Woodlands Checkpoint expansion to involve acquisition of 9 HDB blocks in Marsiling

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The Woodlands Checkpoint building. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Woodlands Checkpoint building. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Nine Housing & Development Board (HDB) flats in Marsiling will be progressively acquired by the government as Woodlands Checkpoint is redeveloped and extended, said the authorities on Thursday (26 May).

Traffic volume at the checkpoint will increase by nearly 40 per cent by 2050, according to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's (ICA) projection.

"If the overall clearance capacity is not increased, the travel time for vehicular traffic could increase by more than 60 to 70 per cent during peak periods by 2050," said the ICA in a joint news release with the HDB and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

The affected HDB units are at Blocks 210 to 218 Marsiling Crescent/Lane, comprising 732 sold flats, 53 rental flats, one rental kiosk, six rental shops and one rental eating house.

Owners of these flats will be offered the same rehousing benefits as those offered under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), including compensation based on market value and the option to purchase a new flat with a fresh 99-year lease at subsidised prices.

They will also get a removal allowance, as well as the stamp and legal fees for the purchase of a comparable replacement flat.

In the news release, HDB said it will build some 1,100 new replacement flats at Woodlands Street 13 "so that residents can continue living in a familiar environment while preserving neighbourly ties". These flats are expected to be ready by the end of 2027.

Meanwhile, eligible rental flat tenants will also be given rehousing benefits, and eligible tenants of the rental shops / kiosk / eating house will be given clearance benefits in line with past rehousing /clearance exercises.

More details can be found in the news release.

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