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

Technical researches will be carried out to examine the usefulness of the program, with the research studies expected to take around 5 years. Simultaneously, residents and stakeholders will most likely be connected to supply responses and concepts on the project. Given the scale of the property development, complete planning and execution of Long Island “will take decades”, Minister Lee states.

The concept of Long Island would “project coastal projection seawards”, permitting the occurring East Coast Park to be kept largely in its existing state, Minister Lee claims. It will in addition develop a covered waterbody, which will become a freshwater basin in time, putting on Singapore’s water supply while also being a space the public can use for water activities.

Speaking at a residency improvement event at East Coast Park held on Nov 28, Minister Lee notes that the property would certainly produce possibilities for future ages of Singapore. “They can develop homes, create employments, build services and amenities that they need, and add around 20 kilometres of brand new coastal and reservoir parks, expanding from the present East Coast Park,” he includes.

The suggested Long Island will incorporate seaside security steps with future reclamation arrangements for the area, in view of the long-term influence of environmental change that includes increasing water level. “Mean sea levels across Singapore are projected to rise by as much as 1m by the end of this century. When high tides coincide with storm surges, sea levels could climb by approximately 4 to 5m above mean sea level. This is a really serious problem, since around one-third of our island is below 5m over mean sea level, and at risk of being swamped by the sea,” Minister Lee explains.

Regardless, the future developments on Long Island will likely work for present nonpublic developments along the East Coast, most of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee concludes. “It may also boost the potential for en-bloc in the future.”

Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor of information analytics at Huttons Asia, assesses that at 800ha, Long Island would be quite similar in size to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and can potentially place in between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with an excellent mix of business, leisure and environment-friendly aspects.

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He continues: “The opportunities of creating a 2nd Sentosa are poor as the government intends to create an inclusive society allowing every person connectivity to excellent homes and not just for the wealthy.” He also checks out that the project will prompt further investment right into transportation connectivity, with the potential for an MRT or LRT extension to spread from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.

Close to 800ha throughout three tracts of land could potentially be reclaimed off East Coast Park in future years, giving space for new homes and services. Called “Long Island”, the land would certainly be approximately twice the measurements of Marina Bay, claims Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.

” It is strongly likely that the allocation for public housing will certainly be greater than private real estate on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee states, adding that the HDB apartments will likely be introduced either under the Prime or Plus model.


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