Fri, Jan 15, 2010 - Page 4 News List

Hau announces plan to beautify metro Taipei

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) announced an urban renewal program in Taipei City that he said would create a 6.3 hectare public park and attract more than NT$12 billion (US$ 370 millon) in investment while beautifying the capital.

The “Taipei Beautiful” program, one of Hau’s policies to beautify the city, will begin with 11 construction and urban development projects, including renovation of the Shilin Paper Factory.

The 11 projects will cover 16 hectares. Hau said six projects in Nangang (南港) and Neihu (內湖) districts would promote the technology industry, while projects in Zhongshan (中山), Xinyi (信義), Da-an (大安), Songshan (松山) and Shilin (士林) districts would reorganize old neighborhoods and promote urban redevelopment.

“Taipei is a city known for its friendliness and rapid development of technology. We want to turn it into a beautiful city that both local residents and foreign visitors will appreciate,” Hau said yesterday.

The 11 urban development projects will begin no later than September, and construction could be completed as soon as 2013.

Hau said the projects would provide about 180,000 jobs.

The “Taipei Beautiful” program includes large-scale demolition of more than 600 old and abandoned buildings owned by the city government.

Owners of buildings that are located within 500m of major tourist attractions and transportation hubs can apply with the city’s Buildings Administration Office to have their external walls cleaned, cables and wiring tidied and illegal advertisements removed, all for free.

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