Come September morning... iconic Rochor Centre becomes a memory

It may be a quite young 39 years old but Rochor Centre was once a place rich in culture and tradition

The end of the road nears for the 39-year-old Rochor Centre, which is making way for the upcoming North-South Expressway.

By September, the complex with its four iconic blocks - painted green, yellow, blue and red - will be consigned to the pages of history.

The signs of abandonment can already be seen. The stench of urine at some lift landings and deserted corners hangs heavy in the air. The shutters are down and there is hardly a soul around.

 

More than half of the shops and offices that used to occupy the first three floors of the four blocks have relocated.

Some people have even made the nearly vacant third floor of the centre their temporary sleeping area.

The residents who live on the fifth floor and above are waiting for the keys to their new flats at Kallang Trivista, also a Housing Board project.

They have already discarded television sets, cupboards, stoves, mattresses and other bulky household items and these have started to accumulate at the void decks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2016, with the headline 'Come September morning... an icon becomes a memory'. Print Edition | Subscribe