Friday, June 27, 2008

New Seventh Storey Hotel to give way for DTL Bugis Station?

From a News Release jointly issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), it is understood that the New Seventh Storey Hotel (NSSH) will have to be demolished to allow for the construction of the new DTL Bugis station. The News Release displayed on the URA's web site indicates that the Singapore Government will acquire the NSSH under the Land Acquisition Act (LAA) to make way for the construction of the new Bugis station and to enable comprehensive development of the area.

The new Bugis station is part of the 4.3 km Downtown Line MRT Phase 1 (DTL1). It is one of the six stations of DTL1, which will run from Bugis station on the East-West Line to Chinatown station on the North East Line.

It is not known how the hotel management will react and the general public will feel. I had seen this hotel between the DHL hot air balloon site and the Bugis MRT station. It is always sad to know that something has to give way for a new development. I know the difficulty of building new structures and how painful it would be to see a structure go down flat.

You can read the complete News Release from URA at this link titled New DTL Bugis Station.


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