Decision time at white building

Residents of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building were presented with two options yesterday: take a $70,000 payout for their apartment or live in Phnom Penh’s Teuk Thla commune for three years while the structure is renovated. The 50 people representing the 554 families living in the ...

Pech Sotheary

White Building meeting

District authorities have again moved to quash long-running rumours that residents of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building will be evicted to make way for development. ...

Chhay Channyda

White building residents receive another safety warning

Every year since 2007, the Phnom Penh government has sent letters to residents of the iconic White Building warning that it is unsafe and urging them to move out. Every year, most of the 547 families packed into the aging apartment complex choose to stay.  ...

Va Sonyka and Jonathan Cox

White Building ‘overloaded’

Residents of Phnom Penh’s historic White Building have been warned by local authorities that DIY repairs and jam-packed apartments could be putting the iconic structure at risk.A letter signed by Tonle Bassac commune chief Khat Narith, which was signed on July 1 but distributed among ...

Sen David

Construction ends, resumes near White Building

The “temporary suspension” of construction works widely believed to have damaged Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building was officially lifted on the same day it was announced, according to a government notice. Large cracks appeared across the southern part of the historic apartment block on Sunday evening, ...

Sen David

Residents file petition over cracks

Dozens of families living in Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building filed a petition to City Hall yesterday morning, urging authorities to put an end to nearby construction work, which they say has left large cracks in the structure, and demanding compensation. ...

Sen David

Cracks leave tenants in fear

Residents of Phnom Penh’s historic White Building fled from their homes on Sunday night after large cracks suddenly appeared in the structure, which have been widely attributed to nearby construction work, sparking fears for their safety. A group of officials from City Hall and the Ministry ...

Sen David and Alice Cuddy

Tenants of white building in dark on demolition

A sense of panic is growing inside Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building, with residents unsure of their fate after Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said on Tuesday that the iconic apartment block was condemned and would be torn down. Most residents spoken to Wednesday say they ...

Hul Reaksmey and Chan Cheuk Yin

Residents say 7NG is buying up White Building

After the development company 7NG completed the violent eviction of more than 1,400 families from Phnom Penh’s Dey Krahorm community in 2009, it set its sights on the adjacent White Building. The historic apartment block, which was built as a low-cost housing project under then Prince ...

Chan Cheuk Yin, Sun Heng and Matt Blomberg

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