On local press recently, there is a group of architects, led by Mr Jonathan Poh, seeking to save parts of Dakota Crescent. Dakota Crescent is one of the oldest public housing estate in the island. The group is submitting a paper to MND to provide various options to save the entire area, as well as conserving parts of the iconic structures in the estate.
Based on the government’s rejuvenation plans for old housing estates, the 17 rental blocks in Dakota Crescent is primed for demolition. The residents have to vacate the area by end of 2016, to either nearby Cassia Crescent or elsewhere if they decide to buy a new flat. The site is reserved for future residential development.
The conservation plan include 8 “butterfly blocks” — curved buildings with 2 perpendicular wings at the back; blocks 10 and 20, which are similar to the already demolished blocks in St Michael’s estate in Whampoa and the Princess and Duchess estates in Queenstown. The flats were built SIT in 1958.
Mountbatten, Singapore is an estate within Kallang near to Marine Parade. Its total area size is 161 hectares. It is essentially a residential estate of posh bungalows and landed houses, Apartments and condos. There is a small HDB estate along Jalan Batu area. The estate is named after Lord Louis Mountbatten. Mountbatten MRT station is a station on the Circle Line.
The Mountbatten Road, however, stretches all the way from Kallang to the Katong area. There are several notable landmarks along Mountbatten Road, including the Katong CC (formally Mountbatten CC), Goodman Arts Centre (former Lasalle school), Sin Hoe Hotel and Katong Shopping Centre (at the end of Mountbatten Road).
Accessibility options to Katong is abundant with choices. Buses are plentiful to Town, Orchard and Airport. The new MRT line is in the works. Existing stations of Paya Lebar, Eunos, Dakota, Mountbatten and Stadium serves the residents and visitors alike with great ease.
1. Dakota MRT Station (Circle Line)
2. Paya Lebar MRT Station (Circle Line and East-West Line)
3. Mountbatten MRT Station (Circle Line)
4. Eunos MRT Station (East-West Line)
5. Stadium MRT Station