URA launches tender for commercial and residential site at Jalan Anak Bukit

SINGAPORE – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (June 30) launched the tender of a land parcel at Jalan Anak Bukit for a landmark residential and commercial development to help revive the Beauty World area.

The 3.2 hectare site in Upper Bukit Timah can yield 865 private housing units and can be developed to a maximum gross floor area of 96,551 square metres.

It is last of three confirmed list sites under the government land sales (GLS) programme for the first half of this year. The Government last week announced a reduced supply of private homes from confirmed GLS sites for the second half of 2020 to take into account the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

URA said it wants developed on the Japan Anak Bukit site a “distinctive development and identity marker for the Beauty World precinct”, which it envisions as a green urban village that will be a centre of community life and southern gateway into Bukit Timah’s nature attractions.

It must be lushly landscaped and provide residents and visitors with a seamless underground connection to nearby Beauty World MRT station on the Downtown Line, as well as pedestrian networks to bus-stops and the surrounding nature attractions.

In line with this vision, a concept and price revenue tender approach will be used to shortlist quality development concepts. This means tenderers are required to submit their concept proposals and tender prices separately. The first stage of evaluation will shortlist the concept proposals by evaluating them against a set of criteria specified in the tender. In the next stage, the shortlisted proposals will be assessed on price only.

In view of the Covid-19 situation, developers have been given a longer period of nine months to submit their bids for the 99-year leasehold site, with the tender for the site closing at 12 noon on March 30 next year.

The rejuvenation of the Beauty World precinct will also involve the completion of the Coast-to-Coast trail, upcoming completion of the Rail Corridor and Rifle Range Nature Park and new public and private development projects such as the upcoming new Bukit Timah Community Building, as well as The [email protected] World mixed-use development on the site of the former Goh and Goh Building.

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Singapore GE2020: Progress Singapore Party unveils five more candidates, including two former SAF officers

SINGAPORE – The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) unveiled another five candidates during a virtual press conference on Thursday (June 25), including two retired Singapore Armed Forces officers.

This was the third round of candidate introductions from the party and brings the total number of candidates it has unveiled so far to 17.

The party, led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock, has said it will be contesting 24 seats in nine constituencies in the coming election.

The two military men introduced are PSP organising secretary Michael Chua, 55, who has been spotted at party activities at Tanjong Pagar GRC, and Mr Nadarajah Loganathan, 57, the co-founder of a skills training firm, who is expected to be on the party’s A-team in West Coast GRC.

Mr Chua was an SAF Merit Scholarship recipient in 1985. He left active service in 2002 and continued doing National Service as a Deputy Brigade Commander until 2016. Mr Loganathan retired from the military in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

The other three candidates unveiled were: Lawyer Wendy Low, 43, who is also believed to be in the Tanjong Pagar GRC team; customer service manager Damien Tay, 51, who has been seen on walkabouts in Nee Soon GRC; and Mr Kumaran Pillai, 57, former publisher of the website The Independent Singapore, who confirmed that he will be running in the newly carved out Kebun Baru SMC.

PSP chief Tan Cheng Bock, 80, said during the press conference that the five are ordinary people who just want to step forward and serve the country, and who subscribe to his message that “Singapore should change for the better”.

“They represent a spread of talent from all walks of life. Some may be more specialised, some may be just bringing their working experience to share with us, and also some of their involvement in NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and the private sector, and also some of them have worked before in the government sector,” he said.

“I think they will bring along with them a lot of such experiences from all different sectors of our community and of our country.”

Asked about how age factored into his choice of candidates given the five today were all in their 40s and 50s, Dr Tan said that age was not a consideration.

“This country belongs to all of us, young and old,” he said. “Don’t worry about age. I started my computer learning at 70. And then I’m now learning about all these Zoom and so on, it’s so fun.”

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