9 HDB blocks in Woodlands to be acquired to make way for Woodlands Checkpoint expansion

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Woodlands Checkpoint will be expanded beyond the previously announced Old Woodlands Town Centre. In a move to alleviate traffic congestion, improve travel time and enhance security for land border crossings between Singapore and Malaysia, the government will acquire nine HDB blocks at Marsiling Crescent/Lane for the expansion of Woodlands Checkpoint.

The nine HDB blocks comprise 732 sold flats, 53 rental flats, one rental kiosk, six rental shops and one rental eating house.

Flat owners will get the same rehousing benefits as those affected by SERS

Owners of flats in blocks 212 to 218 in Marsiling Crescent/Lane will get the same rehousing benefits as those affected by the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS). These include:

  • Compensation for the existing flat at market value at the time of the acquisition announcement
  • Removal allowance of S$10,000
  • Stamp and legal fees for buying a comparable new flat

HDB will also build around 1,100 new replacement flats, of 2-room Flexi, 3-room, 4-room and 5-room types at Woodlands Street 13. Construction will start in Q3 2023 and is expected to TOP in Q4 2027.

Artist's impression of the replacement flats at Woodlands Street 13
Artist’s impression of the replacement flats at Woodlands Street 13. Source: HDB

Notably, the replacement site is around a 10-minute walk from Marsiling MRT and a 15-minute walk from Marsiling Mall. A wide range of facilities will also be available, such as a playground and a childcare centre.

Map of the replacement flats in Woodlands Street 13
Map of the replacement flats in Woodlands Street 13. Source: HDB

Flat owners have the option to take up the replacement flat at the new site, or sell the flat with rehousing benefits in the open market and buy a flat elsewhere.

Those who choose to take up the replacement flat will get a fresh 99-year lease. There is also a SERS grant of S$30,000 for families and S$15,000 for singles buying a new flat.

Alternatively, they can apply for a flat elsewhere under the BTO, SBF or open booking exercise.

Christine Sun, Senior Vice President of Research and Analytics at OrangeTee and Tie, shared that future prices at the new site may be higher than those at the affected sites.

Looking at the median resale price of 4-room flats in the first four months of this year, flats at Marsiling Crescent had a median price of S$378,000. This is lower than the median price at the nearby Woodlands Avenue 3 at S$434,000 and the overall median price in the town at S$448,000.

“Moreover, the lease commencement of the affected blocks is from 1980 to 1986 which translates to between 36 to 42 years old this year. Therefore, it may be better to take up the offer to get the replacement flats with a fresh 99-year lease.”

Rehousing benefits for rental flat tenants

Eligible rental flat tenants at blocks 210 and 211 will also receive rehousing benefits. These include:

  • Rehousing allowance of S$2,500
  • Priority allocation for buying a flat under the BTO or SBF exercises
  • Relocation grant of S$15,000 for families and S$7,000 for singles for buying an HDB flat
  • Priority allocation of rental flats
  • Cash and/or rental credits for moving to a smaller rental flat/rental flat in stipulated locations

Which HDB blocks do you think will be selected for SERS? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook post.

If you found this article helpful, 99.co recommends 600 households over 4 blocks in Ang Mo Kio picked for SERS and Breaking: The most expensive HDB unit, sold for S$1.4m, is now a SERS replacement flat.

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About Virginia Tanggono

Virginia covers the property news in Singapore, from record sales to profile stories on home ownership. In her free time, she occasionally searches for spoilers of movies and TV shows.

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