12/11/2017 4:56:47 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, will be redeveloped into a mixed-use area that will include new Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced this in a Facebook post on December 11. “The refreshed Dakota Crescent” can be “an interesting mixed-use area, with attractive new HDB flats; adaptive re-use of some of the old buildings; convenient amenities, as well as vibrant community spaces,” he wrote.
“Dakota Crescent was developed by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in 1958 as a public rental housing estate. Many Singaporeans grew up in the 15 low-rise blocks and spent their childhood at the Dove playground,” he recalled.
Redeveloping the estate “will provide more public housing options near the city,” he noted. “At the same time, we recognise the significance of the estate… this was one of Singapore’s first public housing projects, built before the formation of HDB in 1960. So we intend to retain the central cluster of buildings around the courtyard area (including the playground), and re-purpose them for civic and community uses.”
‘’We will continue to engage stakeholders and involve the wider community as we redevelop this estate. We look forward to your ideas and suggestions, as we reimagine Dakota Crescent together!” he added.