Pop up border mall a ‘short term’ solution
A planned border mall at San Tin will have a lifespan of just three years, it has emerged.
The highly-publicised proposed mall is intended to reduce congestion – and tensions – at border crossings between Hong Kong and the mainland, where day trippers meet traders for discounted goods.
Further details have emerged during Town Planning Board applications – the most noteworthy being the temporary nature of the project, which will give the developers three years to complete a comprehensive, long term structure to house traders and shoppers.
The temporary mall is planned for a former car park at San Tin in the northwestern New Territories.
According to media reports, the concept is the brainchild of Wong Ting-kwong who has secured land co-owned by listed Hong Kong property companies Henderson and Sun Hung Kai.
A non profit group has applied to erect a temporary mall on the 39,722 sqm site.
It would house 208 shops, half of them selling products designed or manufactured in Hong Kong.