A carpark for coaches to be built behind Ruins of St Paul’s

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Issue 526, Page 6
Word count: 302
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The SAR government swapped its 32 residential units in Barra for a 2,200 square metre plot of land behind the Ruins of St Paul’s in order to build a public carpark for coaches.

According to the dispatch signed by the Secretary for Transport and Public Works in the Official Gazette yesterday, the Macau General Union of Mutual Help agreed to transfer the ownership of a 2,262 square metre plot of land in Rua D. Belchior Carneiro to the SAR government in return for 32 individual residential units in Rua de S. Tiago da Barra.

The piece of land and the residential units are both valued at 30 million patacas.

The exchange was prompted by the project to improve surrounding environment of the Ruins of St Paul’s and the Fortress.

As the area did not have sufficient public parking facility, the government decided to obtain the right to use the plot of land from the General Union of Mutual Help and then to demolish the four blocks of buildings numbered 16 to 22 on the street in order to construct a carpark for coaches.

Because of the land deal, the General Union was given 32 residential units ranging from 58 square metres to 113 square metres in three different blocks on No.33 to No.43 Rua de S. Tiago da Barra, Macau.

The General Union hence are required to pay an annual rent of 11,408 patacas to the government for owing the land where the residential units are built.

In addition, the contract states that the General Union has the obligation to vacate the four buildings in Rua D. Belchior Carneiro within 60 days after it is given the 32 residential units, or otherwise the SAR government will execute the vacating in which all expenses arisen will be covered solely by the General Union.

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