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Govt releases 31 sites under GLS Programme

The Government today announced the second half 2013 (2H2013) GLS Programme. Comprising 11 Confirmed List sites and 20 Reserve List sites, the GLS programme can yield up to 14,200 private residential units, including 3,300 Executive Condominium (EC) units, 268,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA) of commercial space and 960 hotel rooms (see Appendices 1 & 2). Supply from the GLS programme, together with projects in the pipeline, is assessed to be more than adequate to meet the continuing demand for private housing and commercial space.

The Confirmed List contains 10 private residential sites (including 5 EC sites) and 1 commercial site. These sites can yield about 6,000 private residential units (including 2,800 EC units) and 69,000 sqm GFA of commercial space.
The Reserve List contains 14 private residential sites (including 1 EC site), 1 commercial & residential site, 1 commercial site, 1 White site and 3 hotel sites. These sites can yield about 8,200 private residential units (including 500 EC units), 199,000 sqm GFA of commercial space and 960 hotel rooms.

Supply of Private Housing
The Confirmed List contains 10 private residential sites, including 5 EC sites. All of these sites are located in the Outside Central Region and the Rest of Central Region, where more affordable private housing is expected to be built. The supply of about 6,000 private residential units (including 2,800 EC units) comes on top of the record high supply of 100,600 units (including ECs) in the pipeline, of which 39,000 units still remain unsold as of the first quarter of 2013.

The Government will continue two initiatives which were introduced in the 1H2013 GLS Programme to encourage more prudent bidding by developers. First, the batched tender closing date system will be applied on two pairs of sites on the Confirmed List. Sites in each pair are adjacent to each other, and of a similar size and unit yield. The first pair is located at Upper Serangoon View and meant for private residential developments; the other is at Choa Chu Kang Grove and meant for EC developments.
Second, the Government will continue to require developers of EC sites to only launch units for sale 15 months from the date of award of the sites or after the physical completion of foundation works, whichever is earlier. This requirement will be applied on all the EC sites offered in the 2H2013 GLS Programme.

Supply of Commercial Space
The Government is releasing a commercial site at Woodlands Avenue 5 for sale on the Confirmed List of the 2H2013 GLS Programme to kick-start the development of Woodlands Regional Centre. Woodlands Regional Centre will anchor the recently announced North Coast Innovation Corridor, which aims to introduce more jobs near homes in the north of Singapore. This site will provide 66,000 sqm GFA of office space to meet business needs, and 3,500 sqm GFA of ancillary retail space.

Supply of Hotel Rooms
The hotel site at Victoria Street, which was made available for sale through the Reserve List in November 2012, will be removed from the Reserve List to facilitate a review of the land use intention for the site. Three remaining hotel sites at Race Course Road, East Coast Road and Havelock Road, with a total estimated yield of 960 rooms, will be carried over from the 1H2013 Reserve List.

Other Government Supply to be Made Available in 2H2013
Apart from the GLS Programme, the Government also makes available other supply of land and properties through its various agencies to meet economic or development objectives. This includes localised retail facilities at parks, MRT stations and community centres, and leasing of vacant state properties for commercial uses.

Source -URA – 25 jun 2013

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Old Siglap flats to be demolished

Four blocks of low-rise HDB flats  at the junction of East Coast Road and Siglap Road are set to be demolished under the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), The Straits Times reported.

Officially opened in 1964 by Siglap assemblyman Rahim Ishak, the flats were built to house residents whose homes were destroyed by a fire in 1962.

The development was never upgraded despite having no lifts and each block is served by a single staircase. Most of the 117 units are two-bedders, with a third comprising rental flats.

54-year old resident Mary Lee, a social welfare worker, said: “This place is very quiet and very peaceful. I will miss this place because I go to East Coast Park for exercise every day and the food here is very nice.”

Meanwhile, SERS provides the current flat owners with priority in acquiring units at a new site in Chai Chee Road at subsidised prices. Shopkeepers who qualify for compensation will receive S$60,000 and 10 percent off the rent if they open in another HDB block.

But some shopkeepers feel this means the end of their business. At least half of the 10 shops plan to close for good, while others remain uncertain about their future.
Source – PropGuru – 20 May 2013