Mr Ting, who is an architect, said he understood the need to demolish the building for safety reasons, but asked if other alternatives had been explored.
He also asked if the demolition could be done without acquiring the land, as he believes the owners would be better compensated if the property were sold on the open market.
“Basically we still need some time to digest, and we will already be meeting with the other owners tomorrow to discuss these issues, to find a win-win solution,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor described the building’s acquisition and demolition as “necessary for the safety of building occupants, businesses and the community.”
“The building will not be able to withstand the excavation work for the construction of the nearby North-South Corridor (#NSC) tunnel,” she wrote.
“The acquisition of the building will therefore be the safest option.
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Construction of the North-South Corridor began in 2018.
The 21.5 km highway will better connect the northern and central parts of Singapore, serving motorists traveling between the city center and cities such as Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh.
It is expected to facilitate traffic on the Central Expressway (CTE) and intersect with various highways including the Seletar Expressway (SLE), Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and East Coast Parkway (ECP).
Originally designed as the North-South Highway in 2008, it was later redesigned as Singapore’s longest ‘priority transit corridor’, with dedicated bus lanes, pedestrian and cycle lanes in addition to roads for automobile traffic.