2 Major Developments
Plans to develop the areas around Geylang are in full swing, with two major areas of regeneration that are designed to bring a new surge of investment and prosperity to the area.
Paya Lebar Commercial Hub
One of four commercial hubs recently announced by the URA as part of its decentralization
strategy, Paya Lebar commercial hub is around 12 hectares (equating to 500,000sq meters of commercial floor space) set aside for offices, hotels and retail developments. Clustered around Sims Avenue and Tanjong Katong Road, the project also opens up development alongside the Geylang River and a new public plaza beside the Paya Lebar MRT Interchange is designed to give the area a focal point.
A River Flows through It
Like many new developments, the Paya Lebar Commercial hub features water, in the shape of the Geylang River. With the completion of the Marina Barrage, water levels have been stabilized, opening up the waterfront to developers who will provide residents, workers and visitors alike with the option of working, dining, or simply strolling along the waterfront.
Communication is Key
The area is very well connected in terms of transport options. A short drive to the CBD (Central Business District), as well as being in close proximity to major roads such as the PIE, ECP and Changi Road means those traveling by car are more than well provided for. The recently opened Paya Lebar MRT gives access to all parts of the island via both the Circle, and East West Lines.
The main attraction of the area however is for pedestrians. Covered walkways abound to protect strollers from the heat of the sun, as well as the rain. Particular emphasis has been placed on encouraging people to walk and discover the treats the area has to offer. Everything from the fragrant kiosks and stalls on Geylang Road to the riot of color and excitement at the Geylang Serai Market can all be reached easily on foot.
Singapore Sports Hub
Barely more than a well struck 3 iron away is the spectacular Singapore Sports Hub. Opened in 2014 this area is home to several state of the art indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
It is the stunning National Stadium that dominates this area. The 55,000 seater stadium, complete with roof and an open end, has played host to all manner of sports including soccer, rugby, cricket and the SEA Games. The area has many other facilities however, including The Singapore Indoor Stadium, (venue for wide range of both sporting and entertainment events), the OCBC Aquatic Centre, The OCBC Arena, a water sports center, the Splash-N-Surf children’s water park and community areas that provide spaces for other sporting activities including volleyball, and skating.
It wouldn’t be Singapore, without retail facilities, and the adjacent Kallang Wave Mall gives shoppers their fix, along with a myriad of dining options. The sporting theme is not altogether forgotten however, and the mall features the highest indoor climbing wall on the island.
The area has its own MRT station, provides parking, and is easily accessible by bus.
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