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Old School compounds to be vacated after merging of schools

Hit by falling student enrolments, 11 schools have merged with others in the last two years and eight of those former school compounds now stand empty. Three others are being used as temporary premises for schools that are undergoing renovation.

Three former schools are being used by others: The former Chestnut Drive Secondary building is now Fajar Secondary until the end of this year; the former First Toa Payoh Secondary building is Pei Chun Public School till the end of next year and the former Clementi Woods Secondary building will be Nan Hua Primary for two years from next year. All three schools were merged with others last year. If MOE has no plans for a site, it will be returned to the state and put to other uses.

  • 11 vacated, 4 to go

  • VACATED IN 2016

    • Bedok Town Secondary
    • Clementi Woods Secondary (Holding site for Nan Hua Primary School, 2018 till end 2019)
    • First Toa Payoh Secondary (Holding site for Pei Chun Public School, till end 2018)
    • Chestnut Drive Secondary (Holding site for Fajar Secondary, till end 2017)

    VACATED IN 2017

    • Balestier Hill Secondary
    • Henderson Secondary
    • Siglap Secondary
    • MacPherson Secondary
    • North View Secondary
    • Pioneer Secondary
    • Si Ling Secondary

    TO BE VACATED IN 2018

    • Bedok North Secondary
    • Bishan Park Secondary
    • Chong Boon Secondary
    • Greenview Secondary

Some sites of former schools have been used for other purposes. For example, the Academy of Singapore Teachers, launched in 2010, is housed in the former St Andrew’s Junior College building in Malan Road. The former CHIJ (Opera Estate) Primary School site in Jalan Khairuddin has been occupied by the Singapore Red Cross since 1991.

There are at least nine other former school sites managed by the Singapore Land Authority that are vacant state properties. They can be rented on a short-term basis for up to 90 days

Views of Thomson-EastCoast Line Part 2

Here are the locations and artist’s impressions of the respective stations along the latest MRT line. (Source: LTA)

Part 2: Marine Parade, Marine Terrace and Siglap

This is also known as District 15 of Singapore housing areas. Being close to Airport, CBD and East Coast Park, it is a value choice for expats and those who loved waterfront stays, as well as close proximity to town. Popular Shopping Haunts include evergreen Parkway Parade, Roxy Square (I and II), i!2 Katong Mall and Marine Parade/Marine Terrace Neighbourhood hub. Popular Condos in the areas include Cote d’Azur, Silversea, The Seaview, D’ecosia, Mandarin Gardens, The Esta, and Parc Seabreeze.

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Upcoming MRT line a boon for REITS, new condo developments and existing residences

A number of property outfits owning sites along the future Thomson-East Coast Line have been touted as likely beneficiaries of the 13km, nine-station MRT line skirting the east shoreline.

They include real estate investment trusts (Reits) and mainboard-listed developers.

“Residential developments in the vicinity will likely see 5 per cent to 10 per cent capital gains, retail malls will benefit from growth in shopper traffic, while office and industrial properties will benefit from improved tenant demand,” UOB KayHian analyst Vikrant Pandey said in a research report this week.

Potential beneficiaries include CapitaLand, Keppel Land, Roxy Pacific, Chip Eng Seng, UOL, Suntec Reit, Keppel Reit, Frasers Centrepoint Trust, Keong Hong Holdings and Ascendas Reit, he said.

Maintaining an “overweight” call on the property sector, Mr Pandey saw the new line as a long-term catalyst.

“We like deep-value and diversified property stocks, preferably those with exposure to the commercial and hotel segments.”

He added: “CapitaCommercial Trust, Suntec Reit, Keppel Land, CDL Hospitality Trusts, CapitaLand and Wing Tai are our preferred picks.”

DBS Group Research, in a report this week on the construction sector, said further rail developments in the Thomson-East Coast Line will add $24 billion worth of construction activity for the period until 2024.

Scheduled to be completed in two phases, the $6.8 billion line will run almost parallel to the East-West Line and the future Downtown Line 3, significantly cutting travel time from the East Coast to the Central Business District, Orchard Road and the northern part of Singapore.

It is also expected to bring the MRT to within walking distance of an estimated 160,000 households there.

