A popular spot along Evans Road will soon get a new lease of life.
The 14,508 sq m site at 26 Evans Road, which houses well- known eateries and the Evans Lodge student hostel, has a new landlord, Winsta Holding.
The hostel operator, which told The Straits Times two days ago of its $3 million makeover for the site, will take over the premises from Yess Le Green in early January. Renovations will start in the same month.
Winsta won the tender for the state-owned plot on Nov 16 with its offer of a $171,899 monthly rent, more than double the Singapore Land Authority's (SLA) guide rent of $77,000.
The tenancy is for an initial term of three years, renewable for up to six years.
The refurbishment includes converting some of the hostel's 225 single rooms into two-room apartments with attached bathrooms, as well as adding kitchen facilities and new gym equipment.
This may be a necessary move. Reviews of the hostel on sites like TripAdvisor describe the rooms there as "vile" and "disgusting".
One reviewer complained of a cockroach infestation and another of toilet cubicles reeking of urine.
The carpark there will be repaved and expanded. Units occupied by the site's three tenants - breakfast joint Hatched, The Wine Company restaurant and the 24-hour Mr Prata - will be repainted and fitted with brighter lighting.
Winsta is in talks with The Wine Company to build more accessible toilets.