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Taiwan Quick Take: Illegal demolition prevails


The Kaohsiung City Government fined demolition firm Nanhehsingchan Co NT$20,000 for illegally demolishing a historic building in the city yesterday. Describing the mansion of late Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chih-chuan (陳志全) as a part of the city's history, Wu Chih-kuang, an official with the city's Construction Bureau, said his office had tried to dissuade the company from pulling it down. But the firm, hired by Chen's descendants who own the mansion, began the work on Sunday without city government approval. Chen's mansion, built in 1941 in the style of an official Japanese residence, had been remodeled since it was built, but its balcony was part of the original structure and was considered of historical significance. Located on a 3,960m2 lot in downtown Kaohsiung, its owners were eager to turn it into a private parking lot.

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