A ceremonial ground breaking was recently held for Singapore’s first “modern kampong”. The development is due for completion by 2017. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan officiated at the ceremony.
Media reports say that Kampung Admiralty, an integrated development in the Woodlands area, will have three tiered zones.
Woodlands Modern Kampong
Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the development’s upper level will contain around 100 studio flats, to serve as retirement homes for senior citizens. He added that the government was determined to help families who wish to stay together to achieve that aim and that the studio apartments upstairs on the development will help them fulfill that mission. He added that the development project was the government’s version of a retirement village. Kampung Admiralty was the HDB’s retirement Kampung. The government thinks that it will be successful and hopes to replicate in other part of HDB towns.
Modern Equipment in the unit
The units are equipped with induction stoves and retractable clothes drying systems. They are 30 year leasehold units and will go on sale in July 2014, as part of the HDB’s Build to Order development in Woodlands. Elderly residents already living in Woodlands or retirees with married children already living there will get priority.
Prices for new flats yet to be announced
Prices have yet to be announced, however, studio flats at recent sales launches ranged between $83,000 and $125,000. The top tier will contain a community park and a childcare centre as well as care facilities for the elderly, with the ability to care for around 100 elderly people a day.
The development’s bottom tier will have retail shops and a community plaza. The middle level will contain a hawker centre comprising 50 stalls and around 900 seats. The modern village will also have its own two storey medical centre.