Police Security Command in Toa Payoh to be demolished for housing
Police Security Command in Toa Payoh to be demolished for housing. The Police Security Command headquarters at 2 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh are slated to be demolished and relocated within the neighborhood. The command, which has been in place since 2004, is located on property that has been zoned for housing and has been subject to thorough planning since 2003. The 1.7ha site, which is larger than two football fields, was awarded a plot ratio of 4.2 in a proposed revision to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) masterplan announced on October 21. In response to inquiries, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) stated that the URA told them that the premises will have to be demolished by the first half of 2024.
According to SPF, the command will be shifted to Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. It will have a 1ha parcel of land on which to build its new edifice. According to a URA representative, plans for the Lorong 4 location will be announced as soon as they are ready. The Police Security Command is in charge of the personal safety and security of all Cabinet ministers and visiting foreign dignitaries, according to the SPF website. According to real estate analysts, the property has the potential to deliver more than 700 units, with ERA Realty head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak estimating that between 750 and 880 units can be built.
He anticipates that the land will be sold under a GLS contract for private home development, as it has been several years since a GLS site was released in Toa Payoh, while Build-To-Order public housing complexes have recently been created nearby. Mr Mak underlined that when the Gem Residences condominium, which is directly across from the existing Police Security Command structure, was finished in 2016, it was well-received. Nonetheless, Because of its proximity to other Housing Board units, OrangeTee & Tie Christine Sun believes the location is more likely to be used for public housing. Both experts emphasized the property’s proximity to facilities, noting that the Braddell MRT station is only a 350-meter walk away and that coffee shops are nearby.
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