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4 HDB blocks at Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 selected for Sers; first such en bloc since 2018

SINGAPORE — Some 600 households from four Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks located along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 will undergo the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) scheme, with residents given the option move to a new housing estate on Ang Mo Kio Drive.

4 HDB blocks at Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 selected for Sers; first such en bloc since 2018

A view of Block 562 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, where residents will have to vacate because the land is marked by the Government for redevelopment.

  • Blocks 562 to 565 at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 have been selected for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers), which is aimed at rejuvenating older estates
  • This is the first announcement about the scheme in four years 
  • Residents of selected blocks will be given the option of moving to a new housing estate at Ang Mo Kio Drive
  • Alternatively, owners can also choose to sell their Sers flats with the rehousing benefits on the open market

SINGAPORE — Some 600 households from four Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks located along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 will undergo the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) scheme, with residents given the option move to a new housing estate on Ang Mo Kio Drive.

HDB said in a statement on Thursday (April 7) that the scheme, which is a government initiative to renew older housing estates, will affect residents of blocks 562 to 565, which is 13-storeys high and comprise 606 units of mostly three- or four-room flats that were built in 1979.

The last Sers exercise was carried out in 2018 for blocks 81 to 83 on MacPherson Lane, with replacement flats along Circuit Road expected to be completed by the second quarter of next year.

HDB added that owners of the eligible flats on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 will be compensated based on the market value of their flats as assessed by a professional private valuer it appoints.

They will also be offered the option of buying new replacement flats — ranging from two-room flexi units to four-room units — at the nearby Ang Mo Kio Drive if they wish to continue living in a familiar environment.

“They can also select replacement flats together with their neighbours or relatives, to live near one another,” HDB said. “In this way, Sers helps to preserve existing community ties by enabling residents to move en-bloc to new replacement flats.”

Every household will be assigned a guide to help them through the Sers process by providing “personalised support and information, as well as the necessary assistance to facilitate a smooth transition to their new homes”, HDB said.

Residents of the selected blocks may also attend a Sers sharing session at the void deck of Block 564 on April 9 and 10 from 9.30am to 5.15pm, or between April 11 and 14 from 1pm to 8.45pm.

Pre-registration will be required for these sessions.

Alternatively, flat owners may also choose to sell their Sers flats with the rehousing benefits on the open market.

With the sales proceeds, which will include a premium for the rehousing benefits, these residents may buy a resale flat in their preferred location.

Asked why the four blocks were possibly chosen, Ms Christine Sun, senior vice-president of research and analytics at real estate agency OrangeTee & Tie, said that the land parcel may not be fully optimised at the moment. 

The land can accommodate blocks of around 36 storeys, as opposed to the present 13 storey-high blocks.

"I think that piece of land could be redeveloped into a few tall blocks, which may even be an integrated development comprising some retail or commercial components linked to the Tavistock MRT Station,” Ms Sun added.

Another reason for the acquisition could be the need for more space to construct the underground MRT station on the upcoming Cross Island Line.

Ms Sun said that deep excavation and construction work for the station and rail line could also affect the structural soundness of surrounding buildings, especially the safety of residents living in older buildings.

NEW ESTATE ON ANG MO KIO DRIVE

The new estate, sandwiched between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and Ang Mo Kio Drive, is roughly 1km away from the estate it is replacing and is within walking distance of Anderson Secondary School and ITE College Central.

HDB said that it will be building six residential blocks of between 17 and 25 storeys, and these are expected to house about 1,065 units.

From there, residents will have convenient access to both the Ang Mo Kio and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations, as well as to shops and eateries such as the Cheng San Market and Cooked Food Centre.

Aside from the provision of recreational and fitness facilities, there will also be a childcare centre to cater to young families.

Registration for the new replacement flats will begin around the first quarter of next year, with construction to begin in the third quarter of 2023.

Construction is estimated to be completed in the third quarter of 2027.

REHOUSING BENEFITS

To help defray the expenses incurred in the move, HDB said that it will pay flat owners a S$10,000 removal allowance, as well as the stamp and legal fees for the purchase of a comparable replacement flat.

Eligible flat owners may also receive a Sers grant of up to S$30,000 for families, or S$15,000 for singles, and take out a housing loan from HDB to buy their replacement flat.

Other benefits include:

  • Assured allocation of a new flat with a fresh 99-year lease
  • Option for flat owners who are 55 years old and above to buy two-room flexi flats on 99-year or short leases on Ang Mo Kio Drive
  • Purchase of a replacement flat at subsidised price fixed at the time of the Sers announcement
  • Exemption from the payment of resale levy if the Sers flat is a subsidised flat
  • Exemption from the payment of S$10,000 premium on top of the purchase price of a replacement flat for eligible couples who are first-timers
  • Exemption from payment of S$15,000 premium on top of the purchase price of a replacement flat for first-time buyers who are singles
  • A financial package to ease the cash flow for purchase of a replacement flat
  • Option to apply for a flat elsewhere with Sers rehousing benefits under the Build-To-Order exercise or sale of balance flats exercise with a 10 per cent priority allocation, or open booking of flats
  • Flat owners may receive an ex-gratia payment of S$30,000 plus Sers grant, if eligible, on top of their compensation, instead of the Sers rehousing benefits

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