More social housing ready for tenants

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Issue 1365, Page 3
Word count: 374
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The last building included in the Ilha Verde social housing project was completed and the Housing Bureau (IHM) said eligible households are expected to move into the brand new flats as soon as possible.

Standing 25-storey high, Cheng Nga Building provides 357 flats, which are made up of 168 so-called T0 apartments (no bedroom), 105 T1’s (one-bedroom) and 84 T2’s (two-bedroom).

It has also reserved nearly 2,000 square metres of area for social facilities and recreational use. The construction of the building cost MOP 200 million.

Located between Estrada Marginal da Ilha Verde and Travessa do Crisântemo, the Ilha Verde social housing project consists of four buildings, of which one is dedicated to house the elderly.

The whole project, including newly completed Cheng Nga Building, offers a total of almost 1,500 flats.

IHM president Tam Kuong Man meanwhile said that to cope with the expected increase of population in the northwestern district, the Transport Bureau has adjusted the bus routes and added new services to connect Ilha Verde area to the Border Gate and Areia Preta.

He also vowed that the IHM would arrange qualified households to move into Cheng Nga Building as soon as possible, in order to “assist low-income families to solve housing problems”.

On the other hand, Tam told reporters yesterday the Social Welfare Bureau has arranged for the residents of Meng Hang Building in Ilha Verde to move into the government’s temporary housing for a period of three months. The building was classified as “dangerous” by the public works department early this month and is bound to be demolished and reconstructed.

However, Tam stressed that if the residents apply for social housing, they still have to meet the related requirements.

Vice-chairwoman of the Ilha Verde Neighbourhood Association, Chan Fong, said half of the 10 households in Meng Hang Building present “urgent housing needs” but refused to move because they were not satisfied with the environment of the temporary shelter, according to TDM news.

Meng Hang Building, standing six-storey high in Avenida do Conselheiro Borja, was completed 30 years ago.

Probes conducted at the end of June and early this month found that the tilt rate of the building exceeded the current regulations limits and therefore has been categorised as “dangerous”.

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