Police Security Command in Toa Payoh to be demolished for housing
Police Security Command in Toa Payoh to be demolished for housing. The Police Security Command headquarters at 2 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh are scheduled to be dismantled and relocated inside the area. The command, which has been in service since 2004, is situated on territory allocated for housing and has been the subject of considerable planning since 2003. The 1.7ha site, which is larger than two football fields, was assigned a plot ratio of 4.2 in a proposed revision to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) masterplan announced on October 21. In response to inquiries, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) stated that the URA informed them that the premises would have to be demolished by the first half of 2024.
According to SPF, the command will be relocated to Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. It will occupy a 1ha land on which its new structure will be built. According to a URA official, plans for the Lorong 4 site will be announced as soon as they are ready. The Police Security Command is in charge of the personal safety and security of all Cabinet ministers and visiting foreign dignitaries, according to the SPF website. According to real estate analysts, the property has the potential to deliver more than 700 units, with ERA Realty head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak suggesting that between 750 and 880 units can be erected.
He believes the land will be sold through a Government Land Sales (GLS) contract to be developed for private housing, as it has been a few years since a GLS site was released in Toa Payoh, while Build-To-Order public housing projects have recently been launched in the area. Mr Mak highlighted that the Gem Residences condominium, which is located directly across from the present Police Security Command property, was well-received when it first opened in 2016. However, OrangeTee & Tie senior vice-president of research and analytics Christine Sun believes the location, given its closeness to other Housing Board flats, is more likely to be used for public housing. Both analysts emphasized that the property is close to amenities, with Braddell MRT station a 350m walk away and coffee shops nearby.
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