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Condo residents fail to get more money from Govt

The owners of a high-end condominium in Thomson Road have failed to convince the authorities to increase the $556,000 compensation offered when a slice of its land was acquired for road development. The Appeals Board (Land Acquisition) rejected…

Raising Sports Hub’s game

The scale of its infrastructure and ambition might prompt one to either make allowances for the Sports Hub’s teething problems or make greater demands for it to be the gold standard among sporting venues. But any ambivalence is…

Sembawang poll on stray cats sparks concern

The fate of a group of stray cats in Sembawang remains up in the air, with the authorities refuting online reports that the animals will be removed and likely culled. On Thurs, a group of cat feeders taking…

Malaysia sets new limits for controversial Johor Straits housing project

China developer Country Gardens Holdings can only develop less than 1,000 acres or a quarter of its controversial 1,600 hectares Forest City project in the Johor Straits under new limits set by the Malaysian DOE. The Malaysian Insider…

Give parents parking near day-care centres more leeway

It is common to see long lines of vehicles, with parents at the wheel, parked outside primary schools while they wait to pick up their children. These vehicles are not allowed to enter the school compounds and, although…

Better crowd control needed after countdown party

I was among the spectators at the New Year party at The Promontory@Marina Bay. Although the countdown party and fireworks were wonderful, I was unhappy with the crowd control at the end of the event. Masses of people…

Soft stance on illegal hawking will send wrong signals

Mr Lim Chye Hai asked if there are any statistics to show how many people have suffered food poisoning after consuming food from unlicensed hawkers (“Give illegal hawkers a chance to make honest living”; last Fri). If NEA…

Help, not hinder, attempts to earn a living

I second Mr Lim Chye Hai’s call to give unlicensed hawkers a chance to make a living by giving them a licence to ply their trade (“Give illegal hawkers a chance to make honest living”; last Fri). It…

DTZ: Business parks thrive while demand for factory space weakens

Poor outlook of the manufacturing sector and the contraction production output in Nov contributed to low demand for industrial space, said DTZ. The lack of improvement in the sentiments among manufacturing establishments was also likely to contribute to…

NHB launches 200 Years of Healthcare exhibition

A truck has been remodelled and transformed into a mobile dispensary to house a travelling exhibition named 200 Years of Healthcare. Launched by the National Heritage Board (NHB), in collaboration with the Museum Roundtable, the exhibition focuses on…

Unhappiness over Sengkang temple with columbarium: 7 other cases of residents opposing developments near their homes

Future residents of BTO project Fernvale Lea are up in arms over a planned Chinese temple with columbarium next to their flats. The columbarium, where funeral urns will be stored, will take up 15 per cent of the…

Dream home – House of Grafunkt

Despite having two spacious showrooms, one at Playfair Road, and the other at Millenia Walk, Nathan Yong, furniture designer and co- founder of Grafunkt, has bigger ideas. “Wouldn’t it be so cool to have a House of Grafunkt,”…

Govt’s long-term goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas

NEA thanks readers who have expressed support for more stringent anti-smoking rules in public places. The NEA has progressively expanded the list of areas under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act. Smoking is now prohibited in an…

Panel should be formed to fix Sports Hub’s problems

I was saddened by the shortcomings of the Sports Hub when I attended the Jay Chou concert. The leaking roof and poor sound system were an insult to the artiste. (“Leaky stadium draws ire of Jay Chou fans”;…

Singapore office rent set to post biggest gain in four years

Singapore’s prime office rents are set to post their biggest increase in at least four years in 2014, and may extend gains this year in a supply-constrained market. The office rent index for prime areas rose 8.7 per…

Buckled tiles prompt closure of chapel near MRT work site

Ongoing tunnelling work for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) along Upper Thomson Road appears to have forced the Church of the Holy Spirit to close its chapel indefinitely, after some floor tiles within buckled. The Catholic church revealed…

New bus routes for Choa Chu Kang, Punggol and Queenstown by March

Residents living in the areas of Choa Chu Kang, Punggol and Queenstown will soon benefit from new routes by Mar this year, under LTA’s billion-dollar Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). LTA said today that details of the new…

West Coast CC to become more family-friendly

The West Coast Community Centre will undergo upgrading from the first quarter of this year to offer residents more and improved facilities as well as family-friendly programmes. Targeted at young families, youth and children with special needs living…

Free clinic for lower-income, elderly kicks off in Jurong

More than 200 lower-income residents and elderly received free treatment for chronic diseases at Jurong Central yesterday as part of Project Big Heart, which will operate community clinic services every three months. The one-year pilot project, jointly organised…

CBRE report: Singapore’s office spaces world’s 14th most expensive

As at Q3 2014, Singapore’s office spaces were the 14th most expensive in the world, according to CBRE Research’s biannual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey. At US$113 psf, Singapore’s office spaces are relatively more affordable than its…

Developers using innovative ways to sell

Qingjian Realty cutting S$25,000-S$45,000 off prices by offering apartments without interior fit-outs or floor finishing. Amid a sluggish property market, developers are cracking their brains for innovative ways to move their unsold units. Now, one has come up…

Keppel draws up 2020 road map

Keppel Corporation has developed a plan that leads up to the year 2020, its CEO Loh Chin Hua told its employees in a New Year message on Fri. This plan, developed last year, comes alongside a set of…

Customisable homes a hit with buyers

The introduction of CoSpace Flexi units at Qingjian Realty’s recently launched ECs have proven popular with home buyers. More than 40 percent of purchasers at the Bellewoods and Bellewaters projects selected the optional layout that is trademark to…

Knight Frank: Private home rents may drop up to 8% in 2015

Rental prices of private homes in Singapore fell by 3.1 percent at the end of Q3 2014 from the year before, according to Knight Frank’s prime global rental index. The city-state was one of 15 cities tracked by…

A look at Singapore’s million-dollar HDB flats

Although MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan hopes for a single-digit drop in HDB resale prices in 2015, a 1,615 sqft executive maisonette along Bishan St 13 recently transacted at an eye-popping price tag of $1 million in Dec.…

Where should Singaporeans buy property in 2015?

Property is one of the safest investments anyone can make. Bricks and mortar. A roof over your head. Solid and tangible. In most markets, property is surging ahead for good reason, interest rates are low and new stock…

More luxury homes sold at big-time losses in 2H14

More luxury homes were transacted at loss-making prices in the second half of 2014, as an increasing number of affluent owners seek to dispose of their once-attractive trophy properties. Data from Maybank showed that eight of the top…

Here’s what analysts have to say how the residential property market will fare in 2015

Private property prices will continue to moderate in 2015, as the market grapples with stringent cooling measures, a mounting supply of new homes, weak buyer sentiment and the impending rise in interest rates. Analysts expect prices to moderate…

Mainland Chinese buyers grab lion’s share of foreign property purchases

Well-heeled buyers from mainland China have been ramping up property purchases in Singapore since 2009. According to Maybank, PRC Chinese have been ramping up their purchases have emerged as the largest group of foreign purchasers from 2011. In…

Private home prices dropped to pre-ABSD levels in 2014

Private home prices have finally fallen to pre-ABSD levels in 2014. Data released by URA showed that private property prices registered a 4% full-year decline in 2014, while prices registered a 1% quarter-on-quarter slip. “Latest figures released by…

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