Makeover for Chinatown Street Market Stalls sporting plastic awnings to be replaced with fire-safe box-like units Published on Jul 29, 2013 7:38 AM http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/s...20130729/ST_20130729_VJTCHINTOWN_3767097e.jpg A mock-up of the shelter that will replace the plastic awnings of about 70 street stalls in Chinatown Street Market was erected two months ago outside Singapore Coins and Notes Museum on Pagoda Street. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/straitstimes.com/files/20130729/28748810e.jpg The colourful plastic awnings of over 200 street stalls that display a range of goods is a familiar sight for both locals and tourists. Yet the distinctive look and feel of the Chinatown Street Market may be getting a makeover. A small concrete shelter has been erected outside the Singapore Notes and Coins Museum, along Pagoda street. It is a prototype being tested to see if the shelter is suited to replace the existing ones. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING By Janice Tai The distinctive look and feel of the Chinatown Street Market will soon be getting a makeover. About 70 shopfront street stalls - which are now marked by colourful plastic awnings - will operate out of box-like units equipped with their own shutters and fire safety system by 2015. A mock-up of the shelter, about the size of two toilet cubicles, was erected two months ago outside the Singapore Coins and Notes Museum on Pagoda Street. The new shelters will replace existing ones - made up of plastic canvas draped over zinc roofs - which are a potential fire hazard.