by Donavan Lim
The Blocks 1A to 6A Woodlands Centre Road is the latest site to benefit from the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced Monday.
The site comprises of 147 flats completed in 1980. These flats will be 36 years old by the time the residents move to the new replacement flats.
HDB said it will build about 190 units of new 2-room, 3-room, 4-room and 5-room flats at Woodlands Drive 70 to re-house the SERS residents.
The replacement flats are located opposite the Admiralty MRT station and Admiralty Place, a neighbourhood shopping complex. A wide range of amenities such as shops, eating establishments, wet market, community centre and schools are nearby.
“Residents can look forward to moving into their new homes in 2016. Eligible SERS flat owners will be invited to register for their replacement flats in 2Q2013,” HDB said in a statement.
The redevelopment scheme offers residents the opportunity to move to a brand new flat with a fresh 99-year lease, better design and modern facilities. Since SERS was introduced in 1995, the programme has benefitted about 36,000 households across 77 sites.
In tandem with the selected flats, 7197 rental shops/ eating houses/ offices at Blocks 1A to 6A and the hawker centre at Block 4A comprising 78 cooked food stalls under NEA’s management will be cleared.
Eligible shop tenants will be given an ex-gratia payment of S$60,000 per tenancy. In addition, Singaporean SME shop tenants will be granted a relocation assistance benefit of S$30,000 per tenancy if they are able to find alternative premises to continue their business before the clearance deadline.
Further, all shop tenants will also be given a 10 per cent rental discount on their successful bid for other HDB rental shops or when they take over HDB rental shops through assignment.
To ensure that there will be an adequate number of cooked food stalls to serve the community, NEA will be building a replacement hawker centre at Woodlands Town.
Hawker stallholders who wish to continue their trade there will be allocated a new stall at the replacement centre.
Otherwise, they could opt to be allocated alternative vacant stalls at other existing hawker centres. For stallholders who wish to exit, an ex-gratia payment of S$23,000 per tenant will be offered to first-generation stallholders.