Demolition Starts on Fire-ravaged Kaohsiung Building 城中城危樓今開拆 預計明年4月底拆完

A huge fire broke out at the Chengzhongcheng building located in Kaohsiung's Yancheng District on Oct. 14, killing 46 people. After technical experts concluded that the building could not continue to be used for residential use, the city government posted an announcement designating it as dangerous housing. Demolition began one month after the posting of the announcement on Dec. 16, and will conclude in April 2022.


Machines begin boring holes in walls. This is the Chengzhongcheng building in Kaohsiung's Yancheng District. On Oct. 14, a huge fire erupted, killing 46 people and injuring another 43. The building suffered extensive damage in the fire, and the city government posted an announcement designating it as dangerous housing. Dec. 16 was one month after the posting of the announcement, and also the deadline for residents to move out so that demolition could begin.

Charles Lin, Deputy Mayor, Kaohsiung City: “We helped 76 households, including family members of victims and original residents, find new housing (in our social housing units or under rent escrow arrangements). There were 1,098 buildings classified as dangerous. The Public Works Bureau and the Fire Bureau are carrying out detailed inspections, and so far inspections of 890 have been completed.”

It will take 120 working days to complete the demolition, and the work is scheduled to be completed in April. All residents have already been relocated. With regards to cross-district expropriation, the city government says it has already obtained the consent of 80 percent of landowners and residents. After the fire, the city began examining all dangerous buildings of six floors or more. It has completed inspections of 800 of them so far. For those with safety issues, it will first add alarms, smoke detectors, lighting, and other equipment, and then guide buildings on making improvements.

Resident: “The more I hear, the more scared I get. They're talking about building a park, but that will just attract homeless people.”
Lin Chuan-fu, Chief, Fubei Borough, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City: “(Local residents proposed constructing a police station.) That's a good idea, but the city government has its own plans, and probably budgetary considerations as well.”

The city government intends to build a park after the building is demolished. Nearby residents worry that it will become a place without law and order. A local borough chief said all opinions can be considered, but the city government has the final say.

Mr. Huang, Chengzhongcheng Resident: “It's so sad that so many people died. This place was like our heaven, I lived here for so many years.”

Chengzhongcheng residents, some of whom had lived in the building for over a decade, were sad to leave, though they knew it was inevitable.
 

 

 

 

鳴笛聲響,重型機具開始鑿牆,現場在高雄鹽埕區的城中城大樓,今年10月14日凌晨,一場大火造成46人不幸喪命、43人受傷,大樓也因火災毀損嚴重,經市府判定為危樓,16日公告危樓滿一個月,也是住戶搬遷最後期限,開始執行強制拆除。

高雄市副市長林欽榮表示:「76戶、包含罹難者的家屬跟原本住在這裡的人,都已經一一詳細安頓在我們的(社宅或以租代管房子),所有的危樓合計有1098戶,工務局跟消防局詳細的在繼續清查,目前的進度已經達到890幾戶,都已經清查完竣。」

拆城中城要120個工作天,估計在明年4月底完工,裡頭的住戶已全數安置,至於跨區區段徵收的部份,市府表示,已取得八成地主及住戶同意。而城中城大火過後,全市六樓以上危樓清查,1千多棟中已清查800多棟,安全有疑慮的大樓,則先補助警器、偵煙器還有照明等設備,後續再輔導大樓改善。

鄰近住戶說:「我只是越聽越毛、越聽越害怕,建了公園、只建公園的話,街友又會來聚集。」

高市鹽埕區府北里長林傳富說:「(民眾建議蓋派出所)這個打算是不錯,但是市府有市府的規劃,我相信市府也有它的預算(考量)。」

只是大樓拆除後要變公園,還是有鄰近住戶擔心成為治安死角。但里長緩頰,各方意見都能參考,但最終還是要看市府如何決定。

城中城住戶黃先生說:「很捨不得那些人、那些往生者,這裡就像我們的避風港,住那麼久了。」看著住了10幾年的大樓走入歷史,住戶雖知無法避免,還是難免有些感傷。

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