Upon the line’s completion by 2024, properties near the new MRT stations – at Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park, Amber, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap, Bayshore, Bedok South and Sungei Bedok – are all expected to see higher rentals, which lead to potential capital appreciation, OrangeTee senior research analyst Wong Xian Yang said yesterday.

New residential developments along the East Coast, including CapitaLand’s Marine Blue condo project in Marine Parade and UOL’s Seventy St Patrick’s, are likely to see renewed interest.

Meanwhile, developers with existing investments in the area could realise significant redevelopment potential in the medium to long term, Mr Pandey said.

These include Roxy Pacific’s Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, and the upcoming Master Contract Services’ and Keong Hong Construction’s hotel development along East Coast Road.

Existing residential developments near the new line, including Water Place, Pebble Bay, The Waterside, Aalto, Cote D’Azur, Laguna Park, Bayshore Park, The Bayshore and Costa Del Sol, could benefit in the medium term, said Mr Pandey.

However, the ongoing property cooling measures may dampen price appreciation in the near term, he added.

Retail Reits including Frasers Centrepoint Trust, which owns Changi City Point; Starhill Global Reit, which partially owns Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City malls; and SPH Reit, which owns Paragon, could benefit from increased shopper traffic as a result of better connectivity.

Improving connectivity to Changi Business Park and housing estates such as Tampines, the Downtown Line will be extended with a new station, Xilin, linking Sungei Bedok along the Thomson-East Coast Line with the Expo station on the Downtown Line, Mr Pandey said.

Greater connectivity to Changi may increase demand for logistics space in Changi South and Changi Business Park, which could benefit Ascendas Reit, Soilbuild Reit, Cache Logistics Trust, Viva Industrial Trust and Mapletree Industrial Trust.

Office developments along the new line, including Marina Bay Financial Centre and OUE Downtown in Shenton Way, may see improved demand, he said.

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Eastern Region Line finally announced — Thomson East Coast Line

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/thomson-east-coast-line/1313898.html

Singapore’s sixth rail line will start at Woodlands before heading towards the East Coast, and will have 31 stations spanning about 43km, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announces. New stations include Marine Parade, Siglap and Tanjong Rhu.

The country’s sixth rail line – the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) – will be fully operational by 2024, the Land Transport Authority announced on Friday (Aug 15).

The previously-announced Eastern Region Line and the Thomson Line will be joined to form the single, continuous line, which will span about 43 kilometres with a total of 31 stations, seven of which will be interchanges.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, speaking at a visit to the soon-to-open Marina South Pier Station on Friday, said that when fully operational in 2024, the TEL will serve about 500,000 commuters daily. This could rise to 1 million passengers daily in the longer term.

FROM THE NORTH TO THE EAST

The line will provide direct connectivity for commuters in the north and the east of Singapore – starting at Woodlands and heading south through the Central Business District, then turning east at Gardens by the Bay station and travelling along a East Coast stretch that will be fully underground.

One of the nine stations on this stretch will serve as an interchange with Downtown Line 3 Extension (DTL3e) – a 2.2km line consisting of two stations, meant to improve accessibility to the Changi Business Park and Expo areas.

The East Coast stretch will also cover areas not currently served by the rail network such as Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South. Seven of the stations, from Tanjong Rhu to Bayshore, will be ready by 2023, while remainder of the line, as well as the DTL3e, will be completed the year after.

Also scheduled for completion in 2024 is a new 36-hectare depot, touted by the LTA as “the world’s first four-in-one train and bus depot”. The new structure will be able to house a total of 220 trains for the TEL, DTL and East West Line, as well as 550 buses.

To build the line, the Government will need to require six land properties along Amber Road and one three-storey apartment along Tanjong Katong Road, as well as nine partial lots elsewhere. The Singapore Land Authority on Friday gazetted the properties affected by acquisition, and said it would work closely with landowners throughout the process.

CONVENIENCE A CONSIDERATION

The LTA said that with the TEL, someone going from the East Coast to Orchard MRT station will have his travel time cut by half an hour, from 75 minutes to 45 minutes. A Republic Polytechnic student will be able to travel to Marine Parade in an hour, 20 minutes faster than the current bus ride would take.

Also, stations along the TEL will see longer underpasses of up to 400m long, as part of efforts to improve “first and last mile connectivity”, particularly for the elderly and children, the LTA said. Four of the stations along the East Coast stretch will also see Singapore’s first underground bicycle parks.

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