Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee
Technical researches will definitely be carried out to analyze the feasibility of the program, with the studies anticipated to take approximately five years. Simultaneously, residents and stakeholders are going to be involved to offer responses and concepts on the project. Given the range of the project, full preparation and implementation of Long Island “will take years”, Minister Lee states.
In any case, the future projects on Long Island will likely work for present private developments along the East Coast, most of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee concludes. “It may even enhance the possibility for en-bloc down the road.”
The idea of Long Island would “plan coastal projection seawards”, enabling the presenting East Coast Park to be retained largely in its existing state, Minister Lee says. It is going to also develop an enclosed waterbody, which will emerge as a freshwater reservoir in time, putting on Singapore’s water system while also being a place the general public can make use of for water functions.
” It is strongly likely that the allocation for public housing will be more than private real estate on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee claims, adding that the HDB apartments will very likely be released either under the Prime or Plus model.
Lee Sze Teck, top director of data analytics at Huttons Asia, estimates that at 800ha, Long Island would be comparable in size to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and might potentially house between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with an excellent mix of industrial, recreation and green elements.
He continues: “The possibilities of creating a second Sentosa are low as the state wishes to develop a comprehensive society enabling everybody availability to good homes and not just for the rich.” He also watches that the project will prompt further investment right into transport connection, with the possibility for an MRT or LRT expansion to branch out from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.
Around 800ha throughout three regions of land can possibly be redeemed off East Coast Park in near future years, offering location for new homes and facilities. Referred To As “Long Island”, the land would be around twice the measurements of Marina Bay, states Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.
Speaking at a habitat development event at East Coast Park held on Nov 28, Minister Lee notes that the project would certainly produce prospects for years to come ages of Singapore. “They can construct homes, generate work, develop support services and amenities that they require, and add around 20 kilometres of new seaside and reservoir parks, expanding from the existing East Coast Park,” he includes.
The recommended Long Island will certainly incorporate coastal protection solutions with future reclamation arrangements for the area, in view of the continued influence of environmental change which includes increasing sea levels. “Mean sea levels around Singapore are forecasted to climb by up to 1m by the end of this century. When full tides coincide with thunderstorm rises, water level might rise by approximately 4 to 5m over mean sea level. This is a very considerable problem, because around one-third of our island is beneath 5m above mean sea level, and in danger of being inundated by the sea,” Minister Lee details.