Rochor Centre to be demolished soon

April 1, 2016

The four brilliantly coloured housing blocks will likely be demolished to make way for a fresh expressway.

Rochor Centre, a public housing estate in the Bugis place dating back to the 1970s, is going to be demolished by the conclusion of this year to make way for the newest North-South Expressway.

Assembled in 1977, it consists Parc Riviera Price of four brightly coloured HDB blocks that originally placed 567 households and 183 shops. While 36 households have relocated as of January 2016 but because of the impending redevelopment, 106 stores have closed.

Nonetheless, many longtime residents are saddened about having to move out of Rochor Centre.

Moving to a different home is debilitating as they’ve developed excellent relationships with their neighbours, added Devan, who’s affectionately called ‘orh hia’ (black brother) by neighbours and shopkeepers in the estate.

Based on Denise Phua, Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC, which contains Bugis, life will not be the same for the residents, however they can look forward to a tranquil surroundings and more greenery compared to that in busy Rochor.

The Housing Board shown that 91 percent of the residents in Rochor Centre will move to HDB flats at Kallang Trivista that was nearby. Of this, 15 percent opted to relocate to units close to their relatives or former neighbours in Rochor Centre.

Rochor Centre is one of three historical public housing estates that will soon be torn down for redevelopment. The others are Dakota Crescent and four low rise HDB blocks in Siglap, that were built in 1958 and 1964 , respectively.

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