The Famous Millionaire

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Chapter 45

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Chapter 45

When Park made a puzzled look, Hyunwoo quickly explained,

“You can think of it as sort of contributed acceptance. In other words, we offer part of the first floor as the site of a senior citizens center and build a dormitory on the 2nd and 3rd floor. We can then cut the construction cost.”

Park reviewed the report again.

In Hyunwoo’s estimate, the total construction cost of the senior center was about 90 million, which accounted for less than 17% of the total cost. But 120 million, or about 21% of the total construction cost, was proposed as the burden of the city government. As the city already had enough funds available for the senior center, Hyunwoo thought it would be possible.

If things worked out according to Hyunwoo’s plans, Aurum would save about 15 million won from its original proposal price.

What was more important was they could use the senior center as a provisional dormitory for the employees.

Hyunwoo confirmed through his friend at the city government that the existing senior center had no safety problems even though it looked dangerous, and it could be used for another purpose with the consent of the residents in that area.

Park said, tilting his head,

“I know what you mean, but I wonder if the city government can approve our cost-reduction plan. I doubt it.”

“I already talked with a public servant in charge of social welfare at the city government, and he said 200 million won had been already allotted for a new senior center, but the problem is they can’t find an appropriate lot. So, if we propose to the city that they give us a subsidy of 120 million won on the condition that we offer a site, I think they will green light it.”

“What if the city government rejects it?

Hyunwoo thought the chances were very slim that they would reject it, for it would benefit not only Aurum but also the city of Ansan in terms of resolving the urgent problem of finding a lot for the senior center.

Of course, there was still a possibility that they would reject it because it would be illegal to do so. From Aurum’s point of view, it would get benefits to proceed with the construction even if it didn’t get a subsidy. At least, Aurum could use the current senior center as a provisional dormitory for its employees.

The thing was Park Daebong’s determination. If Park declared “No lot without any cost reduction!” not only Aurum but also the city government and the local seniors would lose the opportunity.

The best way was for the city government to accept Hyunwoo’s idea, and Hyunwoo had to make it happen by any means.

“Well, then we have to persuade them.”

“Persuade them? Any ideas?”

Of course Hyunwoo had one. He thought that Park was the right person for the job.

Park was famous from the management above middle-level managers for his unusual sociability. It would not be that difficult for Park to persuade several public servants involved with his sociability. This was also a good opportunity for Park, too. If he could confirm his capabilities through this event, he could use it for a promotion.

The thing was whether Park could seize the opportunity.

“Please show your talent this time. I think you can persuade them with your talents.”

“Me?”

“I don’t think there are few who could win over anybody better than you. Please show them what kind of type you are. Then, even the president will be surprised.”

Park’s eyes opened a bit wide.

Having heard Hyunwoo’s account, Park felt attracted to it. This had nothing to do with his knowledge or experience. It was directly related to his interpersonal skill, his most salient strength. Park’s eyes were sparkling. Trying wouldn’t hurt, after all. At the same time, he thought that it would be good to make acquaintances with them on this occasion.

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However, this was not something Park could decide on his own.

“Okay, let me report to the president, and if he doesn’t raise any objections, let’s go ahead with it. Can you come with me, Mr. Jang?”

“Sure, sir.”

Hyunwoo accompanied Park to the president’s office.

Oh Sangho looked at them with a dissatisfied look. He really wanted to earn the president’s trust by pulling off a great deal this time, but it seemed that was Hyunwoo standing in the way again.

After the briefing was done, the president okayed their idea gladly but with one condition.

“This should not be a contributed donation. We’re just giving them a lease for the next 20 years so that they can use the first floor as the senior center. In other words, we should not transfer the ownership of the building.”

“Don’t worry, uncle!” said Park confidently.

Through his friend in Ansan, Hyunwoo treated the social welfare section chief to dinner. It was a sushi restaurant with a reasonable price.

The dinner get-together with him was made one week after Hyunwoo and Park met the president. In the meantime, Park went all out to mobilize his friends connected to the section chief as if he was boasting his wide networking.

A total of six gathered at the dinner meeting, including Hyunwoo and Yonggu from Aurum.

Out of courtesy of his counterparts from the city government, Park arrived ten minutes earlier to wait for them. When they arrived, Park sprang to his feet and said,

“How are you? This is Park Youngsu, manager of Aurum’s purchasing team.”

“Nice to meet you. This is Kim Sunmun, the chief of the social welfare section,” said Kim with a bright smile.

“Are you the younger brother of Kim Inmun by any chance?”

At Park’s asking, Kim said, with his eyes opening widely as if he was surprised,

“Do you know my elder brother?”

“Oh, yes. He is someone that I know. I have a friend of mine who plays a round of golf with me, and your brother was his senior when they attended the same school. I think I went to a golf club with him, too.”

“Oh, I see.”

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