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Owner of "nail house suffers from inadequate offer of compensation

07-02-2010 14:56 BJT

BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhuanet) --In recent years, the public is perhaps used to hearing stories about Chinese home owners who refuse to allow their property to be demolished, and of violent scuffles due to their futile quest.

The term "nail house" normally refers to homes belonging to Chinese residents who refuse to be relocated and their homes are said to stick out like nails in an otherwise modernized environment.

But the case of Zhang Changfu, who owns a "nail house" in downtown Beijing between the 3rd and 4th ring roads, involves different circumstances.

He is also pleading with the authorities - but he is in fact beseeching them to demolish his home.

The problem apparently centers around what Zhang and his family see as an inadequate offer of compensation.

The land on which the home is built belongs to Zhang and his brother Zhang Changyou. Due to a dispute over the demolition compensation with the relevant village authorities, the Zhang brothers' house remained standing while their neighbors gradually all moved out and buildings sprang up along the road.

About eight years have gone by, and the village officials didn't show up to negotiate. Representatives of the demolition office have reportedly visited, but they refused to demolish the house and resettle the family, saying the land is "useless".

Zhang's property is located on Shuguangxilu Road, a spacious avenue, and flanked by high-end residential compounds.

Members of the public have complained about the home, saying it causes inconvenience to drivers.

This is because the eight-lane road narrows to two lanes at the site of the "nail house". "The traffic slows down a great deal during rush hour and I was late for school quite a few times," one student complained.


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