The former Taipei city council building, center, has been left abandoned since 2007. (File photo/Chou Chih-hao)
Taipei city councilor Lee Yen-hsiu accused the Taipei city government on Oct. 15 of failing to maintain or take advantage of a building where the Taipei City Council and Chungcheng First Precinct were once located.
The building located at the corner of Zhongshan South Road and Chung Hsiao West Road is estimated to be worth NT$3.4 billion (US$113 million). It was once occupied by the Taipei City Council between 1964 and 1990. The Chungcheng First Precinct moved in and stayed in the building until 2007, but the building has been left abandoned ever since.
"This is such a waste," she said. "Abandoned real estate properties like this become a waste now that the city government does nothing about them."
In response, Chen Ying-jung, head of the city's Department of Finance, said that the old city council building and another 13 pieces of abandoned land near that building have been listed on the government's future plan for a cultural park. Chen added that construction projects will be carried out at these locations in the near future.
Lee Yen-hsiu 李彥秀
Chen Ying-jung 陳盈蓉