Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee

Around 800ha across three regions of land might possibly be recovered off East Coast Park in near future decades, presenting area for new homes and services. Called “Long Island”, the land would certainly be around twice the measurements of Marina Bay, states Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.

Speaking at a residency enhancement event at East Coast Park hung on Nov 28, Minister Lee mentions that the assignment would produce possibilities for future ages of Singapore. “They can construct homes, create employments, build services and facilities that they need, and add around 20 kilometres of new coastal and reservoir parks, stretching from the present East Coast Park,” he adds in.

Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor of information analytics at Huttons Asia, determines that at 800ha, Long Island would be quite similar in dimension to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and could possibly house between 30,000 and 60,000 new homes with an excellent mix of business, leisure and eco-friendly aspects.

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Technical researches will definitely be accomplished to evaluate the usefulness of the program, with the research studies expected to take around five years. At the same time, residents and stakeholders will most likely be engaged to give feedback and ideas on the plan. Given the range of the project, full planning and execution of Long Island “is going to take decades”, Minister Lee claims.

” It is strongly likely that the allocation for common housing will certainly be greater than nonpublic real estate on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee claims, adding that the HDB flats will very likely be launched either under the Prime or Plus model.

Regardless, the future projects on Long Island will likely benefit existing exclusive properties along the East Coast, most of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee reasons. “It may also boost the potential for en-bloc down the road.”

The proposed Long Island will certainly integrate seaside protection procedures with future reclamation plans for the location, in view of the long-term impact of climate difference which includes increasing sea levels. “Mean sea levels surrounding Singapore are projected to climb by up to 1m by the end of this century. When high water accompany thunderstorm surges, sea levels might rise by as much as 4 to 5m above mean sea level. This is a very significant issue, since approximately one-third of our island is below 5m over mean sea level, and susceptible of being inundated by the sea,” Minister Lee discusses.

He proceeds: “The opportunities of producing a 2nd Sentosa are poor as the state wants to produce an inclusive community allowing every person connectivity to great homes and not just for the rich.” He additionally views that the project will motivate further investment right into transport connection, with the potential for an MRT or LRT expansion to expand from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.

The principle of Long Island would certainly “plan coastal projection seawards”, enabling the existing East Coast Park to be preserved mostly in its current state, Minister Lee claims. It is going to likewise create an enclosed waterbody, which will become a freshwater basin with time, adding to Singapore’s water system while also being an area the public can utilize for water functions.


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