Non-profit-making organisations have proposed revitalising three historic buildings under the fourth round of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.
They are No. 12 School Street in Tai Hang, the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters in Pok Fu Lam, and the Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre in Sheung Shui.
Speaking at a press conference today, Secretary for Development Paul Chan said the creative proposals will give a new lease of life to the buildings and benefit the community.
The Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association will convert No. 12 School Street into the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Heritage Centre.
It will show the history and culture of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon. It will also run courses and programmes to promote traditional Hakka culture, and will house a Fire Dragon-themed restaurant to promote Hakka food culture.
Caritas will turn the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters into Pokfulam Farm. It will show the farm’s history and display some of its artifacts. There will be workshops, guided tours, and activities outlining area’s history.
Sik Sik Yuen and the Incorporated Management Committee of Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre will turn the Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre into an Eco-Learn Institute.
It will provide educational programmes on biodiversity and will also have an agricultural corner resembling the local rural ecological environment.
The Government will earmark $120 million to renovate the buildings, and another $9 million to subsidise initial operation expenses.
The projects will come into operation in 2019. Meanwhile, the Government has accepted the recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings not to include King Yin Lei in the next round of applications. The Government will continue to manage the project, renovate it, enhance it, and open it for public enjoyment.