Former Red Cross Site To Be Redeveloped

The recently demolished Cam­bo­dian Red Cross building on No­ro­dom Boulevard will be replaced by a su­­­permarket and serviced apartments, the organization’s secretary-general, Mey Samedy, said Monday.

The crumbling French colonial-era building, which had been aban­­doned and suffered years of ne­glect, was leveled to raise mo­ney to expand the CRC’s more mo­d­ern offices on Street 180, Mey Sa­medy said.

The organization’s current head­quarters are overcrowded, he said.

“Nowadays a lot of foreign aid staff are working at the Red Cross headquarters,” he added.

Golden Harvest Co Ltd, a private Singaporean company, signed an agreement last year with the CRC to redevelop the site, Mey Samedy said. He did not re­veal the length of the lease or the value of the trans­­action.

The demolished building was constructed in the early 20th century and was once the French military’s headquarters. Following Cambodia’s independence from France, the building housed the RCAF commander in chief’s headquarters, and it served the same function under Lon Nol’s military government, Mey Samedy said.

Following the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, the building was taken over by the Red Cross, he said.

“It was built since before I was born in the 1930s,” he said.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary on Feb 18, the CRC—whose president is Bun Rany, wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen—raised nearly $2 million from the country’s political and business elite.



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