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Taichung Shueinan Airport formally handed over to city

Mayor Hu envisions cultural, educational, sports projects on site

Taichung Shueinan Airport formally handed over to city

Shueinan Airport was officially handed over yesterday to the Taichung City Government, which is expected to use the decommissioned military air base for urban development.
At the handing-over ceremony yesterday, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) expressed the hope that the central government and Taichung City Government would work together to devise a well-planed project that would make the best use of the space, in line with the expectations of Taichung's residents.
Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強), who was also at the ceremony, expressed his gratitude to President Chen, saying that Taichung residents would always remember the president's efforts over the years to help the city government acquire the former airport site.
Merger
Speaking on another occasion in Taichung yesterday, President Chen said that the government has formed a new task force to formulate a plan to merge Taichung City and Taichung County into a single administrative region that would have the status of a major metropolis - on par with Taipei City and Kaohsiung City.
"If the related bills can be successfully passed in Legislature, maybe we could vote for the mayor of the new metropolis as early as 2009," said Chen.
The Shueinan Airport, located on the outskirts of Taichung City, was a military air base that also accommodated commercial flights on domestic routes. In March 2004 the Shueinan Airport closed its commercial flight service and the Chingchuankang Air Force Base in Taichung County set up a new service to accommodate domestic and international commercial flights.
After the Shueinan Airport closed its commercial service, the military base remained under the management of the Air Force, as the budget for relocating the military unit and its equipment was not allocated till this year.
The Taichung City Government had also been slow in coming up with a detailed project for the development of the area once it was evacuated by military.
"The valuable Shueinan Airport site is a huge asset to Taichung City, and one that could help it to expand into a great metropolis," said President Chen yesterday at the ceremony.
Chen said acquisition of the space could help Taichung to develop into an important industry base and transportation hub, as the city already has advantageous assets such as a science park and an international airport and is on the high speed railway route.
President Chen also said that he looked forward to seeing, in the near future, a beautiful central park in the newly acquired space.
Good timing
Mayor Hu said the city government plans to put in infrastructure and projects that would include a central park, a large exhibition hall, an indoor baseball stadium, a joint campus for several universities, and a cultural museum.
"The transfer of the airport site is a great gift to the city government, and the timing is perfect, as Taichung City over the past few years has been expanding rapidly and needs the Shueinan Airport site," said Hu.
Hu promised that the city government would deliver a perfect development plan to convert the city into a high-quality and modern metropolis.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:52 GMT+08:00