Yishun is sometimes known for…less than pleasant things.
It’s also known for having hidden gems like a shopping mall that could’ve been renamed the “Bubble Tea city” and a swimming pool playground.
However, in the not-so-distant future, it could be known for being a futuristic hub.
Chong Pang City
According to The Straits Times, Yishun residents can look forward to a huge upgrade at Chong Pang City.
Namely, an integrated development that will have swimming pools, a gym and fitness studios, as well as an upgraded hawker centre and community club.
Temporarily named Chill @ Chong Pang, the construction aims to be completed around 2027.
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So not THAT soon, but less than 10 years at least.
It’ll be built where Chong Pang community club is located at right now.
And by mass, we mean like an entire food centre.
According to a joint media release on 8 September, Hawkers and stallholders from Chong Pang Market and Food Centre would move to the new area.
This means that a whopping 179 stalls would be moved into Chill @ Chong Pang.
The hawkers would even get new replacement stalls, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam mentioned.
Those receiving subsidies on the rental will still receive them at the upgraded hawker centre.
Those paying the standard market rate will continue as per normal.
And the old vacated spot? It’ll be rebuilt by 2028 into a new community plaza.
Seems like a good deal.
Construction for the new integrated development is expected to commence in the second half of 2022.
But until then, these hawkers can still carry on their businesses as per normal.
Mr Shanmugam feels that the renovation would be a more efficient use of the land and it would also help to upgrade the old community club, which was been around since 1988.
Not Totally Perfect
However, there will be people severely affected by the construction.
Namely, shop owners and tenants at Block 102 will be affected as the SLA needs the block for development,
Currently, it comprises 17 shops that had been sold to store holders on the first floor, and 51 shops rented out by the HDB.
Thankfully, the block has no residential units so no one’s homes will get affected.
The SLA also aims to work with affected store owners through the acquisition process.
The owners of the 17 shops on the first floor will be paid market value for the acquired property as at the date of the acquisition.
They’ll also be compensated for things like relocation fees along with the stamp and legal fees for the replacement property, if applicable.
A professional private valuer will also be appointed to help determine the market value of the acquired shop.
COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon, but at least this is something to look forward to.
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