Rochor Centre to be demolished shortly

The four bright coloured housing blocks will be demolished to make way for a new expressway.

A public housing estate in the Bugis place dating back to the 1970s, Rochor Centre, will soon be demolished by the conclusion of the year to make way for the newest North-South Expressway, reported The Straits Times.

Constructed in 1977, it consists of four bright coloured HDB blocks that originally housed 567 families and 183 shops. But Parc Riviera due to the imminent redevelopment, 106 stores have closed while 36 families have relocated as of January 2016.

Nevertheless, many long time residents are saddened about being forced to move out of Rochor Centre.

“It reminds me of the kampong that I grew up in when I had been little.”

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

In accordance with Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC, Denise Phua, which comprises Bugis, life will never be the same for the residents, but they could look forward to more greenery along with a tranquil surroundings compared to that in Rochor that is busy.

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

Rochor Centre is just one of three historical public housing estates that may shortly 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 .

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