Woodlands could get almost 10,000 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 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 close to the Woods Square and then there will be commercial facilities as well. The authorities have yet to decide if these will 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 take advantage of good views of Admiralty Park and the Straits of Johor.
The complete makeover for Woodlands – the Republic’s northern regional centre – will likely be implemented within the next five to a decade. A spending budget has yet to be finalised. The ROH programme aims to beautify heartlands for Singaporeans. Woodlands, part of HDB’s third batch which also includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris, is defined to endure probably the most massive changes.
Retiree Lawrence Lee (far left) tending to plants in the community herb garden in Bukit Batok – the initial such garden in a neighbourhood centre. The centre, which reopened last October, also boasts a revamped fitness corner and the first community pa
HDB said that Woodlands will 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 around 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 placed to accommodate a company park – the initial such cluster within the northern region – with land put aside for small and medium enterprises. The facelift for your Waterfront also means new trails and a nature promenade for residents.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority had said previously that the Woodlands Regional Centre has got the possibility to eventually provide approximately 100,000 jobs when its transformation is done. Regional centres are second-tier commercial zones. The other two are Jurong Lake District and also the Tampines Regional Centre. Seletar is slated to get the fourth such centre.
The six “star attractions” are:
Woodlands Regional Centre set to be a new hub for businesses, in particular those with Malaysian and ASEAN links;
A brand new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery, that will 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 from 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 turn into a new ‘Discovery Playground’. PHOTO: HDB
A future integrated healthcare complex called the Woodlands Health Campus. This may add a new acute care hospital, community hospital and nursing home set to be opened in phases from 2022;
A new community hub called the Community Nexus next to Admiralty MRT station. It can house facilities for instance a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a hawker centre, dining and retail outlets, and housing for your elderly;
Located near the Admiralty MRT, the city Nexus will serve as a one-stop hub of facilities for all ages. PHOTO: HDB
Upgrading of an existing 4.2km park connector over the North-South MRT line viaduct in to a Social Corridor where community gardens, pavilions and rest points, amongst other things, will be introduced across the route.
The present park connector that runs over the Medical Equipment Suppliers Dubai from your east to west of Woodlands will likely 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 be completed there within the next few years.
These include three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 within the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line which will also be attached to the future cross-border MRT system linking Woodlands to Johor.
The newest North-South Expressway, a 21.5km road linking Woodlands towards the city, can also be apt to be ready in 2026. Last month, the authorities announced a makeover for that 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. Responding to queries through the Straits Times, its spokesman said the different agencies will continue to work closely to gauge if there is any potential environmental impact from your proposed developments, and where necessary, put in place mitigating measures.