At the 2007 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) initiative to transform the Dawson estate at Queenstown. Queenstown is HDB’s first satellite town with many flats at around 50 years of age. With every new HDB town becoming more modern and better designed, there is a need to ensure that the older towns do not end up too far behind. Hence the ROH initiative has since been rolled out in Yishun, Punggol, Jurong Lake, East Coast and Hougang.
With meticulous planning and design, Dawson is fast becoming the next iconic housing estate. Two Build-To-Order (BTO) projects, SkyVille@Dawson and SkyTerrace@Dawson, featuring concepts like sky gardens and landscape terraces, will be completed next year. Buyers of these new flats are looking forward to moving into their new homes at Dawson.
Today, we announce HDB’s plan to build another five new public housing projects at Dawson, under the popular SERS programme. These new flats will provide new homes for Tanglin Halt residents, many of whom have been living there for more than 50 years. They will get a new modern flat with a fresh 99-year lease, with greenery at their doorstep, and panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. I am sure they will find this attractive and exciting.
Amidst the green surroundings, there will be many community spaces for residents to mingle and interact, such as playgrounds and fitness corners for residents of all ages to come together. Residents will also enjoy greater convenience, with their new homes located near shopping amenities and an MRT station. HDB will also be building a new hawker centre.
Rejuvenation is not only about creating new hardware. Shared memories will pull people closer together. Members of the public have contributed heritage items which HDB will showcase at a heritage wall and space within the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market.
Dawson’s vision is to provide “Housing-in-a-Park” for the lucky residents. When completed by 2020, Dawson will be an endearing home for many families.
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