GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Arts District, which was originally to be at Sia Boey (old Prangin Market) in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, will be moved to a land situated off Gat Lebuh Mccallum and Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the new site for the Penang Arts District – the 3.7ha land owned by the Penang Development Corp and the state government – was just 500m away from the original proposed site.
He added that the new site was also larger than the original 2.22ha land. “With a much larger land area without the limitation of existing buildings and structures, the site provides greater flexibility and new possibilities for the Penang Arts District,” Lim told reporters in Komtar yesterday.
Lim said Sia Boey had been identified as a likely site to be transformed into a transportation hub for the planned Light Rail Transit (LRT) and monorail interchange.
He said the new site could cater to the single largest collection of art galleries and cultural museums, creative boutiques, arts schools and workshops.
Lim also announced that Penang State Art Gallery Committee vice-chairman and prominent art collector Datuk Dr Tan Chee Khuan had been appointed as the advisor for the Penang Arts District project.
Present were Dr Tan and PCEB director Tony Pua.
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