Woodlands might get almost ten thousand new dwelling units as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, which is set to transform the whole 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 is going to be located near the Woods Square and there will be commercial facilities too. The authorities have yet to determine if these will 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 enjoy good views of Admiralty Park as well as the Straits of Johor.
The whole makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – will be implemented in the next five to 10 years. A financial budget has yet to get finalised. The ROH programme aims to spruce up heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, a part of HDB’s third batch which includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is placed to have by far the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants locally herb garden in Bukit Batok – the very first such garden in a neighbourhood centre. The centre, which reopened last October, also has a revamped fitness corner and also the first community pa
HDB claimed that Woodlands is going to be transformed into the “Star Destination of the North” and listed six “star attractions” to get rolled out throughout 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 surrounding 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 defined to house an organization park – the very first such cluster in the northern region – with land set aside for small and medium enterprises. The facelift for the Waterfront means new trails and a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously the Woodlands Regional Centre has the potential to eventually provide approximately 100,000 jobs when its transformation is completed. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. Another two are Jurong Lake District and the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to become the 4th such centre.
The six “star attractions” are:
Woodlands Regional Centre set as a new hub for businesses, particularly those with Malaysian and ASEAN links;
A whole new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery, which will wgcuwe dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Woodlands Central for the Waterfront;
WoodsVista Gallery, a whole new 1.9km scenic community link connecting Woodlands Central and Woodlands waterfront, is going to be developed. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of the existing Woodlands Town Garden – a new boardwalk, children play area and heritage corner will be installed. When completed, it will likely be renamed Marsiling Park;
The present Woodlands Town Garden will be upgraded and expanded to become new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
A future integrated healthcare complex known as the Woodlands Health Campus. This will add a new acute care hospital, community hospital and elderly care facility set to become opened in phases from 2022;
A new community hub called the Community Nexus alongside Admiralty MRT station. It can house facilities such as a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and stores, and housing for your elderly;
Located near the Admiralty MRT, the Community Nexus will work 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 into a Social Corridor where community gardens, pavilions and rest points, among other things, will be introduced over the route.
The current park connector that runs along the Medical Equipment Suppliers Dubai through the east to west of Woodlands is going to be turned into a ‘Social Corridor’. PHOTO: HDB
HDB’s makeover for that town follows a swathe of changes and new commuting options which can be set to get completed there on the next few years.
Such as three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 as part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line which will also be connected to the future cross-border MRT system linking Woodlands to Johor.
The brand new North-South Expressway, a 21.5km road linking Woodlands towards the city, is additionally probably be ready in 2026. Recently, the authorities announced a makeover for your Woodlands Checkpoint as well.
HDB said it has engaged 220 residents and community stakeholders in 2015 over seven focus group sessions, in developing these plans for Woodlands. Responding to queries from The Straits Times, its spokesman said the different agencies will continue to work closely to evaluate when there is any potential environmental impact through the proposed developments, and where necessary, set up mitigating measures.