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Shabby market to be upgraded in Minhang

    A shabby home decoration market no longer in use in Minhang District is to be replaced by a modern furniture and construction material trade center.

    Jiuxing Market in Qibao Town has long drawn people looking for paint, wallpaper, laminate flooring and other home decoration materials, but its popularity has also attracted unauthorized vendors and illegal buildings to house them.

    The district government closed the market in June due to a mass of illegal structures and safety concerns, and its future planning was published yesterday.

    It will become an “international furniture and construction material trade center” with 1.74 million square meters of new construction, doubling the size of the former downmarket but popular venue, said Zhu Zhisong, the Party secretary of Minhang.

    “The center will also incorporate a cultural and innovative industry to become a new landmark in west part of the city,” Zhu said.

    The new buildings will be kept at a distance from residential houses to resolve the many previous complaints about noise and safety concerns, Zhu said.

    The town government has razed the entire site, which comprised numerous legal and illegal structures, and will redevelop it as a contemporary commercial center, the Qibao government said.

    More than 10,000 registered vendors have moved out.