Written by: Wang Jieen
Last update date: 2021-06-20 13:34
The Housing Authority intends to demolish four factory buildings under its jurisdiction to rebuild public housing. It can provide 4,200 units as early as 2031.
Tenants of the four industrial buildings petitioned outside the headquarters of the Housing Authority today (20th). Some tenants emphasized not to move or demolish, and hope that the Housing Authority can shelve the plan.
Among them, the second-generation tenants who took over the business said that as soon as the news of the redevelopment of the industrial buildings from the Housing Authority came out, the industrial buildings in various districts had been immediately closed, and the rents had also "rised geometrically."
There are also 70-year-old tenants who insist on "Made in Hong Kong", and watch accessories are produced in their own factories. "The quality of Hong Kong manufacturing is at least guaranteed. The real material is true...no tricks."
The Housing Authority intends to demolish 4 industrial buildings for public housing development, including the Kowloon Bay Yip On Factory Building, Fo Tan Sui Fai Factory Building, Cheung Sha Wan Wang Cheong Factory Building, and Kwai Chung Kwai On Factory Building. The first 3 sites are expected to be available About 4,200 units will be provided in 2031, while the Kwai On Factory Building can provide about 600 units, but there is no timetable yet.
Tenants: Industrial buildings in various districts immediately closed and rents rose sharply
Ms. Huang, a tenant of the Suihui Factory Building, said that the Housing Authority currently only gives tenants an 18-month notice period. She criticized the hasty time and did not consult, so she felt very helpless, "very unkind and hard-hearted."
Ms. Huang is the second-generation successor of the jewelry setting and repair factory. Her father has rented the unit for more than 30 years, and she has taken over for the seventh year.
She pointed out that the current rent is about more than 4,000 yuan. "If I go out to rent, I basically won't survive because (the rent) has increased 3 to 5 times the price." She also pointed out that because her craft requires "fire" and at the same time It will also make noise, and she is even more worried that private industrial buildings may not accept it.
Ms. Wong also pointed out that as soon as the news of the Housing Authority’s redevelopment of industrial buildings came out, the industrial buildings in various districts were immediately closed, and the rents were also "rising geometrically." Among them, some tenants had visited the warehouses in Yuen Long. However, due to the high rents, they It is also unaffordable.
Insisting on manufacturing in Hong Kong for many years
Mr. Shum, who is in his seventies, has been engaged in watch accessories for about 50 years. He has leased the Kwai On Factory Building in Kwai Chung for 30-40 years. The parts are produced in-house in the factory. He describes it as "made in Hong Kong". "The quality of Hong Kong manufacturing is at least good. Assure you, real materials...no tricks."
He also said that he still has energy, so he doesn't want to give up. There are still 6 employees so far. "I want to support the classmates."
Private industrial buildings often receive complaints and worry about difficulties in resettlement
Mr. Ma, a tenant of the Yip On Factory Building in Kowloon Bay, is engaged in stage lighting and audio work.
He said that many large-scale appliances, such as giant sets, were involved, which made the relocation more difficult.
Mr. Ma also said that some colleagues had rented units in private industrial buildings, and they often received complaints due to the maintenance of large-scale audio equipment.
He also pointed out that the government will clear 5,000 units in the future, but the government only arranges for tenants to bid for vacant units in the Kwai Chung promotion and the Kai Tai factory building in Tuen Mun. The two buildings have only 60 units, questioning the insufficient number.
District councillors say the private market has increased rents by 3 times
Civic Party member Mai Zijian said that taking the Fotan Suihui Factory Building as an example, there is a tenancy agreement involving 7 units. It is expected that according to the current compensation plan, the maximum amount will be 200,000 yuan. Frankly, the amount is insufficient and it is difficult to cope with all the relocation. Fees and decoration fees.
He also pointed out that it is difficult for tenants to move out in a short period of time. Some people have also inquired about the private industrial building market. However, some landlords have increased the rent by nearly three times, "showing that they are taking advantage of the fire." He criticized that the government can develop brownfields. But choosing to demolish industrial buildings is like destroying industry.
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