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Development of former military cadre training park stopped

It has recently been confirmed that the military property that prompted the Construction and Planning Agency of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to publicly criticize the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) five years ago will soon be returned to the National Property Administration of the Ministry of Finance, indirectly terminating the initial plans for transforming the grounds into a public area.

Known as the Green Village Military Cadre Training Park (青邨幹訓班園區), the military property was the center of a debate between the MOD and MOI when it was brought to light that the area contains the source of the Yangmingshan Milk Hot Spring.

Criticizing the military for having exclusive possession of the hot spring, the MOI eventually received approval from the Executive Yuan to acquire the property and had planned to reconstruct the area through means of a Build-Operate-Transfer project, transforming it into a public vacation zone.

Following the MOD's refusal to surrender the property, they allegedly declared that the area would be transformed into a military service recreation center as an attraction for recruitment. The statement received heavy criticism, eventually forcing the MOD to hand the area over to the Yangmingshan National Park Administration Services.

The transfer encouraged the submitting of a draft of a joint project between the Construction and Planning Agency, the National Development Council and the Public Construction Commission of the Executive Yuan.

However, five years after the draft submission, no follow-ups had been made available to the public and buildings in the area had become rundown due to a lack of management. When local media recently appealed to the Yangmingshan National Park Administration Services for information on the status of the project, Deputy Director Chan Te-shu (詹德樞) confirmed that the area is to be returned to the National Property Administration; the transfer is currently in progress.

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