Woodlands could get almost 10,000 new dwelling units as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, which is set to change the complete estate. The new residential projects, to be sited at Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast, were announced by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Sunday (April 16).
The Woodlands Central homes will be located near the Woods Square and then there will be commercial facilities as well. The authorities have yet to determine if these is going to be public or private units. Meanwhile, the Woodlands North Coast public housing development will offer you residents a “housing-in-the-woods” experience by leveraging on the area’s natural hilly terrain so residents can take advantage of good views of Admiralty Park and also the Straits of Johor.
The entire makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – is going to be implemented inside the next five to a decade. A spending budget has yet to become finalised. The ROH programme aims to beautify heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, element of HDB’s third batch that also includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is placed to undergo the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants in the community herb garden in Bukit Batok – the initial such garden in a neighbourhood centre. The centre, which reopened last October, also boasts a revamped fitness corner and also the first community pa
HDB claimed that Woodlands is going to be turned into the “Star Destination from the North” and listed six “star attractions” to be rolled out over the 1,198 ha neighbourhood. The first involves expanding the Woodlands Regional Centre. This comprises two parcels of land – retail hub Woodlands Central, a 30ha area around Woodlands MRT and Causeway Point with a new town plaza; and Woodlands North Coast, a 70ha area between Republic Polytechnic and Woodlands Waterfront.
The 2nd parcel (Woodlands North Coast) is placed to accommodate a business park – the first such cluster within the northern region – with land reserve for small, and medium enterprises. The facelift for your Waterfront does mean new trails and a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously that the Woodlands Regional Centre has got the possible ways to eventually provide approximately 100,000 jobs when its transformation is finished. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. The other two are Jurong Lake District and also the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to become the fourth such centre.
The six “star attractions” are:
Woodlands Regional Centre set to become a new hub for businesses, especially those with Malaysian and ASEAN links;
A brand new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery, that will wgcuwe dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Woodlands Central for the Waterfront;
WoodsVista Gallery, a brand new 1.9km scenic community link connecting Woodlands Central and Woodlands waterfront, is going to be developed. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading from the existing Woodlands Town Garden – a whole new boardwalk, children play area and heritage corner is going to be installed. When completed, it will likely be renamed Marsiling Park;
The present Woodlands Town Garden will be upgraded and expanded to become a new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
An upcoming integrated healthcare complex called the Woodlands Health Campus. This may add a new acute care hospital, community hospital and elderly care facility set to be opened in phases from 2022;
A brand new community hub called the Community Nexus next to Admiralty MRT station. It will house facilities such as a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and stores, and housing for that elderly;
Located next to the Admiralty MRT, the city Nexus will serve as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of the existing 4.2km park connector across the North-South MRT line viaduct in to a Social Corridor where community gardens, pavilions and rest points, amongst other things, will be introduced across the route.
The current park connector that runs across the Medical Equipment Suppliers Dubai from your east to west of Woodlands will be transformed into a ‘Social Corridor’. PHOTO: HDB
HDB’s makeover for the town follows a swathe of changes and new commuting options that are set to become completed there over the next couple of years.
These include three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 as part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line which may also be connected to the future cross-border MRT system linking Woodlands to Johor.
The newest North-South Expressway, a 21.5km road linking Woodlands towards the city, can also be probably be ready in 2026. Recently, the authorities announced a makeover for your Woodlands Checkpoint also.
HDB stated it has engaged 220 residents and community stakeholders in 2015 over seven focus group sessions, in developing these plans for Woodlands. In reaction to queries through the Straits Times, its spokesman said the various agencies will continue to work closely to assess if there is any potential environmental impact from your proposed developments, and where necessary, put in place mitigating measures.