Remaking Pasir Ris plan sees sees fruition with large government land sales

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The Housing & Development Board (HDB) on Aug 27 launched for sale by tender a white or mixed-use site at Pasir Ris Central as part of its ‘Remaking Pasir Ris’ plan. The site spanning 3.8 hectares under the government land sales programme (GLS) was released under its confirmed list for the second half of 2018. The 99-year leasehold site as part of Pasir Ris Town’s “Remaking Our Heartland” plan. The commercial and residential development slated for the site must be integrated with a bus interchange, a polyclinic and a town plaza.

The 38,003.7 square metre (409,070 square feet) land parcel next to Pasir Ris MRT station can yield up to 600 private homes, and has a maximum permissible gross floor area of 95,010 sq m, said HDB. The proposed gross plot ratio is 2.5.

HDB said that tenders received for the mixed-use site at Pasir Ris Central will be evaluated under a concept and price revenue system, which requires tenderers to submit their concept proposals and tender prices in two separate envelopes. Only short-listed concept proposals will go on to have their price envelopes considered.

Unveiled by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally in 2007, the Remaking Our Heartland initiative was launched as a new comprehensive blueprint to renew and further develop existing HDB towns and estates, to ensure sustainability and vibrancy of the HDB heartlands and to make Singapore a distinctive and endearing home for all.

Mature, middle-aged or young HDB estates are home to many generations of Singaporeans. Through the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, exciting plans have been drawn up to renew our HDB estates, with blueprints tailored to meeting the changing needs of our community. Each HDB estate will build on what makes it unique – to capitalise on the distinct characteristics of each area. These plans would remake our HDB towns and estates, ensuring that it remain relevant, vibrant and sustainable.

Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were the first heartland towns and estates selected in 2007 to undergo ROH. Subsequently in 2011, East Coast, Hougang and Jurong Lake areas were selected for the ROH 2 programme.

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In March 2015, it was announced that Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris will be the next HDB towns to undergo the ROH 3 programme. In drawing up the rejuvenation plans, HDB had actively engaged residents and stakeholders in the early stages of the planning to participate in Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) held in June and July 2015. HDB has taken into consideration the inputs of the FGD participants when developing the ROH 3 plans.

The renewal plans for Woodlands, Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris have been finalised and we welcome you to view the ROH 3 plans drawn up for these areas.

HDB announced in April 2017 that its ‘Remaking Pasir Ris’ plans would feature refreshed town centre, upgraded parks, as well as new houing by the park.

Known for its beaches, parks and recreational facilities, Pasir Ris will retain all these and more, even as it is rejuvenated under the ROH programme. The proposals for Remaking Pasir Ris is aimed at reinvigorating this urban sanctuary, and are focused on four key strategies:

  • Transforming the town centre into a vibrant hub
  • Enhancing nature living with upgraded parks and new housing by the park
  • Enlivening community spaces in the neighbourhoods
  • Improving connectivity
Remaking Pasir Ris
Image credit: HDB

Under the Remaking Pasir Ris plan, the Pasir Ris Town Centre, located at the heart of the town, will be transformed into a vibrant hub with the development of a new mixed-use commercial and residential development. To be integrated with a bus interchange, the new development will offer seamless connection to public transport services and a wide range of commercial facilities, all under one roof. The new bus interchange will also be designed to incorporate a new dedicated pick-up and drop-off area for full-time National Servicemen (NSF) undergoing military training in Pulau Tekong.

The Remaking Pasir Ris plans will also see the town centre being transformed into a lively community hub and the history of Pasir Ris (along with the early stories of the town) being preserved through a Heritage Garden.

The ambitious plan will also see Pasir Ris Park and Beach – popular recreation spots for residents and visitors alike – being rejuvenated with more recreational facilities and play spaces to improve the overall beach experience. These will include more sand play areas at Pasir Ris Beach to encourage family and community activities, and upgrading of the existing pavilions and toilet facilities in Pasir Ris Park. The Pasir Ris Town Park, which houses a fishing pond familiar to the residents, will also undergo a makeover under the Remaking Pasir Ris plan. With the makeover, residents can look forward to new dining options in the park, with the completion of a new hawker centre later this year.

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In addition, residents can also look forward to a better overall walking and cycling experience throughout the town, with enhancements at three key connections, i.e. Central Greenway, Nature Ways, and River Ways.

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