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Mayor Attends Ground-breaking for Wholesale Markets in Wanhua District

Mayor Ko studies the model of the new market buildingThe ground-breaking ceremony for the Taipei First Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables Market and Wanda Fish Wholesale Market took place on July 1. Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the event, stressing that the project is an important milestone for city hall in terms of marketplace evolution.
During his speech, Ko recalled that the wholesale markets were inaugurated back in 1975. Talks of overhauling the facilities went back as far as 2 decades ago, hoping to overcome limitations such as crowded space, lack of parking room, outdated facilities, and unsanitary environment. The markets also have to respond to trends such as diversified sales channels, consumers’ habit changes, and emergence of cold chain logistics.
The mayor pointed out that he wanted to overhaul the facilities since entering office and invested 5 years into resolving related issues. According to the current plan, the construction will take roughly 7 years to complete. In compliance with regulations, city hall completed the environmental assessment and will split the construction process into multiple phases to avoid moving tenants to a temporary location, thereby exposing them to the hazards of flood season.
He remarked that past mayors dislike dealing with marketplace overhaul since there are numerous conflicting interests and it is hard to please everyone. However, despite the differing opinions even today, he decided to go ahead with the endeavor. Ko took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the companies involved, including BES Engineering Corporation, CECI Engineering Consultants, and Yasui Architects and Engineers.
Recalling a conversation with Taipei City Council Speaker about whether to carry out additional overhauls in the neighborhood since it has already invested NT$1.5 billion into reconstruction, Ko replied that it’s worth considering. With major projects such as Huannan Market and MRT Wanda Line taking place in the community, the overall urban development plans for Wanhua District should be reviewed as well.