Published October 10, 2009

UOL taking half-share in Rainbow site


UOL Group is taking a half-share in the Rainbow Gardens site in Toh Tuck Road bought by the LaSalle Asia Opportunity II fund in a collective sale a few years ago.

The 999-year leasehold plot and an adjoining strip of state land total a land area of 130,164 sq ft. In its statutory filing with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) yesterday, UOL said planning approval has been granted for a condo project with a gross floor area of about 182,219 sq ft.

BT understands the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) approval for the site is for a five-storey condo with around 120 units although market watchers reckon that with UOL's advent, the unit mix could be reconfigured.

In its statement, UOL said it will be investing a total of about $15.58 million for its half-share in a joint-venture company it has formed with the LaSalle fund. The sum UOL is investing comprises $1 million in ordinary shares, about $10.17 million in redeemable preference shares, and about $4.4 million in shareholders' loans.

UOL said it and/or its subsidiaries will be appointed as the project and sales and marketing managers for the new condo to be built.