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Market renovation in Taipei marks a milestone as teardown of Old Nanmen Market is slated to start on June 30

Located at the intersection of Roosevelt Road, Section 1 and Nanhai Road, Nanmen Market is one of the oldest public traditional markets in Taipei. Due to the increasing demand for modernization, Taipei City Government has been facilitating the renovation of markets within its jurisdiction. An alternative venue was first identified as an interim site of operation in the course of this project, which was launched on December 1, 2019. The teardown is scheduled to begin on June 30, 2020 and is expected to be completed by August 3, 2020, with all preparatory tasks done. 
 
According to Mr. Chun-sheng Kuo, Public Works Section Chief, New Construction Office, Public Works Department of Taipei City, Nanmen Market, with the longest history of all traditional public markets in Taipei, used to be an open-air market located in Chitose District outside of the Nanmen city gate during the Japanese colonization period. It is known for its Northern style delicacies, groceries, and fresh produce and meat, as well as its signature delis. Its renovation project was initiated as a result of its structure’s failure to comply with the most up-to-date seismic design specifications and the inability of its electric system to accommodate modernized market operations. The project is expected to lead to the establishment of a novel landmark in Zhongzheng District that will serve as a gateway that connects a new high-rise, Xinnanmen, located at the conjunction of two metro lines with the hustle and bustle of the city. As of August 31, 2019, an interim market had been set up for temporary relocation of Nanmen Market and was greenlighted to begin operation on November 13, 2019. The bid for the reconstruction project was awarded to Foundation Construction Co. on May 31, 2019, with an information session convened on November 13, 2019 for local residents and stakeholders to share their opinions and exchange their perspectives, which will be incorporated into the design of the project for better practicality and cultural harmonization between the new building and the existing community.

The project was launched on December 1, 2019, but the design will continue to be discussed with local neighborhood representatives and association leaders while the teardown is in progress, according to Mr. Min-Cheng Chan, director of Taoyuan Universiade Construction Branch Office, Construction Division, New Construction Office. A demonstration display was held in May 2020, where residents and consumers alike could see whether the layout will suit their needs, convincing them that a refreshing, bright, vibrant new market can be anticipated. The teardown of the existing market site will take place on June 30, 2020 with an expected completion date of August 13, 2020. The ruins of the 10-storey structure made of reinforced concrete will be implanted underground to reinstate the original foundation. Road traffic control measures along Nanhai Road, where the new Wanda metro line is being constructed, remain unaffected. However, a portion of the adjacent sidewalks and construction zone will be reserved for temporary storage of ruins. Passengers’ discretion is advised. It is advised to take advantage of public transportation during the construction period. Drivers are required to follow the directions provided by road work controllers and take Fuzhou Street and Nanchang Roads instead of Roosevelt Road. Everyone understands and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
 
The renovated Nanmen Market will feature fresh meat and produce, groceries, delis, garments, and a food court, in addition to the traditional market. The new building Xinnanmen, which will be situated right at the intersection of two metro lines, will resonate with the new-born market, both shining in Zhongzheng District as new landmarks. The proximity to the C.K.S. Memorial Hall is expected to facilitate the creation of a new shopping complex, attracting tourists and passengers and thus profitable business opportunities. The teardown will be followed by reconstruction, which is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of January 2023.