Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BB Plaza not demolished

After some intense lobbying from affected parties and political pressure, MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd gave in and decided not to acquire BB Plaza and Bangunan Yayasan Selangor, both owned by UDA Holdings Berhad.

Landmark: The iconic 38-year-old BB Plaza, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, will be demolished to make way for the MRT project.

As what required earlier, Bukit Bintang Central station will be right under current BB Plaza. Thus it is mandatory to demolish the once iconic building in Golden Triangle.

This is so wrong in the sense that MRT Corp has revised the station design to avoid having direct integration with BB Plaza.

However, the revised design allows for integration to take place later, if and when BB Plaza is re-developed in the future.

From the press release by MRT Corp, the following businesses located outside BB Plaza will make way for the work:

a) Gloria Jeans’ Coffees
b) Hot & Roll
c) Starbucks Coffee (seating area only)
d) MADO Ice Cream (Yayasan Selangor’s tenant)

Note: They agreed to move out and have until this Sunday to do so

The Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlet was closed.

Five tenants occupying the sidewalk cafes have until Sunday to move out of the Bukit Bintang Plaza in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Pic by Nik Hariff Hassan

The standalone Bukit Bintang Central Station will be only accessible from the ground level in front of BB Plaza.

Wouldn't that has defeated the purpose of building and integration of Bukit Bintang Central station?

KVMRT is very disappointed with the attitude of MRT Corp who always cave in to unnecessary demands by certain parties.

Let us hope no more changing of station designs in future as it is claimed to be best optimal route and point of catchment.