Jurong Lake District

Jurong Lake District Phase II Underway

SINGAPORE – Phase II of the master plan to develop the Jurong Lake District (JLD) into the country’s 2nd central business district (CBD) is already proceeding. Spanning 410 hectares, the district will be bigger than Marina Bay, reported The Edge on Thursday late afternoon (30 November, SGT).

In June 2023, Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) put up for sale via tender a 6.5ha master developer site to commence the JLD’s transformation into a commercial node. According to the government agency’s estimates, the site would generate at least 1.57 million sq ft of office space, as well as 1,700 residential units and 785,480 sq ft of space for retail, hotels and the community.

The tender for the master developer site consists of three tracts of land, that when developed, will connect the existing commercial centre at the Jurong East MRT Station to the upcoming JLD Station on the future Cross Island Line. In turn, this will be linked with the new 120ha precinct south of the Jurong East MRT Interchange Station. The tender for the master developer site shall close on 26 March 2024.

Residents, workers, business owners are excited over JLD’s future connectivity. The area will be served by four MRT lines when Phase I of the Cross Island Line starts operating come 2030. A brand new integrated transport hub will also open adjacent to the existing Jurong East MRT Station, which is already an interchange for the East-West and North-South Lines. In addition, the new Jurong Region Line is expected to open in 2027.

Furthermore, Jurong East is expected to house the terminus for the Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR), which would slash the travel time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to merely 1 hour and 30 minutes. While the mega transport project was cancelled in 2021, it was revived in 2023 after the Malaysian government launched a request for proposals in July.

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