Woodlands could easily get almost 10,000 new dwelling units as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, that is set to change the whole estate. The new residential projects, to get 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 likely be located near the Woods Square and there will be commercial facilities also. The authorities have yet to decide if these will likely be public or private units. Meanwhile, the Woodlands North Coast public housing development will offer residents a “housing-in-the-woods” experience by leveraging on the area’s natural hilly terrain so residents can also enjoy good views of Admiralty Park and also the Straits of Johor.
The entire makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – will likely be implemented in the next five to a decade. A financial budget has yet to be finalised. The ROH programme aims to spruce up heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, element of HDB’s third batch that also includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is defined to endure the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants in the community herb garden in Bukit Batok – the very first such garden in a neighbourhood centre. The centre, which reopened last October, also boasts a revamped fitness corner as well as the first community pa
HDB said that Woodlands is going to be transformed into the “Star Destination in the North” and listed six “star attractions” to get presented throughout the 1,198 ha neighbourhood. The initial involves expanding the Woodlands Regional Centre. This comprises two parcels of land – retail hub Woodlands Central, a 30ha area surrounding Woodlands MRT and Causeway Point with a brand new town plaza; and Woodlands North Coast, a 70ha area between Republic Polytechnic and Woodlands Waterfront.
The second parcel (Woodlands North Coast) is placed to accommodate a business park – the very first such cluster inside the northern region – with land reserve for small and medium enterprises. The facelift for that Waterfront means new trails along with a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously that the Woodlands Regional Centre has the possible ways to eventually provide approximately 100,000 jobs when its transformation is done. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. One other two are Jurong Lake District and also the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to be 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 whole new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery, that will wgcuwe dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Woodlands Central to the Waterfront;
WoodsVista Gallery, a whole new 1.9km scenic community link connecting Woodlands Central and Woodlands waterfront, will be developed. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading in the existing Woodlands Town Garden – a brand new boardwalk, children play area and heritage corner will be installed. When completed, it will be renamed Marsiling Park;
The present Woodlands Town Garden is going to be upgraded and expanded to become new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
A forthcoming integrated healthcare complex called the Woodlands Health Campus. This may add a new acute care hospital, community hospital and an elderly care facility set to get opened in phases from 2022;
A new community hub called the Community Nexus alongside Admiralty MRT station. It can house facilities for instance a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and stores, and housing for the elderly;
Located near the Admiralty MRT, the city Nexus will serve as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of an 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, is going to be introduced across the route.
The present park connector that runs along the Medical Equipment Suppliers Dubai from the east to west of Woodlands will likely be transformed into a ‘Social Corridor’. PHOTO: HDB
HDB’s makeover for that town follows a swathe of changes and new commuting options which are set to be completed there within the next several years.
Such as three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 within the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line which may also be linked 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 apt to be ready in 2026. Last month, the authorities announced a makeover for the Woodlands Checkpoint also.
HDB said it has engaged 220 residents and community stakeholders in 2015 over seven focus group sessions, in developing these plans for Woodlands. In response to queries from The Straits Times, its spokesman said the different agencies will work closely to evaluate if there is any potential environmental impact from the proposed developments, and where necessary, put in place mitigating measures.