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New cultural park on track to open next year: Hau

Staff writer, with CNA

Workers standing behind an artist’s impression of the planned Songshan Cultural and Creative Park watch a beam-setting ceremony on the build-operate-transfer construction site in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: CNA

A new cultural and creative park that includes historic buildings and a modern complex is expected to open in Taipei next year, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday.

The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park will bring an artistic flavor to the Xinyi (信義) and Songshan (松山) districts, which are -better known as financial services and tourism hubs, Hau said.

The mayor said he hoped the new park, located on the site of the historic Songshan Tobacco Factory, would help make Taipei the cultural and creative capital of the “ethnic Chinese world.”

The complex will include a hotel, a cultural and creative bazaar, an auditorium, a digital learning center and other cultural facilities, said Daniel Tsai (蔡明忠), chairman of Fubon Financial Holding Co, which will operate the facility.

The Eslite bookstore chain will have a store in the complex and other services such as music stores and movie theaters will be added, Tsai said.

The new building on the 1.2-hectare site has 14 floors above ground and four underground.

The project started in November 2010 under the build-operate-transfer model and is expected to be completed by May next year, Hau said.

It will be the second complex of its kind in the city, alongside Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Zhongzheng District (中正).

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