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Proposed Chowrasta Makeover

new look for chowrasta market proposed 2012

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Market makeover

ONE of the oldest markets in Penang — the Chowrasta Market — will be transformed into an iconic landmark in the state under a proposed major facelift project costing up to RM12mil.

Well-known for its stores selling second-hand books, preserved fruits and other titbits, the run-down three-storey building is set to undergo a major makeover since it was last upgraded in 1961.

Arkitek LLA Sdn Bhd director Ong Jin Cheng said the market would sport a refreshing new look under the project which is expected to cost between RM10mil and RM12mil.
Ong: Creepers would be grown along the side of the walls

The firm has been engaged by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) as the project’s architect.

The original Chowrasta Market was built in 1890 by the George Town Municipal Council.

The market faces Penang Road and is flanked by Lebuh Tamil, Jalan Chowrasta and Jalan Kuala Kangsar.

Ong said there were plans for an urban farm on the rooftop where hydroponic plants could be grown.
In the heart of George Town: File photos of the Chowrasta Market viewed from the back (above) and the front facing Penang Road (below)

“We have proposed that an escalator be built for easier access to the upper levels.

“The first floor will also be equipped with amenities for the public,” he said at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.

He said creepers would be grown along the side of the walls of the multi-storey car park at the back portion of the building under the proposed new look.

MPPP secretary Ang Aing Thye said the project was still at the designing stage and the council was getting more feedback from the public.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present, said the upgrading of the market would be helmed by heritage architect Laurence Loh from the same firm.

“The traders can continue to operate their business there in a cleaner, greener, safer and healthy environment,” he said.

Lim added that the contractor for the project would be chosen through an open tender.

When contacted, Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said the project design was almost ready.

“Now we need to know the actual cost for each element of the project,” he said adding that the upgrading works were expected to begin within the next few months.

It was reported in December last year that a multi-storey car park and travelators were among the proposals to rejuvenate the market.

It was proposed that one third of the back portion of the market be demolished to build a five-storey car park with 153 parking bays.

- Source: The Star Metro here

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