Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee
Lee Sze Teck, top supervisor of data analytics at Huttons Asia, estimates that at 800ha, Long Island would be similar in dimension to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and could potentially house in between 30,000 and 60,000 new homes with a great mix of industrial, leisure and environment-friendly components.
Technical studies will definitely be performed to examine the usefulness of the program, with the researches expected to take about five years. Simultaneously, residents and stakeholders are going to be involved to offer responses and concepts on the project. Provided the range of the property development, complete planning and implementation of Long Island “is going to take decades”, Minister Lee states.
He proceeds: “The opportunities of creating a second Sentosa are poor as the government wishes to create an inclusive society allowing every person connectivity to good residences and not just for the rich.” He also sees that the program will certainly trigger further investment into transport connection, with the possibility for an MRT or LRT expansion to expand from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.
” It is strongly likely that the allocation for public housing will be more than private housing on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee says, adding that the HDB apartments will likely be launched either under the Prime or Plus model.
Speaking at a habitat improvement event at East Coast Park hung on Nov 28, Minister Lee notes that the assignment would produce opportunities for years to come ages of Singapore. “They can construct homes, produce employments, build services and amenities that they require, and add around 20 kilometres of new coastal and reservoir parks, extending from the existing East Coast Park,” he includes.
Around 800ha across three tracts of land could possibly be reclaimed off East Coast Park in near future years, giving area for brand-new homes and facilities. Referred To As “Long Island”, the land would certainly be about two times the measurements of Marina Bay, claims Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.
The recommended Long Island will incorporate coastal safety procedures with future reclamation programs for the area, in view of the long-term effect of environment difference that includes increasing water level. “Mean sea levels around Singapore are forecasted to climb by as much as 1m by the end of this century. When full tides coincide with thunderstorm surges, water level might climb by as much as 4 to 5m above mean sea level. This is an extremely significant problem, since around one-third of our island is beneath 5m above mean sea level, and in danger of being inundated by the sea,” Minister Lee explains.
The principle of Long Island would “plan coastal projection seawards”, enabling the existing East Coast Park to be maintained mainly in its present state, Minister Lee claims. It is going to in addition produce a covered waterbody, which will emerge as a freshwater reservoir gradually, contributing to Singapore’s water system while even being a space the public can use for water activities.
In any case, the future property developments on Long Island will likely help existing exclusive projects along the East Coast, the majority of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee completes. “It may also enhance the possibility for en-bloc in the future.”