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Tensions bubble over on controversial Taipei Dome development

The exterior of Taipei Dome is pictured in Taipei.

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Farglory Group general manager Jacky Yang on Friday said it is right that the maximum capacity of the Taipei Dome should exceed the limit on visitor numbers stipulated in the building’s environmental impact assessment (EIA), and the Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development’s Review Committee should not conflate the two calculations.

The Taipei City Government in May 2015 ordered Farglory to halt construction on the dome, citing safety concerns and unauthorized changes to the blueprints.

The review committee had held a project review meeting on Thursday, during which its members discussed three matters, including the emergency evacuation of people from the building. Yang said that Farglory had already conducted traffic simulation models in order to increase the dome’s factor of safety, but the committee had repeatedly restricted the dome’s visitor capacity based upon the EIA’s total head count of 59,833 persons and used this as the evaluation standard for the project.

Yang added that Farglory insists all the dome’s capacity calculations should be based upon existing laws and regulations, including those governing the capacity for large venues, and asked that these be applied in this case.

Additionally, Yang questioned why the committee had asked Farglory to incorporate traffic from the nearby Taipei Railway Workshop (TRW) development into the dome’s transport plan and also asked it to assemble relevant data. Approval for the future redevelopment of the TRW should come from the government, which would involve many different government departments, Yang said, and discussions on that particular development are ongoing. Yang added that Farglory is simply a private developer and does not have the capacity to predict the future extent of the development. As such, the request to include TRW traffic within the dome’s transportation plan is forcing an impossible task on the company, Yang said.


1. environmental impact assessment phr.

環境評估 (huan2 jing4 ping2 gu1)

2. question v.

質疑 (zhi2 yi2)

3. private developer phr.

民間開發商 (min2 jian1 kai1 fa1 shang1)

4. force an impossible task on phr.

強人所難 (qiang2 ren2 suo3 nan2)

5. specialism n.

專業 (zhuan1 ye4)

Responding to Farglory’s queries, the department issued a statement, clarifying that its members are still discussing the three matters covered during the meeting and added that, so as to reach a mutual agreement, the committee had invited Farglory representatives to the meeting to express their views and participate in the discussion.

The committee operates using a collegiate decision-making model, said the statement. As such, each member, according to their specialisms, will provide different views and opinions, all of which must be taken into account.

The department suggested that Farglory revise their data according to the committee’s decisions and added that if the company does have any opinions on the committee’s work, these should be expressed fully to members during meetings.

(Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times)







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