Café chain boss may build next to Chong Sai Pharmacy

THS Café Companhia Ltd., a company controlled by local café chain THS Honolulu (Tan Heong San) boss Jack Ung Chi Fong, has been given the green light by the government to redevelop a land plot next to the historic Chong Sai Pharmacy into a 5-storey commercial building, the Official Gazette announced yesterday.
According to the dispatch, the land plot, located at number 78 Rua Das Estalagens on the Macau Peninsula, occupies 114 square metres, while the government has allowed the company to build a commercial floor area of 97 square metres, or gross building area of 460 square metres, for a land premium of MOP4.63 million (US$578,750).
The government also regulates in the contract that the company must keep the façade of the current building on the land plot for the new project, in order to be consonant with the appearance of Pharmacy Chong Sai and to emphasise the historic and cultural value of the building group in the same street.
The announcement indicates that THS originally requested for the permit to build a seven-storey building for both commercial and residential use.
In 2011, the local government acquired a 120-year old building at number 80 Estalagens Street at a cost of MOP36 million, which is believed to be the heritage site of Chong Sai Pharmacy established by the Founding Father of the Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen.