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Pioneer estate now a ghost town

Singapore’s first 10-storey flats, colloquially known as “chap lau chu” in Hokkien, are seven blks of brown and beige-coloured flats in Commonwealth Drive. Built in the early 1960s, this pioneering “mini estate” introduced Singaporeans to the concept of…

Kim Chuan Drive site sold for S$40m

A freehold industrial site at Kim Chuan Drive has been transacted at S$40 million. The price works out to S$460 psf ppr, without factoring in a small development charge that the buyer will have to pay to the…

Property hotspot: Pearl Bank Apartment

Pearl Bank Apartments is a 38-storey residential development built in 1976 featuring an iconic horse-shoe architecture. Nested on top of Pearl’s Hill, it is within a short walking distance from Outram Park MRT station. Owners of the development…

Senior-friendly enhancements to public transport system in the works

To make public transport more senior-friendly, LTA is looking into redesigning directional signs at MRT stations and bus interchanges, and installing passenger information displays (PID) on buses, among other things. Since June last year, more than 1,300 participants,…

New HDB 2-room scheme will give buyers greater flexibility: Analysts

The new 2-room Flexi scheme was welcomed by property analysts for offering a range of leases to meet different needs, which many have called for, but some flagged issues that could emerge down the road as the Republic’s…

Take different approaches to different cyclist issues

The debate in Voices regarding cyclists has been centred on cyclist accountability. Enforcement, punishment and licensing are being advocated in an attempt to ensure cyclists conform to some kinds of rules. While offended pedestrians may be calling for…

To ask for HDB loan for studio apartments is pushing it

MND Minister is right in stating that seniors who buy studio apartments should not be eligible for HDB loans (“No HDB loans for senior citizens looking to buy Studio Apartments: Khaw”; Aug 18). Clearly, when they downgrade, they…

Otter family spotted having a fun time at Marina Bay

A family of otters was spotted again frolicking at Marina Bay last weekend, attracting a crowd of excited onlookers who whipped out their cameras to capture the group in action. Otters were also spotted at Punggol Waterfront and…

Singapore invests heavily in air traffic research

Singapore is investing heavily in air traffic research to beef up its ability to handle a projected increase in flights in the region. Making the point at an industry gathering yesterday, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said that…

Seniors buying Flexi flats can choose fittings too

Seniors buying homes under HDB’s new Two-Room Flexi scheme will not only get to choose their lease lengths but also the fittings in their flats. The units with shorter leases, which are available only to those aged 55…

Mortgagee sales of larger homes on the rise

Larger homes are increasingly going up for mortgagee sale, amid higher interest rates and a slumping leasing market. The smaller pool of buyers for such prime properties and the tougher lending rules mean that strapped owners often have…

20 office units in Parkway Centre up for sale

A portfolio of 20 strata-titled office units in Parkway Centre is being put up for sale via an EOI exercise, at a total indicative price of up to $34.6 million. Parkway Centre, in Marine Parade, is a 13-storey…

Efforts to engage students in sport

We thank Mr Liau Kah Han for his feedback (“Schools competitions will benefit from Sports Hub as venue”; Mon). From its inception, the Singapore Sports Hub has worked closely with multiple stakeholders, including Sport Singapore, MOE and schools,…

Did Lui Tuck Yew quit to take the rap?

Is Mr Lui Tuck Yew taking the rap for the rail breakdowns that do not seem to go away? Is PAP dropping him because it feels he may be a liability in the coming GE? Looking at the…

UOL Group promotes Liam Wee Sin to deputy group CEO

UOL Group announced the appointment of Liam Wee Sin as deputy group CEO. Mr Liam, 56, will be given full responsibility for the daily management of the company and its subsidiaries including the hospitality division. He continues to…

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