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Lift woes continue at Keat Hong Close block

They had just started moving into their new Choa Chu Kang flat around the middle of 2016, but it did not take long for the two lifts at Block 805D, Keat Hong Close, to start misbehaving. Since Nov…

Soon Lian to purchase Tuas Lane factory for $7.8 mil

Soon Lian Holdings, the supplier of aluminium alloy products, is purchasing a single-storey detached factory at 6 Tuas Lane from Halliburton Far East for $7.8 million, which is subject to a GST of $546,000. The building has an…

2017 Roundup: 9 property news headlines that took the market by storm

Where the property market is concerned, It’s been a pretty eventful year. In this article, we look back at 9 property news which took our local property market by storm! Yishun started making headlines for all the wrong…

Consider boarding calls for just transit lounges at Changi Airport

CAG announced that with effect from Jan 1, 2018, it will stop making final calls for boarding and airlines will stop paging for passengers who has yet to board the plane. This is to cut down the noise…

Looking Ahead to 2018: To tackle climate change, all hands needed on deck

From calls to avoid plastic packaging to campaigns to cut food waste, the message for everyone to help fight climate change will be amplified next year. 2018 will be the Year of Climate Action for Singapore, declared MEWR…

Survey points to social class divide among Singaporeans

More than half of Singapore residents have a higher chance of mixing with people of other races and age groups than those of a different social standing, according to a new survey by local think tank, the Institute…

Understanding what happens at the end of a 99-year lease

Calling for a reality check on surging resale prices for ageing 99-year leasehold properties, MND Minister Lawrence Wong raised eyebrows in Mar when he reminded HDB residents that Sers will not apply to all flats, only a few.…

SMRT back on track after woeful year?

Rail operator SMRT – already beset in recent years with commuter complaints about frequent service disruptions – may just have had one of the worst years on record. SMRT’s woes began earlier this year, when commuters on NSL…

Smoke detectors mandatory for new homes

It will be mandatory to install smoke detectors in all newly built homes, including HDB flats, from June next year. This applies to those that have their building plans submitted after the new Fire Code kicks in. Second…

Sigma still banned from new HDB projects

Lift company Sigma Elevator was still banned from tendering for new projects, HDB said last month, as its performance has yet to meet the required standards. This was nearly a year after HDB said it had forbidden Sigma…

New rules on short-term private rentals

In Feb, Parliament passed a new law that forbids private apartment owners from renting out their whole flat or rooms for a short period on websites such as Airbnb. The changes to the law came on the back…

Easing the route for bike-sharing

Plans for a government-backed bicycle-sharing scheme – in line with its car-lite vision – got upended when private bike-sharing operators started rolling out their two-wheelers in Singapore in Jan. In Mar, LTA announced that it was shelving plans…

Changi’s crown Jewel scales new heights

Work on Jewel Changi Airport is moving ahead at full-speed, with construction workers seen scaling its external facade on Tues. The complex is scheduled to open in early 2019, and will have five storeys above ground and five…

Automated experience at T4

Changi Airport’s new high-tech terminal T4 opened in Oct after almost four years of construction and testing. Unlike the other three terminals, travellers at T4 use a start-to-end automated process, from check-in to boarding. Security checks are centralised…

Office market starts shifting in landlords’ favour again

It took a while, but the high end of Singapore’s office rentals finally hit the bottom this year – earlier than expected. This was because the take-up rate for Grade A office space in new developments in CBD…

Orchard Road must not lose its bloom

Orchard Road has had many incarnations. It got its name from the many nutmeg and fruit orchards that existed in the last century. It has always been an important street, connecting the residential area of Tanglin to the…

Police permit for Speakers’ Corner: Get help if needed

As stated in the ST article on Dec 21 (Speakers’ Corner: Some face issues holding events), approval from NParks is required to use the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park even if a police permit is not needed.…

Prompt removal of unsafe tree

Recently, I noticed that the leaves on the tree behind my block were turning brown, with no sign of new leaves growing. I was worried that strong winds would topple the tree, which is about 6m tall. So…

Cut down on announcements at MRT stations and in trains too

Changi Airport’s move to make the airport a more quiet and pleasant place (Changi Airport to end final boarding announcements; Dec 27) is a good one that SMRT and SBS Transit should follow. There are far too many…

Govt trims industrial land supply after market responds to previous spike

The government is trimming its industrial land supply for the first half of 2018, after industrial prices and rents showed themselves to be responding as hoped to the government’s supply spike in recent years. MTI on Wed said…

No explosives or swinging balls: How high-rise demolitions go down in Singapore

When a high-rise building in Singapore needs to be demolished, contractors don’t come in with a wrecking ball. At least not now. “Last time, they used a concrete ball,” Ginlee Construction MD Tommy Lim told CNA. “But of…

URA launches tenders for sites at Sengkang Central and Hillview Rise

URA on Thurs launched two sites at Sengkang Central and Hillview Rise for sale by public tender, under the Confirmed List of the second half 2017 GLS programme. With a site area of 37,284.8 sqm, the site at…

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