Hougang's one-stop facility
IN A couple of years, Hougang residents will be able to watch a play, see a doctor and tuck in at a hawker centre, all within the same community club.
The one-stop facility is believed to be the first in Singapore and will be completed by early 2015, according to Ang Mo Kio GRC Member of Parliament Yeo Guat Kwang.
Asked whether the project would serve as a model for future community clubs, he replied that this had not been decided yet.
He added: "But if we make it a success then, definitely, we may see more."
The Government said in April that the Tampines Town Hub - to be ready in 2015 - will have a football field, a swimming pool, a library and a performing-arts centre.
But Hougang is believed to be the first neighbourhood to house town facilities and a hawker centre within a community club.
Mr Yeo said that putting the amenities under one roof would allow the club to become a "natural focus point" for the community.
"It also makes it easier for residents to get all of the things they need (from) one area," he added.
He said the plan came about after several government agencies realised they were all looking for sites in Hougang for their projects.
The National Environment Agency wanted to build a new hawker centre there as part of the Government's pledge to build 10 by 2017, he said.
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