The Staunton Street, Shing Wong Street and Wing Lee Street neighbourhood is one of the most historic areas in the Central/Sheung Wan District with low-rise tenements, terraces, lanes and stepped streets. Since 2008, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has been buying properties in this area for a large urban redevelopment scheme known as H19. In 2011, the Government removed Wing Lee Street from the redevelopment scheme. In 2013, the URA announced it would preserve the tenement building at Nos. 88-90 Staunton Street and build a 13-storey medium-rise along Shing Wong Street to preserve the neighbourhood’s character. Now, the URA has put forward a new scheme which will pull down Nos. 88-90 Staunton Street and all tenements within the redevelopment area, and build two (20+ storeys) high-rise residential/commercial towers in our historic neighbourhood.
This is against the conservation initiatives by the Chief Executive-designate Mrs Carrie Lam who pledged to conserve Central/Sheung Wan’s historic areas.This new URA scheme will result in irreversible damage to the environment, increase traffic pressure and overwhelm our unique, historic neighbourhood with no community benefits.