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    June 27, 2007

    Seletar gets ready for makeover as aerospace hub

    Multimillion-dollar plan unveiled; tranquil nature of area to be retained

    By Karamjit Kaur, Aviation Correspondent


    THE blueprint for the multi-million dollar makeover of the sleepy surroundings of Seletar Airport into a major aerospace hub was unveiled yesterday.

    The new Seletar Aerospace Park will have a bigger airport and a longer runway, to handle larger aircraft.

    New roads, better infrastructure and more than 100 football fields of space will also be available to the cluster of companies that design and manufacture aircraft components and small jets, as well as run training schools.

    The park will be developed at a cost of more than $60 million. When completed by 2018, it will create 10,000 jobs and help double the output of Singapore's fast-growing aerospace sector, from last year's record $6.3 billion.

    The need for the park was clear, said Mr Leong Hong Yew, JTC Corporation's deputy director for industrial development (East).

    Aerospace activities are now carried out in Loyang and Changi North, but space is fast running out there, he explained.

    In finalising the masterplan for Seletar, however, his team retained, as much as possible, the idyllic, tranquil nature of the area with its more than 300 black-and-white colonial bungalows, old trees and open fields.

    He said: 'This is not going to be another run-of-the-mill industrial park.'

    Of the 378 black-and-white bungalows in the area, 204 will be retained.

    Some will be converted into aerospace training schools and food and beverage outlets, while 131 units will be set aside for residential use.

    He said: 'The houses will be retained and conserved so the ambience of the environment is maintained.'

    For the same reason, more than 30 distinctive trees will not be cut down, he said.

    The plans have been received well by industry, with one-fifth of the 120ha set aside for commercial use already booked.

    The first few tenants are expected to move in to their new premises in October, said Mr Leong.

    Among the front runners are Singapore Technologies Aerospace and Jet Aviation, both with plans to expand their current facilities at Seletar.

    For Jet Aviation, the location and timing made sense. Vice-president and general manager for Asia, Mr Michael Sattler, said: 'Singapore is a very good location and offers many advantages. The upcoming integrated resorts are also expected to attract more corporate and business jets here.'

    Residents in the area were also briefed on the plans last night.

    For some families there was good news, as they were told their homes were not affected and they will have the option to extend their current leases which expire at the end of next year, for a further two years.

    After that, it will be up to the Singapore Land Authority which owns the land, to decide on future plans for the area.

    The rest will have to move out when their leases expire next year.

    There was some excitement at Seletar Base Golf Course where the briefing was held, when a few residents including children, turned up with signs protesting against the plans.

    But it ended without incident.

    Sales manager Jacqueline Tan, 38, who will have to move out of Seletar after living there for three years, will miss the greenery and close neighbours.

    She said: 'This place is unique... You can't find a place like this in Singapore. It's also a very close-knit community here. Everyone knows everyone.'

    It was a reponse Mr Leong had anticipated.

    'We tried our best to balance the needs of industry and community, and at the same time attempted to integrate the surroundings of the area into the plan... But there will be some who will not be happy,' he said.

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    June 27, 2007

    Relief for some Seletar residents

    204 of 378 colonial houses in the area will be spared demolition, says JTC Corp

    By Theresa Tan


    SELETAR Camp resident Rosy Tan heaved a huge sigh of relief last night - she will not have to move.

    Her house is among 204 of the 378 black-and-white colonial ones in the area which JTC Corporation said will not have to make way for the $60 million Seletar Aerospace Park. Some of them will be converted into F&B and other outlets while 131 units will stay as residences.

    Miss Tan, 59, described the area as 'a kampung... Everyone knows everyone and the ambience is just gorgeous'.

    'It's the perfect retirement home,' added the retired engineer, who has been living in a semi-detached house with two dogs and a maid for the past year and a half.

    Nurse Juliana Husaini couldn't agree more. 'You can't find a community like this anywhere in Singapore,' said Mrs Husaini, 37. 'There's an open-door policy here, everyone goes to everyone else's house.'

    But the Husainis, who have been living in a rented house in the area for the past five years together with their two cats and dozens of fruit trees, are planning to move out.

    The serene environment and ambience will be changed forever, she said last night after attending the unveiling of the project blueprint at a briefing for residents.

    When the aerospace park is built, the birds, frogs, cats and dogs which drop in at the Husainis' Maida Vale house may no longer be there, said the mother of four.

    This also worried fellow resident Annie Naidu, who said it was only a matter of time before the noise from the new development got to them. Mrs Naidu, 43, grew up in rural France and said Seletar Camp is the closest thing to the countryside Singapore has to offer.

    At any rate, the teacher, who is married to a Singaporean, believes she is lucky as her rented house will not be demolished.

    Sales manager Jacqueline Tan, however, was told last night that her home was standing in the way of progress. 'I'm very disappointed as you can't find a place like this in Singapore.' said Mrs Tan, 38. She was among several residents interviewed who will have to move out by December next year when their current lease expires.

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    All good things must come to an end in Sg!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSG
    All good things must come to an end in Sg!
    .... for even better things.
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    .... for even better things.
    Hurray!
    Property prices in the North East will start to change.

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