By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io confirmed yesterday that there will be no gaming facility in the Macao Studio City project.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting at the Legislative Assembly, the secretary reiterated that the developer of this Cotai property is required to adhere to the 2008 development plan approved by the government.
The plan, he reaffirmed, includes a major component of a film production facility but doesn’t contain any gaming elements.
Last month, Melco Crown Entertainment co-chairman, Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, said the property was projected to have 300 to 400 tables and 1,200 gaming machines.
On the other hand, asked about when the government will have the result of the application lodged by the Lisboa Gardens developer to build an additional six high-rise residential towers on the Small Taipa Hill, the secretary told reporters that it is “not an emergency project” and therefore is being handled based on “general procedures”.
Some recent rumours have it that the redevelopment application of Lisboa Gardens involves “powerful people from the mainland”. Lau responded that the government must assess the request “according to the laws and legal procedures”.
He also said that the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) is analysing the 880 views received from the public concerning the Lisboa Garden construction and has not yet made a final decision.
Nevertheless, he added that the developer may be asked to give further explanations and information in response to public expression.
The New Macau Association will today submit a petition letter to the DSSOPT. It claimed that it had delivered more than 1,000 opinions from local people with a majority opposing the construction on the Small Taipa Hill, to the bureau during the consultation period, and doubted whether the bureau is handling opinions “selectively”.