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March 31, 2017

Central Market construction will start this year and scheduled for completion in 2021
On March 29, the Chief Executive in Council, on March 29 approved in principle the granting of the former Central Market site to the Urban Renewal Authority by private treaty for 21 years for its conservation and revitalisation.
     The government said the land grant term was fixed at 21 years due to the revitalisation project’s significant capital investment and the need to achieve financial sustainability. The site will be granted at a nominal land premium.

     Scheduled to be completed by 2021, construction will start this year after various approvals are obtained. The government will grant a five-year short-term tenancy to the authority so construction can start earlier.
     The authority conducted a public consultation exercise between 2009 and 2011 to gauge public views on the site’s uses, facilities and operation direction. The public reached a consensus that the operation model should aim for heritage conservation and public enjoyment instead of profit maximisation. The authority will ensure future tenants of the site offer affordable services, and greenery and public space is provided.
     On March 30, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Betty Fung kicked off a project to reconstruct Sharp Island Pier in Sai Kung. The pier overhaul is one of the two projects endorsed by the Sai Kung District Council under the Signature Project Scheme announced in the 2013 Policy Address to help District Councils launch large-scale projects to address district needs.
     The pier berth will be lengthened and deepened, allowing larger vessels to dock and solving berthing problems. The project is scheduled for completion next year. Temporary berthing facilities will be provided nearby during construction. Mrs Fung said the new pier will provide more convenience to visitors and boost the local economy.

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