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Singapore Plans to Move Facilities Underground to Free Space for Housing

The garden city of Singapore wants to be even more green. It also wants more homes in its central business district, and plans to move facilities underground to free up living space.

As part of the plan to rejuvenate Singapore’s central area, a variety of homes and amenities in areas such as downtown, Marina South and Rochor will be planned so more people can live near workplaces, the city-state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority unveiled in a draft master plan Wednesday. There will also be about 1,000 hectares more parks and park connectors, and it’s hoped that in future, more than 90 percent of households will be within walking distance of a park.

“Our CBD is largely mono-use today, meaning to say it is dominated largely by office developments,” Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development said in a speech Wednesday. “It is busy during the weekdays, but in the night-time and weekends, we do not really see a lot of activity,” he said, adding that it should be “a vibrant place to live and play.”

The plan foresees that more utilities, transport, storage and industrial facilities will be moved underground to better free up surface land for people-centric uses, and the government plans to tap 3D technology to help in the upfront planning of such space.

There are also new housing concepts that include creating more “one-stop hubs” to make it easier for residents to shop, dine and engage in family bonding activities under one roof. Improved transport connectivity at major hubs in Singapore’s north, west and east is an additional feature.

“Over the past decades, Singapore has transformed from mudflats to metropolis,” Wong said. “Now, we are planning ahead for our next phase of transformation.”

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5 April 2019
As part of the plan to rejuvenate Singapore’s central area, a variety of homes and amenities in areas such as downtown, Marina South and Rochor will be planned so more people can live near workplaces, the city-state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority unveiled in a draft master plan Wednesday. There will also be about 1,000 hectares more parks and park connectors, and it’s hoped that in future, more than 90 percent of households will be within walking distance of a park.

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28 March 2019
The Draft Master Plan launched in Match 2019 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) featured plans to introduce homes to new areas, underground maps as well as schemes to revitalize ageing buildings. Here are some other highlights from the plan, which may be gazetted later this year. ONE-STOP NEIGHBORHOOD HUBS Future residential precincts will be laid out in such a way that there is easy access to a wide range of public spaces and amenities. Integrated hubs such as Bukit Canberra in Sembawang and Punggol Town Hub will make it easier for residents to shop, dine and engage in family activities under one roof. GREATER SOUTHERN WATERFRONT The Pasir Panjang Power District, which will be connected to the rest of the Greater Southern Waterfront stretching from Pasir Panjang to Marina East, will become a lifestyle and heritage destination. Government agencies are exploring strategies to realize this, such as the "adaptive reuse" of the former power station buildings and opening up the grounds for public access. URA and the Singapore Land Authority will be launching a competition next month for the public to contribute ideas on how the precinct can be transformed.

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