My Turf

With the new Jurong Region MRT Line, a tight-knit community makes way for change

Ms Noi Zhang, 44, who has worked at Nasi Lemak (CCK) for four years, said she has become good friends with regular customers. Cobbler A. H. Lee set up a work space at Block 303 more than eight years ago. He plans to return to the area after the MRT l
The 4,000 sq m plot of land which Block 303 in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 sits on is part of the area that the Government is acquiring to build the Jurong Region MRT Line.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
From left: Mr Lee Wei Ping, 36; Mr See Lai Huat, 29; Ms Lee Poh Luan, 47; Ms Chiang Yeok Wah, 59, and Mr Alex Chua, 21, work at Offer and Save Superstore. Mr Lee, the store supervisor, has worked at the store since it opened in 2006.
From left: Mr Lee Wei Ping, 36; Mr See Lai Huat, 29; Ms Lee Poh Luan, 47; Ms Chiang Yeok Wah, 59, and Mr Alex Chua, 21, work at Offer and Save Superstore. Mr Lee, the store supervisor, has worked at the store since it opened in 2006.ST PHOTO: ESTHER KOH
Ms Noi Zhang, 44, who has worked at Nasi Lemak (CCK) for four years, said she has become good friends with regular customers. Cobbler A. H. Lee set up a work space at Block 303 more than eight years ago. He plans to return to the area after the MRT l
Ms Noi Zhang, 44, who has worked at Nasi Lemak (CCK) for four years, said she has become good friends with regular customers. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Ms Noi Zhang, 44, who has worked at Nasi Lemak (CCK) for four years, said she has become good friends with regular customers. Cobbler A. H. Lee set up a work space at Block 303 more than eight years ago. He plans to return to the area after the MRT l
Cobbler A. H. Lee set up a work space at Block 303 more than eight years ago. He plans to return to the area after the MRT line is built. ST PHOTO: ESTHER KOH

My Turf is a fortnightly series that aims to share untold stories of our neighbourhoods. In this instalment, we take a look at a block in Choa Chu Kang which will be acquired for construction of the Jurong Region Line.

While the new Jurong Region MRT Line will mean convenience and accessibility for many, for some residents and shopkeepers it will mean bidding long-term friendships, bonds, and a familiar community goodbye.

In order to construct the MRT line, the Government will be acquiring close to 24,000 sq m of land, including a 4,000 sq m plot in Choa Chu Kang which Block 303 in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 sits on.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'A tight-knit community makes way for change'. Print Edition | Subscribe