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Mayor Briefs City Council on Taipei Dome, Dawan North Section Residential Complexes, Urban Renewal, Hazardous Building Reconstruction

Mayor Briefs City Council on Taipei Dome, Dawan North Section Residential Complexes, Urban Renewal, Hazardous Building ReconstructionDuring his report to city councilors on May 14, Mayor Ko Wen-je covered three major topics including the updates of Taipei Dome project, the unlawful conversion of commercial property to residential property in Dawan north section, and urban renewal as well as reconstruction of old, unsafe buildings.
 
Regarding public concern over the partial resumption of Taipei Dome construction, the mayor pointed out that the partial lift on suspension was the decision of Taipei High Administrative Court. Far Glory Group may resume work to address critical issues pertaining building integrity ahead of typhoon season. Ko stressed that safety is always the top priority, adding that the city government will fulfill its role as both supervisor and defender of public safety.
 
When speaking about the dispute over the questionable land use in Dawan north section, Ko commented that the problem is the result of social changes, lax law enforcement, flawed management system, and the private sector’s incompliance with law. He said the city government has adopted five approaches to address the issue:

  • Enhance the commercial functions of the precinct
  • Continue enforcement against unlawful use of properties
  • Review urban planning and adopt more flexible and practical mechanisms
  • Host discussion sessions to pool opinions from related parties
  • Improve communications among government agencies
 
On the issue of urban renewal, the mayor stressed the importance of the private sector’s input and the city government’s supportive stance. 
 
In addition to urban renewal, the city government also offers subsidies in elevator installations, building makeover and facelift, as well as old building inspections. According to Ko, more than 90,000 old buildings in the city are 30 years or older and most of them are susceptible to damage in earthquakes, posing threat to people’s lives and properties. He said the city government will step up working on regulations on old building management.