Most of our existing rental estates were built from 1960s to 1970s and have been ageing over the years, hence rehabilitation is necessary to maintain the buildings in sound conditions. Our strategy is to enhance the living environment of these estates through a two-pronged approach encompassing rehabilitation and redevelopment.
A number of older rental estates, such as Sheung Li Uk in Sham Shui Po, Hung Hom Chuen in Hung Hom, Four Seasons Estate in Tsuen Wan, Kai Tak Estate in Wong Tai Sin, Healthy Village in North Point and Kwun Tong Garden Estate in Kwun Tong, have been redeveloped to provide more flats with better design and facilities for both the benefit of the residents and the community. Phase I redevelopment of Kwun Lung Lau in Kennedy Town was completed in 2008.
In 2018, ten out of our 20 rental estates have been built for over 40 years. Our goal in estate redevelopment and rehabilitation is to let our tenants enjoy a more comfortable and convenient living environment with up-to-date provisions and facilities, while allowing the Housing Society to better utilise the development potential of the sites on which our estates are located.
The first step in starting the redevelopment process is to identify decanting sites for rehousing the affected residents, ideally within or close to the original community in which the residents have been living. Currently, there are two estate redevelopment projects underway – Ming Wah Dai Ha in Shau Kei Wan and Yue Kwong Chuen in Aberdeen, and the one of Kwun Tong Garden Estate under planning.
Apart from redevelopment, we also seek to rehabilitate some of the older estates which are still structurally sound to minimise impacts on the residents. In 2006, the large-scale rehabilitation of Moon Lok Dai Ha in Tsuen Wan was completed. Works included the installation of additional lifts, upgrading of the security and fire systems, and improvement of the external walls and lobbies. Following that, we completed the rehabilitation projects at Ming Wah Dai Ha and Kwun Lung Lau Phase II in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Since then, we have also installed shuttle lifts and improved the environment of various estates with barrier-free access as far as possible.
For Ming Wah Dai Ha located in Shau Kei Wan, we have commenced a three-phased redevelopment project. Two new buildings will be built in Phase I to provide 966 rental units for rehousing the residents affected by the redevelopment project, which are expected to be completed in 2020 to make way for Phase II works.
Support from the District Council for the revised Master Layout Plan of Phases II and III has been obtained and the approval of Town Planning Board is being sought. The revision will shorten the redevelopment process by 4 years, advancing the completion to 2032. By then, a total of 3,919 flats will be provided, adding an extra of 700 flats to the estate.
After the redevelopment, in addition to rental units, Subsidised Sale Flats and Senior Citizen Residences Scheme (SEN) flats will also be provided to meet the aspirations of home ownership and the housing needs of the ageing population respectively.
To kick start the redevelopment of Yue Kwong Chuen, a decanting site at nearby Shek Pai Wan Road in Tin Wan had been identified, and is now undergoing the land grant procedure. The construction is expected to commence in 2019 with target completion in 2023/24, offering a new building with 600 rental units.
The redevelopment will be completed in two phases. Phase I will start after the rehousing of the residents with estimated completion in 2028/19. Phase II is expected to complete in 2033/34. 2,000 flats including rental units and Subsidised Sale Flats will be provided after the redevelopment.
To facilitate the redevelopment planning of Kwun Tong Garden Estate II, a potential decanting site at Ting On Street has been identified. We have sought the support from Kwun Tong District Council and Town Planning Board for rezoning and the land grant application is now underway. The Ting On Street project is expected to commence in 2020 with target completion in 2024.
The redevelopment of Kwun Tong Garden Estate II will provide about 5,000 subsidised housing units which is a double compared to the original, including rental units, Subsidized Sale Flats and Senior Citizen Residences Scheme (SEN) flats with community facilities to meet the needs of the public.