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

Lee Sze Teck, top supervisor of data analytics at Huttons Asia, assesses that at 800ha, Long Island would be comparable in dimension to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and could possibly house in between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with an excellent mix of business, recreation and green aspects.

Regardless, the future developments on Long Island will likely work for existing private projects along the East Coast, the majority of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee concludes. “It might even raise the potential for en-bloc down the road.”

He continues: “The chances of producing a 2nd Sentosa are poor as the state wants to develop a comprehensive society enabling everyone connectivity to excellent homes and not just for the rich.” He even views that the project will prompt further investment into transport connectivity, with the possibility for an MRT or LRT extension to branch out from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.

The proposed Long Island will integrate seaside safety measures with future reclamation arrangements for the location, in view of the long-term effect of environment change that includes rising sea levels. “Mean sea levels across Singapore are projected to rise by approximately 1m by the end of this century. When high water accompany storm rises, sea levels might rise by as much as 4 to 5m above mean sea level. This is a very serious issue, because approximately one-third of our island is below 5m over mean sea level, and susceptible of being swamped by the sea,” Minister Lee describes.

Technical research studies will definitely be accomplished to analyze the usefulness of the project, with the researches expected to take around five years. Simultaneously, residents and stakeholders are going to be engaged to offer feedback and strategies on the plan. Provided the scale of the project, complete preparation and implementation of Long Island “will take several years”, Minister Lee states.

Speaking at a residency enhancement event at East Coast Park held on Nov 28, Minister Lee notes that the property would certainly develop prospects for future generations of Singapore. “They might build homes, create work, build services and facilities that they need, and add around 20 kilometres of new seaside and reservoir parks, extending from the existing East Coast Park,” he adds in.

Close to 800ha across three regions of land might possibly be redeemed off East Coast Park in near future decades, giving area for new homes and amenities. Dubbed “Long Island”, the land would be around two times the size of Marina Bay, claims Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.

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

The principle of Long Island would “plan coastal projection seawards”, enabling the existing East Coast Park to be kept largely in its existing state, Minister Lee claims. It will in addition develop a covered waterbody, which will turn into a freshwater basin with time, adding to Singapore’s supply of water while even being a space the general public can use for water activities.

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