Woodlands might get almost ten thousand new dwelling units as part of HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, that is set to change the entire 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 be located nearby the Woods Square and then 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 provide 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 and the Straits of Johor.
The entire makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – is going to be implemented in the next five to a decade. A financial budget has yet to become finalised. The ROH programme aims to spruce up heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, a part of HDB’s third batch that also includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is placed to have the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants in the community 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 be turned into the “Star Destination from the North” and listed six “star attractions” to become rolled out over 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 around 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 next parcel (Woodlands North Coast) is placed to house an organization park – the very first such cluster in the northern region – with land put aside for small, and medium enterprises. The facelift for the Waterfront also means new trails and a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously the Woodlands Regional Centre has got the possibility to eventually provide up to 100,000 jobs when its transformation is completed. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. Another two are Jurong Lake District as well as the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to become your 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, which will wgcuwe dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Woodlands Central for the Waterfront;
WoodsVista Gallery, a new 1.9km scenic community link connecting Woodlands Central and Woodlands waterfront, is going to be developed. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading from the existing Woodlands Town Garden – a brand new boardwalk, children play area and heritage corner is going to be installed. When completed, it will probably be renamed Marsiling Park;
The existing Woodlands Town Garden will be upgraded and expanded to become a new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
An upcoming integrated healthcare complex referred to as Woodlands Health Campus. This can incorporate a new acute care hospital, community hospital and nursing home set to become opened in phases from 2022;
A brand new community hub known as the Community Nexus next to Admiralty MRT station. It will house facilities for instance a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and retail stores, and housing for the elderly;
Located next to the Admiralty MRT, the city Nexus will function as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of the existing 4.2km park connector over the North-South MRT line viaduct into 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 is going to be transformed into a ‘Social Corridor’. PHOTO: HDB
HDB’s makeover for the town follows a swathe of changes and new commuting options which are set to be 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 may 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 to the city, is also probably be ready in 2026. Recently, the authorities announced a makeover for your 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 reaction to queries from your Straits Times, its spokesman said the many agencies will continue to work closely to assess if there is any potential environmental impact from your proposed developments, and where necessary, set up mitigating measures.