Thu, Oct 29, 2015 - Page 4 News List

Ko praises quality of new public housing in Muzha

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled 272 units of the Xinglong Public Housing Buildings on Muzha Road in Wenshan District (文山), with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) saying their quality rivals that of “luxury homes.”

Ko said that upholding “residential justice” is by far the most important policy introduced by his administration, reiterating the city government’s aim to complete 20,000 public housing units in four years and 50,000 in eight years.

Ko lauded the quality of the Ruentex Financial Group construction, saying that upon arriving at the gates, “I thought it was some kind of luxury housing.”

He said that under a collaborative project between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the city government, 24 units are equipped with power-saving “smart power grids,” which include solar panels and power-storage systems, and residents living in these units would be required to sign an agreement to assist the agency with its research.

The two buildings are a product of urban renewal work that began during the term of former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌).

A feature of the units that set them apart from “joint development buildings” integrated with MRT stations is that the rent is lower, from NT$6,900 to NT$16,100 per month, depending on a unit’s size.

In contrast, joint development units at the MRT’s Xiaobitan, Gangqian, Taipei Bridge and Longshan Temple stations range from NT$12,700 to NT$29,800, often drawing criticism that they are luxury housing.

The Taipei Department of Urban Development said that applications for the Xinglong units are to open on Thursday next week to Taipei residents whose annual income is in the lower 40th percentile.

The department said tenants would be determined by a draw, with extra lots cast for residents aged 20 to 45.

Also eligible for preferential rates are families formerly living in the Ankang affordable housing units that were relocated during the construction, it said.

Former Ankang residents will be given priority to apply for 90 units, the department said.

People who are chosen would be able to move in as early as Dec. 1, it said.

This story has been viewed 2111 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top