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  • Seoul Establishes Compact City Equipped with Public Housing, SOC Facility, and Park in Bus Garage

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    Songpa-gu Jangji Bus Garage and Gangdong-gu Gangil Bus Garage will be reborn into Compact Cities equipped with life-enhancing SOC facilities, a park (urban forest), and public housing.

    A total of 1,800 public houses for the youth and newly married couples, as well as convenient facilities that tailor to the lifestyles of the young people, will be constructed and 50% of the site will be turned into a green park. The existing outdoor lot will be rebuilt to be underground or indoors so that factors which can bother the residential environment generated in an outdoor lot, such as noise and smoke, will be removed. This will allow the space to transform into a new settlement.

    The integrated development of the bus garages is the 3rd project of the Compact City series conducted by Seoul. The city has presented new forms of Compact City models to recreate urban spaces using land on the roads, traffic islands, and rainwater pump stations.

    The Compact City model using bus garages will include ① modernization of existing garages and lots, ② establishment of public houses for the youth and newly married couples, ③ creating urban forests (parks), ④ expanding life-enhancing SOC facilities, and ⑤ reinforcing the function as a local life center.

    Mayor Park Won-soon said, “Over the past seven years since my inauguration, Seoul has supplied a total of 140,000 public houses. We will make the ratio of public houses to be over 10%, higher than the OECD average, to secure the safety net for houses of the youth and common citizens. We will increase supply until it has an impact on the housing market. Not only will we expand the number of houses that are supplied, but we will also introduce innovative models to help the city develop in various ways. We will do our best so that the new, self-sufficient Compact Cities established in bus garages with houses, recreational facilities, and jobs can recreate urban spaces and lead the local development.”