Mayor Presides over Ground-breaking Ceremony for Yanshou Public Housing K-section Renovation
Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the facelift of Yanshou Public Housing’s K-section on October 12.The overhaul of the old buildings is expected to take two-and-a-half years, with completion date slated for early 2020. The renovated edifices include two 13-story buildings and one 15-story high-rise.The mayor said he is honored to preside over the ground-breaking ceremony and hopes that the facelift will allow residents to enjoy a more comfortable living environment. The renovation project was approved by the city government in 2012, with preparation planning laid out in 2014. The building permit was acquired in 2017. Regarding the pace of the project, the mayor commented that “there is still room for improvement” as he glanced at Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min, inciting laughter among the audience. Regarding the upcoming project, the mayor pointed out that the former building was classified as “sea-sand housing” (built with concrete mixed with sand from the ocean) due to the failure of the builder to ensure construction quality in the past. He reminded BES Engineering Corporation to pay attention to construction quality and create buildings that are safe for residents. He also reminded the original tenants to apply for the subsidy as the city government offers NT$200,000 in subsidy for each unit dismantled.Asked by the media whether the city government is to blame for the slow pace of urban renewal, Ko replied that the most difficult part is communicating with the residents and it’s easier to speed up the administrative process.