No White Bldg consensus

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A street view of the White Building from Sothearos Boulevard. Many residents of the building opted to lower their demands for compensation as redevelopment plans for the site move forward. Eliah Lillis

Most residents at the capital’s White Buildingopted on Friday to lower their demands for compensation from more than $2,000 per square metre to around $1,800 per square metre as the dilapidated structure’s redevelopment looms.

The structure will be torn down and rebuilt by Japanese firm Arakawa Continue reading

City Hall to prohibit May Day protests by unions

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A man walks past Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in 2014, where razor wire and other barricades had been placed to prevent a May Day demonstration and march. Vireak Mai

A city Hall spokesman announced yesterday that the municipality will ban any public gatherings by unions representing many of the garment sector’s 700,000 workers on International Workers’ Day, even as Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reportedly touted the country’s achievements Continue reading

Companies told to reopen road

Source: Khmer Times

Tycoon Suy Sophan says she was not involved in fencing off the road. KT/Chor Sokunthea

LAND Minister Chea Sophara has told two firms to reopen a public road they fenced off without permission.
The order came after 127 families affected by the closure complained about Phanimex and Ly Heng companies in August last year.
A ministry working group and local authorities inspected Continue reading

Out of sight, out of mind?

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Construction on the new controversial Freedom Park along National Road 5 will finish next month, according to Phnom Penh’s City Hall. A designated protest area since 2010, the original Freedom Park in Daun Penh district was the site of the CNRP’s post-election protests in 2013, until their violent dispersal by masked thugs.

City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey yesterday said that Continue reading

In with the old, in with the new

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The Bokor Mountain Lodge in Kampot was built in 1908, and still retains 95 percent of its original architecture. Photo supplied

In a country steeped in historical treasures of a culture that spans across two millenia, ancient relics, temples and monasteries have been victims to looting, civil war, the wear and tear of time, and ignorance.

In the last few years, a stricter approach has been taken to preserve remaining buildings which hold a history within them, in particular houses built during the French Continue reading

Homeowners get creative in flipping wooden houses for extra cash

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Homeowners are attempting to make a profit by re-selling wood from demolished houses. Moeun Nhean

As materials essential for construction, such as different types of wood, continue to rise in value, savvy homeowners and businessmen are turning their attention towards demolishing and rebuilding rundown wooden houses using concrete and steel foundations while also seeking a small profit out of re-selling leftover wood.

Toul Kork resident Sa Kun told Post Property of her recent Continue reading

Construction sector investment falls by 22 percent

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Construction activity is a massive contributor to Cambodia’s economy, but the MLMUPC has recorded a dip in Q1 investment capital into the sector. Hong Menea

Investment capital in Cambodia’s construction industry is off to a dwindling start this year, falling 22.1 percent at the end of the first quarter compared with the same period last year.

The latest quarterly report released by the Ministry of Continue reading