City gov’t gives go-ahead to bot­tle cap fac­tory de­mo­li­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wenje ( ) yesterday an­nounced the de­ci­sion to con­tinue de­mo­li­tion work at the Nan­gang Bot­tle Cap Fac­tory ( ).

The Taipei City Gov­ern­ment said in May that the bot­tle cap fac­tory, which dates to the Ja­panese colo­nial era, would be de­vel­oped into a base for film and the cre­ative in­dus­try.

On Sept. 20, Ko sus­pended de­mo­li­tion work at the site when protesters ac­cused him of reneg­ing on his cam­paign pledge to pre­serve all of the site’s build­ings and trees.

Af­ter re­view­ing the case, the city gov­ern­ment has de­cided to pro­ceed with par­tial de­mo­li­tion, Ko an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence, yesterday.

The com­pound’s “J” build­ing will be taken down next year, and half of the his­toric build­ing named “G” will be de­mol­ished to en­able road­work, ac­cord­ing to the mayor.

Con­struc­tion crews will con­tinue with plans to lay a 10- me­ter- long road that runs through the fac­tory’s main gate.

Taipei City’s Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion ( ) said the pro­ject would dou­ble the daily road ca­pac­ity to at least 439,000 peo­ple.

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The Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs ( ) said yesterday that all fac­tory de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the 10- me­ter road pro­ject, had been ap­proved and han­dled ac­cord­ing to law by the Taipei City Ur­ban Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ( ).

On Sept. 18, protesters demon­strated at the site to stop con­struc­tion crews from Taipei City’s Land De­vel­op­ment Agency ( ).

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has con­vened hear­ings with civic groups, prop­erty own­ers, lo­cal lead­ers, Chunghwa Tele­com (

), the Na­tional Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( ) and oth­ers in­volved in the case, in or­der to re­solve the im­passe.

Most re­cently, the city held ne­go­ti­a­tion meet­ings on Oct. 5 and 7. Civic groups pro­posed four so­lu­tions but no con­sen­sus was reached, the city said.

Built dur­ing the Ja­panese colo­nial era, the Nan­gang Bot­tle Cap Fac­tory com­prises 19 build­ings, six of which are des­ig­nated as his­toric sites.

Cul­tural preser­va­tion­ists have said the build­ings, which in­clude a fort and air- raid shel­ters that date back to World War II, are a show­case of Tai­wan’s ar­chi­tec­tural history.

Other ac­tivists have noted the hun­dreds of trees on site that rep­re­sent over 40 species of tree.

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