policies.
Tian Beichen advocates demolishing one, leaving three retaining some industrial buildings to support industrial development
Legislative Council Member Tian Beichen pointed out that the housing authority's demolition of industrial buildings not only forced the closure of certain industries and affected the local supply chain, but also eliminated young people who were unable to rent units in the private market.
He has contacted the tenants of the affected industrial buildings, and many of them are young people who are interested in developing hand-made businesses. He believes that the authorities should consider and balance their needs when formulating policies.
He suggested that the authorities only take back one industrial building for public housing development, and reserve enough units in the reserved industrial buildings to house the affected tenants.
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