Redevelopment plans for Holland Village car park spark concern

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The Housing and Development Board (HDB) said the Holland Village car park Q82, when vacated, will be re-developed for residential or commercial use – depending on prevailing demands and market sentiments.

Blocks 14 to 17, 22 and 23 in Holland Avenue/Drive selected for Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) are pending demolition.

But news that the 30-year-old car park will be closed had left some people worried.

The car park in front of Block 12 Holland Drive has 405 parking lots.

Although it will continue operating until the re-development plans are firmed up, residents are concerned that it might cause inconvenience.

A regular driver to Holland Village said: “I don’t know why they want to demolish, but I think definitely it’s going to affect both the residents here as well as the visitors here.

“Because this is quite a popular spot, I mean there are lots of restaurants here and a lot of people come here during lunch time as well as during the weekends.

“So I think there will be a severe shortage of parking lots if they demolish this place.”

Some shopkeepers also worry that their businesses may be affected.

Others suggest ways to have the best of both worlds.

A member of the public said: “You can build a multi-storey car park or a shopping centre with an underground car park. So can save space and utilise the full potential of this place.”

Source : CNA – 2012 Jul 5

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