It seems that a number of 10 private residences are in luck, as they are about to be modernized according to the latest standards. What does this mean? It means that they will be equipped with special ramps for wheelchair access, lighting for footpaths, and beautiful landscape features among other improvements that will be part of the face-lift process. The Ministry of National Development made the announcement not so long ago. The improvements will have a total cost of $29 million and they are more than welcome. With their help, those homes will not only look better but will also offer upgraded living conditions to their residents.
Such projects are part of the Estate Upgrading Program and where it will be possible, they will be paired with other improvement programs, such as PUB’s drainage coverage and improvement. While only 10 estates will enjoy facelifts soon, more are about to be modernized in the coming 4 to 5 years. The goal of the government is to upgrade a total of 7,000 homes, so this is definitely an ambitious project. Are you wondering which are the residences that will soon be renovated? Here are the homes included in this project: Frankel, off East Coast Road; Kew, off Upper East Coast Road; Cheng San Cactus Sunrise in Yio Chu Kang; Fulton, off Sin Ming Avenue; Namly and Watten in Bukit Timah; Thomson Adelphi and Soo Chow, and Pemimpin near Bishan; Mei Hwan in Lorong Chuan; Pasir Panjang Private Estate ; and Westwood in Jurong West.
The Estate Upgrading Program is not new, as it was started in the year 2000. The purpose of this program is to rejuvenate aging properties, both private and public. This way, the face of Singapore will always be up to date and its residents will enjoy the best conditions and safety. From the start of the program, about 63 residences enjoyed the transformation, over $187 million being spent in this direction.
It is worth mentioning that the estates are not modernized without talking to the residents first. Some of them have lived in those estates for decades and could provide great improvement ideas for the property, based on their past experiences. Thus, a committee will be put together, made out of residents, for collecting improvement ideas for the Namly estate, as an example. Christopher de Souza, who is the MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, stated that this will happen, as people are living there for more than 50 years. These people could be the ideal consultants for improvement projects. The collected ideas will then be considered as parts of the final project. They have high chance of being transformed into physical improvements if they are possible.
So, many people that are currently living in aging estates could soon see them transform into better living areas. Whether it will be a wider green area for spending leisure time, longer walk-paths, or aesthetic visual elements, any improvement will certainly have a positive impact on their lives.
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