Locals get a lift from residential upgrading
Weifang Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone is moving to transform its residential environment in line with the nation's rural revitalization strategy.
According to local officials, residents of 91 shanty towns agreed on a plan to relocate within the zone by April 29. And the clearing of the shanty town sites has begun.
Officials said local authorities had taken great care to ensure relocated residents enjoyed significantly better conditions in their new homes.
They said the zone would accelerate construction of new apartments, so that residents could move into their new homes as soon as possible.
The zone is also encouraging property developers to construct high-end apartments, featuring quality design and efficient property management services, to settle those relocated residents. The construction of low-end properties is not allowed.
The zone plans to invest 15.74 billion yuan ($2.45 billion) in 152 urban construction projects to upgrade its living, education and business environment in this year.
It is adding more parks to upgrade local living standards, and providing more space for people to do physical exercise.
The zone plans to build different types of parks adapted to the different landscapes and needs of residents. These will range from"pocket parks" — small green areas, usually built on irregular pieces of land — to larger parks that occupy bigger areas and offer more recreational facilities.