Development Scheme in Mong Kok East to Revitalise Sai Yee Street/Flower Market Road by 2035/36

The scheme covers a total site area of about 29,320 square metres; image by Urban Renewal Authority

The Sai Yee Street/Flower Market Road Development Scheme (YTM-013 Scheme)—an urban renewal project led by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA)—started on 15 March 2024, after it underwent the relevant statutory planning procedures. It is the first such project launched in Yau Tsim Mong District, following the completion of District Study for Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.

Estimated to be completed by 2035/36, the project will materialise the Nullah Road Urban Waterway (proposed by the Chief Executive in the 2023 Policy Address) in Mong Kok East to enhance the commercial district with recreational attractions. The project will seek to address the issues of traffic congestion; aged recreational facilities with segregated spaces; and inconvenient pedestrian environments within the area as well.

Covering a total site area of about 29,320 square metres, the affected premises comprise 23 buildings that have been around for 64 to 76 years; Boundary Street Sports Centre No. 1 and No. 2; Boundary Street Recreation Ground; Sai Yee Street Children’s Playground; and Boundary Street Nursery (view the site plan here).

Underpinned by an integrated approach, preliminary proposals under the scheme encompass:

  • the construction of a Waterway Park of not less than 8,800 square metres as a new blue-green feature;
  • the provision of public open spaces of not less than 8,200 square metres, including an 11-a-side soccer pitch;
  • the provision of about 103,900 square metres of gross floor area to build approximately 1,350 residential units;
  • the construction of a multi-purpose complex—which will be integrated with a pedestrian bridge across Boundary Street and connecting to Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground—to house Yau Tsim Mong District Health Centre;
  • the provision of underground car parks—which will be connected by underground pedestrian pathways/footbridges—to supply 500 ancillary parking spaces, around 220 public parking spaces and about 10 loading/unloading bays;
  • the redevelopment of identified sites located between Prince Edward Road West and Yuen Ngai Street into public open spaces with low-rise facilities; and
  • the transformation of back lane linking Flower Market Road and Yuen Ngai Street into the ‘Third Street’ of Flower Market, by ‘opening up’ back façades of retail buildings along the lane to help boost street vitality.

In efforts to blend old structures with the new, building rehabilitation and preventive maintenance will be further promoted. To this end, eligible building owners will be offered additional one-off subsidies on top of existing related schemes, among other measures.

For details, please refer to the URA’s website. —Construction+ Online

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Sources: Urban Renewal Authority; The Chief Executive’s 2023 Policy Address وان ایکس بت بت فوروارد