High living and 1,500 new homes around Holland V

URBAN PLAZA: The URA has unveiled plans to expand and develop Holland Village, with features such as a community park and more pedestrianised streets for al fresco dining.


    Nov 20, 2013

    High living and 1,500 new homes around Holland V

    ALREADY a hip haunt with an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and watering holes, Holland Village will be further developed with a 6ha extension over the next two years.

    It will comprise two land parcels meant for housing which are 1.3ha and 1ha in size, and a 2.3ha site designated for mixed-use development.

    This mixed-use site will have private housing. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has not yet decided whether the first two parcels will have private or public housing.

    In addition, an existing park will be expanded and developed into a 1.4ha community park.

    To be seamlessly integrated with the existing area, the Holland Village extension is expected to add around 1,500 homes.

    The plans are to be unveiled to the public today, as part of the URA's Draft Master Plan for this year.

    The extension will be built on land acquired earlier under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers). The vacant Housing Board blocks are expected to be demolished by the first half of next year.

    Other places that will be redeveloped or knocked down to make way for the extension include the Buona Vista Swimming Complex, an open-air carpark and the Kampong Holland Mosque.

    Holland Village was one of the first places in Singapore to have a street - Lorong Mambong - closed off to traffic. It will have more of such pedestrianised streets in the extension, and will feature al fresco dining and shops.

    A new underground carpark and access road will ensure ample parking space and will channel vehicles away from the centre of Holland Village, the URA said.

    The URA wants to avoid overwhelming the low-rise buildings which form the core of the precinct. Hence, the new buildings are planned to rise progressively from low- to medium-rise as they extend away from Holland Village.

    High-rise residential buildings will be set even further back.

    Those living in the nearby HDB estate in Holland Drive will find it easier to walk to Holland Village and its Circle Line MRT station, due to improved pedestrian links.

    Besides the community park, an urban plaza will be developed to provide a new public space for activities and for residents to gather and interact.

    The first land parcel to be released for tender will be the 2.3ha mixed-use development, which will incorporate the underground basement carpark. The URA did not give details on when exactly it will be released.