Monday, 21 May 2018

(The Star) New look for heritage market

The Campbell Street market will be upgraded in a RM8mil project which will start sometime end of this year.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said construction work is expected to take at least two and a half years.

“This is because the market will still continue to be open during construction.

“I hope the project will start by the third quarter, if not the final quarter of this year,” he told reporters during a visit to the market in Penang.

Chow greeting patrons at a coffee shop in Campbell Street, Penang.

Chow said discussions with the stakeholders started in 2015.

“We are now entering the third year. This market community is still waiting for the project to be implemented.

“We understand that this building is located within a world heritage site and it is also a Class Two heritage building.

“Therefore, the appointed consultant has already taken enough time to examine all the heritage issues. So, it should be ready for the tender process,” he said.

The almost deserted Campbell Street market.

Chow said the city mayor has requested for the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to be given one more month to make a final review before tender could be called.

“The mayor feels that there is still room for improvement to strengthen all issues,” he said, adding that the tender for the market upgrading project would be called between June and August.

Chow said the estimated cost for the refurbishment would be around RM7mil to RM8mil, after taking into consideration all the heritage issues, as well as the green building index (GBI) element.

“I think the mayor wants to add value to the plan by including GBI index compliance and also accessibility, and all that,” he said.