Woodlands could easily get almost ten thousand new dwelling units as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, which can be 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 nearby the Woods Square and there will be commercial facilities as well. The authorities have yet to decide 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 also enjoy good views of Admiralty Park as well as the Straits of Johor.
The whole makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – is going to be implemented inside the next five to ten years. A spending budget has yet to get finalised. The ROH programme aims to spruce up heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, element of HDB’s third batch which includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is placed to undergo the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants locally herb garden in Bukit Batok – the first such garden in a neighbourhood centre. The centre, which reopened last October, also boasts a revamped fitness corner and the first community pa
HDB claimed that Woodlands will likely be turned into the “Star Destination from the North” and listed six “star attractions” to be presented across 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 new town plaza; and Woodlands North Coast, a 70ha area between Republic Polytechnic and Woodlands Waterfront.
The second parcel (Woodlands North Coast) is set to accommodate an organization park – the initial such cluster in the northern region – with land put aside for small, and medium enterprises. The facelift for that Waterfront also means new trails and a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously that this Woodlands Regional Centre provides the possible ways to eventually provide as much as 100,000 jobs when its transformation is completed. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. The other two are Jurong Lake District and the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to be the 4th such centre.
The six “star attractions” are:
Woodlands Regional Centre set to be a new hub for businesses, especially those with Malaysian and ASEAN links;
A brand new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery, that can wgcuwe dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Woodlands Central towards 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 whole new boardwalk, children play area and heritage corner will likely be installed. When completed, it will probably be renamed Marsiling Park;
The present Woodlands Town Garden will be upgraded and expanded to become new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
A forthcoming integrated healthcare complex called the Woodlands Health Campus. This will include a new acute care hospital, community hospital and elderly care facility set to get opened in phases from 2022;
A brand new community hub called the Community Nexus alongside Admiralty MRT station. It will house facilities for instance a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and retail outlets, and housing for your elderly;
Located next to the Admiralty MRT, the neighborhood Nexus will function as a one-stop hub of facilities for everyone. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of the 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 likely be introduced over the route.
The current park connector that runs across 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 your town follows a swathe of changes and new commuting options which can be set to become completed there on the next few years.
Included in this are three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 within the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line which can also be connected to the future cross-border MRT system linking Woodlands to Johor.
The new North-South Expressway, a 21.5km road linking Woodlands for the city, is additionally apt to be ready in 2026. Recently, the authorities announced a makeover for the 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 from your Straits Times, its spokesman said the many agencies will continue to work closely to gauge when there is any potential environmental impact from the proposed developments, and where necessary, set up mitigating measures.