in the 2014 Urban administrative unit (URA) Masterplan, it had been revealed that the govt has plans to develop the estate with new and improved amenities & facilities. For example, a replacement community club is slated to open along Hillview Avenue.
The Hillview area is now being became a vibrant town with a replacement mixed development called The Hillier and HillV2 to serve the requirements of the residents and tap into their spending power. The Hillier offers a good range on dining, and entertainment needs.
The Masterplan also outlined plans for an aged care home set up by Rec Ci Nursing Home which has been in service since it opened in 2015.
Bukit Batok is located close to work places
One of the unique aspects of Bukit Batok is the town’s closeness to major industrial and commercial developments. The estate is that the nearest to nearby Jurong East Central, International Business Park, and retail malls.
The government also made plans toward turning Jurong East into subsequent commercial hub. This plan is predicted to get additional employment opportunities for several residents living around Jurong East, including Bukit Batok.
Another major aspect of concern is catering to the requirements of the tiny and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), particularly within the light industrial usage, manufacturing, export and import businesses. Due to the nature of some operations like in light manufacturing, the high costs of operations require facilities that conform to tight budgets and still function normally.
The government has recognised their needs and allocated certain tracts of commercial land for common industries where economies of scale are often aligned.
At the top of the tender, a complete of 11 property developers were vying for the 158,194 sq ft. site with a gross plot ratio of 3.0. Qingjian Realty, a Chinese developer eventually won the highest bid of S$301.2 million.
The site features a maximum permissible gross floor area of about 474,591 sq ft. The maximum gross floor area (GFA) put aside for commercial use is 64,583 sq ft.
According to an article by Today Online, Mr. Nicholas Mak, executive and Head of Research & Consultancy at SLP International Realty opined that developers were interested in the location because it was one among the sole mixed-use commercial-cum-residential site within the Government Land Sales (GLS) programme for the primary half 2016.
Mak also added, “This may be a greenfield suburban site and therefore the developers are basically buying into the longer term plan for this section of the west region.” Mak also noted that there are several HDB housing projects that are in development near the particular site. He thinks that when the mall is prepared for business, the HDB flats should be completed. This could provide the added convenience of a plaza for future residents.
Based on these new developments, there might be more upcoming public and personal housing projects planned for Bukit Batok. Moreover, with 291 ha of the 785 ha made available for residential land use, the govt might be considering future projections because it forms its drawing boards for the town’s overall development.
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