More than 2,000 families can opt for living on the water when two residential projects in a new district of Punggol are launched later this month.
The Punggol Point District, occupying the north-eastern tip of the city of Punggol, where the country meets Johor Street, is considered a smart and green city that pays homage to heritage as an agricultural area, the HDB said yesterday.
The projects – the Punggol Point Cove with 1,172 units and Punggol Point Woods with 940 units – are expected to be completed in 2023.
They are located next to the new Punggol Coast MRT station, which will open in the same year. The units belong to some 17,000 build-to-order (BTO) flats that are being launched this year.
One of the main features of Punggol Point is a new heritage path along Old Punggol Road, which was once the main transport route for farmers and fishermen who carried their goods from Punggol to Serangoon.
This will become a pedestrian zone and will be a walking path of 1.5 km with a seamless connection from MyWaterway @ Punggol to the Punggol jetty.
The heritage path has a green buffer area of 10 meters on both sides of the roadway, while maintaining the "rustic atmosphere, the green tunnel effect and the undulating terrain of Old Punggol Road", according to the HDB.
An old bus stop that once served the only two buses in the area has also been preserved.
The HDB also has easy access to restaurants, shops and recreational facilities in the area promised by public transport, walking, cycling and possibly autonomous buses and on-demand shuttles in the future.
In addition, housing projects will be designed to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the coast.
They will be integrated into the existing Punggol promenade via green spaces and parks.
The transformation of the area, once rural farmland and rubber plantations, was cited by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his national day rally speech on 19 August as an example of long-term planning that was growing. He had unveiled the plans for a modern Punggol 11 years ago.
The BTO flats are located in a brand new waterfront district – the fifth of seven planned for the city, the HDB said yesterday in a statement. Punggol Town has a total of 11 districts.
Some 25,700 flats in the first four waterfront neighborhood were offered in 31 BTO projects, with an acceptance rate of almost 100 percent, according to the HDB.
An exhibition about the plans for Punggol Point District will be held in the HDB Hub Sales Atrium of tomorrow. The public can visit the exhibition and tell them what they would like to see along the heritage trail, the HDB said.
ERA Realty Key Executive Officer Eugene Lim said the new flats are unique because they offer a sea view.
"Compared to the artificial waterway, it offers a view of the open sea, and it is not usual that we have this for new HDB flats."
Punggol resident Tracy Peh, 40, welcomed the course, which she said would benefit the current residents and future generations. The manager said customer relations: "The heritage path will help new generations understand the changes."