Chinachem's contractor has started removing the scaffolding of Victoria Garden. They expect the removal works to be completed by the end of August 2022. The remaining renovation works will be completed by October 2022. It is yet unclear whether the properties will be sold or let out. With the change in interest rates, developers are changing their disposal strategies.
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爭議：薄扶林圖書館的臨時選址 vs 永久選址
（中文版本 - 連結）
Wah Fu Estate redevelopment
The first phase of the redevelopment of Wah Fu Estate is the construction of five additional public housing sites near Wah Fu to decant the existing residents. Site formation works began in 2021 along Victoria Road and Pok Fu Lam Road. It is expected that the majority of Wah Fu Estate residents will have moved over by 2031. Next, the existing Wah Fu Estate will be redeveloped. A net increase of 35,000 residents is expected in the area by 2041-44. The new MTR line from Wong Chuk Hang, via Aberdeen, Tin Wan, Wah Fu, Cyberport and Queen Mary Hospital to HKU is expected to open at the same time.
LCSD will relocate Pok Fu Lam library to Kai Lung Wan North
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has decided to relocate the Pok Fu Lam Library (currently in Wah Chun House) to Kai Lung Wan North ahead of the demolition of Wah Fu. See district council paper here.
The dispute: Temporary vs permanent location of the Pok Fu Lam library
In LCSD's point of view, Ka Lung Wan North will be the new permanent location for the library. We disagree. While we do not object moving the library temporarily up the mountain and across Pok Fu Lam Road, once the Wah Fu MTR station is built the library must move back to the heart of Wah Fu at or near the new station. Doing so will benefit the greatest number of people.
Kai Lung Wan North is the wrong location for a public library
LCSD's decision to move the Pok Fu Lam library permanently Kai Lung Wan is wrong. First, it does not take into account the population distribution beyond 2040. By 2040, Kai Lung Wan, where the new library will be situated, only houses 5,610 residential units. In contrast, the redeveloped Wah Fu estate, the new decanting sites and the Wah Kwai area will house a total of 20,968 units. Second, Kai Lung Wan North is hard to reach for most residents in the vicinity. It lies up the mountain above Pok Fu Lam Road.
Locate the Pok Fu Lam library at the future centre of Wah Fu
Moving the library to Kai Lun Wan North should only be temporary while redevelopment of Wah Fu proceeds. Government should set out clearly now, that the future permanent location of the Pok Fu Lam Library will be at the heart of Wah Fu near or on top of the MTR station. In that location, the library can offer convenient services to the majority of the residents of Pokfulam, Wah Fu and Wah Kwai.
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Plans for the development of “Deep Technology Research Facilities” by The University of Hong Kong in Pokfulam were announced in the Policy Address on 6 October 2021 (link for our earlier report). An area of 4 hectares is targeted between Pok Fu Lam Road and Victoria Road – from upper Baguio Villa to connect with the HKU facilities planned near Sassoon Road. We recently met with HKU to learn more about the plans. They are in the process of acquiring consultants to assist with planning for the development site identified by government (below). The target development plot ratio is set at 5.
2021年10月6日的施政報告，政府表示會為香港大學預留 4 公頃「綠化地帶」的土地以興建深科技研發大樓（早前報導：連結）。位置介乎於薄扶林道與域多利道之間的斜坡，由上碧瑤以北伸延到港大於沙宣道擬建的新大樓，目標地積比率為5。我們最近與港大會面了解項目進度，他們現正聘請顧問公司協助進行前期的規劃及諮詢工作。
In response to our request for early consultation, HKU agreed to reach out to the Pokfulam community after the summer to receive input before developing detailed plans. In line with comments received, we have expressed concerns over traffic impacts, the loss of sightlines for residents nearby and the further loss of green space in Pokfulam following the approved medical laboratory building east of 3 Sassoon Road.