Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee
Technical researches will be performed to evaluate the workability of the program, with the research studies expected to take around 5 years. At the same time, residents and stakeholders are going to be engaged to supply responses and ideas on the plan. Given the range of the property development, complete planning and implementation of Long Island “is going to take years”, Minister Lee states.
Regardless, the future projects on Long Island will likely work for existing nonpublic projects along the East Coast, most of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee reasons. “It might also increase the possibility for en-bloc down the road.”
The suggested Long Island will certainly incorporate seaside security solutions with future reclamation programs for the place, in view of the long-term impact of environment change that includes ascending water level. “Mean sea levels surrounding Singapore are predicted to rise by up to 1m by the end of this century. When high tides accompany hurricane surges, water level can rise by as much as 4 to 5m over mean sea level. This is an extremely considerable concern, due to the fact that about one-third of our island is beneath 5m above mean sea level, and susceptible of being flooded by the sea,” Minister Lee details.
The idea of Long Island would “project coastal projection seawards”, allowing the occurring East Coast Park to be retained mostly in its current state, Minister Lee says. It is going to in addition create an enclosed waterbody, which will turn into a freshwater reservoir gradually, contributing to Singapore’s supply of water while even being a space the public can make use of for water functions.
Close to 800ha throughout three tracts of land could possibly be redeemed off East Coast Park in future decades, providing space for new homes and facilities. Referred To As “Long Island”, the land would be around two times the dimension of Marina Bay, claims Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.
” It is highly likely that the allocation for public housing will be more than private housing on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee says, adding that the HDB condos will likely be released either under the Prime or Plus model.
Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor of information analytics at Huttons Asia, determines that at 800ha, Long Island would be similar in size to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and could possibly house between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with a great mix of business, recreation and green aspects.
He proceeds: “The possibilities of creating a second Sentosa are poor as the state intends to create a comprehensive community permitting everyone access to great properties and not just for the wealthy.” He additionally checks out that the program will trigger further investment into transportation connectivity, with the possibility for an MRT or LRT extension to expand from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.
Speaking at a habitat enhancement event at East Coast Park held on Nov 28, Minister Lee mentions that the assignment would certainly develop opportunities for years to come generations of Singapore. “They might construct homes, generate jobs, develop support services and facilities that they need, and include around 20 km of new coastal and reservoir parks, extending from the current East Coast Park,” he adds.