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Central district in Ho Chi Minh City proposes replanning

Central district in Ho Chi Minh City proposes replanning

Thursday, June 09, 2022, 18:14 GMT+7
Central district in Ho Chi Minh City proposes replanning
An aerial view of Ho Con Rua (Turtle Lake) in District 3 in central Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

The People’s Committee of District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City is seeking the municipal government’s approval to replan the entire district in order to attract investors capable of helping develop the local economy, particularly in the areas surrounding the proposed Ho Con Rua (Turtle Lake) Pedestrian Street and Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street.

The tentative replanning was disclosed at a working session hosted by the municipal People’s Council on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of the ongoing 2016-25 housing development program.

District 3, with an area of 4.92 square kilometers, currently has many projects, most of which were approved in 2003, including one relating to a 930-hectare downtown area.

The district is now seeking the city’s approval to redesign ten of the projects as two district-wide planning projects.

The proposal also calls for facilities in the district to be replanned to accommodate high-end services that can serve and meet the demands of visitors to the downtown area.

The new plan would not include land for the development of residential houses.

The district has also mulled over a redesign of Nguyen Thi Dieu Street and another street, as well as creating a simplified construction licensing process.

The proposed Ho Con Rua Pedestrian Street and Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street in District 3 will also continue to play a key role in the development of tourism, alongside historical, cultural, and religious sites along Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal.

Some villa areas will be zoned off to preserve their architectural values, while others will be restructured with higher densities in order to meet investors’ demand.

District 1 having trouble with Bui Vien apartment building renovation

On Tuesday, the municipal People’s Council began working with the People’s Committee of District 1, which is presently facing difficulties in calling for investment in the rebuilding of an aged apartment building at 155-157 Bui Vien Street.

Some 100 households in the building were resettled in 2019.

Because the apartment building is relatively small, authorities have had difficulty getting started on the rebuild.

The land lot at 155-157 Bui Vien Street can accommodate just over 50 apartments, meaning there is little upside for private investors, said Nguyen Van Dung, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council.

District 1 wants to adjust the planning to facilitate the renovation of the apartment building but in vain as the building is in the 930-hectare downtown area.

The apartments cannot be rebuilt bigger as they would not fit in with the surrounding landscape.

Officials are considering buying commercial apartments to resettle residents and putting the land lot on Bui Vien Street up for auction.

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Thanh Ha - D.N.Ha / Tuoi Tre News


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