Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee

Around 800ha across three regions of land can possibly be recovered off East Coast Park in future years, offering area for brand-new homes and amenities. Dubbed “Long Island”, the land would be around twice the size of Marina Bay, states Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.

Lee Sze Teck, senior supervisor of information analytics at Huttons Asia, assesses that at 800ha, Long Island would be comparable in dimension to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and can potentially place in between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with an excellent mix of business, leisure and green components.

In any case, the future developments on Long Island will likely benefit present private projects along the East Coast, most of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee reasons. “It may even enhance the capacity for en-bloc down the road.”

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” It is strongly likely that the allotment for public housing will certainly be more than private housing on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee says, adding that the HDB flats will very likely be launched either under the Prime or Plus model.

Speaking at a residency improvement activity at East Coast Park hung on Nov 28, Minister Lee notes that the assignment would create prospects for future ages of Singapore. “They could construct homes, generate work, develop services and amenities that they need, and include around 20 km of new coastal and reservoir parks, stretching from the current East Coast Park,” he includes.

The idea of Long Island would certainly “plan coastal projection seawards”, permitting the presenting East Coast Park to be maintained largely in its present state, Minister Lee says. It is going to also create an enclosed waterbody, which will emerge as a freshwater reservoir over time, adding to Singapore’s supply of water while furthermore being an area the public can make use of for water activities.

He continues: “The chances of creating a 2nd Sentosa are poor as the government wants to create an inclusive community permitting every person connectivity to great residences and not just for the wealthy.” He also sees that the plan will prompt further investment into transport connection, with the possibility for an MRT or LRT expansion to branch off from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.

Technical studies will be carried out to assess the feasibility of the project, with the studies anticipated to take about 5 years. Simultaneously, residents and stakeholders are going to be involved to give comments and concepts on the plan. Given the range of the project, complete preparation and execution of Long Island “will take several years”, Minister Lee states.

The suggested Long Island will certainly incorporate seaside security procedures with future reclamation arrangements for the place, in view of the long-term influence of climate difference which includes rising sea levels. “Mean sea levels across Singapore are predicted to rise by as much as 1m by the end of this century. When high water accompany storm rises, water level could climb by up to 4 to 5m over mean sea level. This is an extremely serious problem, due to the fact that approximately one-third of our island is below 5m above mean sea level, and at risk of being inundated by the sea,” Minister Lee explains.

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