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Last homes make way for cultural center

A FINAL batch of residential buildings along the west bank of Suzhou Creek have been demolished to make way for a cultural center featuring cinemas, museums and film industry headquarters.

Temporary housing and old buildings covering 62,000 square meters were razed and some 8,000 residents in 1,850 households relocated, a Zhabei District government official said yesterday.

Altogether, 358,000 square meters of residential buildings on the west bank of the creek have been demolished for the Suzhou Creek Bay project.

Some 35,000 residents in 8,400 households were relocated to other downtown and suburban areas.

The Suzhou Creek Bay project will include business and trade, tourism and accommodation but center on Shanghai’s history and culture, with historic buildings retained.

It will have a rich cultural atmosphere, said Song Qingtong, deputy director of the Suzhou Creek Construction and Development Office in the district.

“The area will be on a par with the bank of the Seine in Paris after the Suzhou Creek Bay area is constructed by 2015,” said experts with the Development Research Center of Shanghai government who drew up the plans for the area.

Suzhou Creek Bay will feature a Chinese Film Museum, an IMAX cinema and the Shanghai International Film Festival and Shanghai Television Festival will move there in time.

As Shanghai is considered the cradle of Chinese cinema, this will be a focus of the project.

Studios and other movie-making enterprises will be attracted to the area, making the film industry a main business, officials said.

To support Qipu Road in Hongkou District — a well-known cheap clothes market scheduled to be upgraded to a fashion center — a fashion exhibition center is also planned for Suzhou Creek Bay.

Some old buildings, including traditional Shanghai shikumen  (stone-gated) houses, will be renovated to become cultural centers, said Sun Yu, an official with the Zhabei District Planning and Land Resources Bureau.



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