Marina South: Green and high-end
WHAT looks to be a new high-end residential district is set to spring up in Marina South, now occupied by little more than construction sites.
The 21.5ha area - bound by Marina Gardens Drive, Marina Boulevard and the upcoming Marina Coastal Expressway - has been targeted to be developed into a mixed-use residential area with around 9,000 private homes.
The plan, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in its Draft Master Plan 2013 to be unveiled today, is for the development to be "green, walkable and cyclist-friendly".
To this end, an 800m-long pedestrianised street with an underground mall will stretch between the upcoming Gardens by the Bay MRT and Marina South MRT stations, both of which sit on the Thomson Line.
Development may begin in 2018 at the earliest, when the new train line is nearer to completion, said URA.
An underground maze of carparks will allow motorists to drive seamlessly from one building to another, minimising vehicular traffic on the ground level, and an elevated walkway will let people walk or jog from Gardens by the Bay to the seafront.
A host of amenities in this "urban village", as URA calls it, will feature shops, offices, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, all within short walking or cycling distance of each other.
Residents will also have direct access to these amenities as their homes will not be fenced off from the streets.
However, residents will still be able to retain their privacy, through private areas built on the upper levels of apartments.
Developers will also be encouraged to build community facilities, such as playgrounds, childcare centres and libraries, in their developments.
The district will also be a green one, with buildings incorporating eco-friendly features - such as rainwater collection - and wind will be harnessed as a natural way to cool the estate, said the URA.
The 2030 relocation of Paya Lebar AirBase to a Changi site will also free up the height restriction in the area, leaving developments to grow unencumbered.