Demolition deadline for Villa 32 postponed by Taipei
The Taipei City Government yesterday extended its demolition deadline for Villa 32 ( ) to May 15, citing a positive effort from proprietors to implement orders from officials.
Extensions to Villa 32, a hotspring resort in Beitou District (
), were declared illegal by the Taipei City Government earlier this month. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (
) said the resort must remove its illegal structures by April 28 or face forced demolition the next day.
Yesterday, on the day of the deadline’s expiration, Taipei City Government’s Construction Management Office ( ) said it had approved an extension to May 15.
Resort operators have taken proactive steps to meet the city’s orders, hiring a 20-person demolition team and submitting a detailed plan of action that is scheduled for completion by May 20, according to the department.
The local government said it has approved an extended deadline of May 15 and will monitor the progress of the proposed demolition.
Early in April, the Taipei City Government said it has confirmed five unauthorized add-ons at Villa 32, including a pavilion and a third floor of rooms equipped with hot-spring facilities.
The announcement came in the wake of a scandal involving an unauthorized visit by civilians to view Apache helicopters on a military aviation base.
The wife of Lt. Col. Lao Naicheng ( ), who was caught at the heart of the Apache helicopter scandal, sits on the Villa 32 board of directors.
Reports of the villa’s illegal addons date back to 2005 but were slow to produce government action due to an unnamed city councilor’s influence, according to the Construction Management Office.
Ko has pledged to publicize names of city councilors who in- terfere with his administration’s efforts against illegal construction.
Also yesterday, Ko said he has “made up his mind” on using surveillance cameras to crack down on parking violations.
Earlier this week, Ko announced a plan to use video cameras at select locations in Taipei to document and prevent illegal parking. The Liberty Times yesterday published a letter by a judge who likened the city government to Big Brother.
Chien Chien- jung ( ), a judge at the Taoyuan District Court, charged the city government with a long-standing disregard for privacy protection.