Watermark restaurant has proposed a makeover plan for Pier 7 connected to the Central Star Ferry Terminal which will see parts of a public viewing deck folded into its premises.

In its application to the Town Planning Board published on the government website, Watermark proposed two options to expand the restaurant. Under the first plan, 157 square metres of a public viewing deck and a corridor will be turned into outdoor dining and waiting areas. The second option will see 94 square metres of public space changed into part of the restaurant.

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A before and after comparison of the public viewing deck under Watermark’s proposal. Photo: gov.hk.

Watermark said the reduction of public area is “insignificant” under these two plans, according to the application.

The restaurant also proposed to upgrade the remainder of the public viewing deck and make it “higher quality in terms of size, unobstructed views, available seats and landscaping, photogenic setting and intimacy with the water body.”

Public viewing areas at Pier 7 are currently “underutilised” and the makeover will benefit the public and bring extra income to the Star Ferry operation, Watermark said.

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Pier 7 connected to Central Star Ferry Terminal. Photo: Wikicommons.

The Town Planning Board is set to discuss the application on February 5 2016. Members of the public can submit their opinions of the proposals via the government website until January 12.

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.