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Dispute over carpark comes to a head at St Regis

The common carpark in the St Regis Hotel and Residences, a mixed development comprising the hotel and three residential blocks, has become a point of contention for its users.
The common carpark in the St Regis Hotel and Residences, a mixed development comprising the hotel and three residential blocks, has become a point of contention for its users. PHOTO: ST FILE

The common carpark in the St Regis Hotel and Residences, a mixed development comprising the hotel and three residential blocks, has become a point of contention for its users.

Residents were unhappy about the low rates and waivers set by the hotel for its guests and hoped to resolve the issue.

Several meetings with hotel representatives have taken place over the past few years but a compromise has remained out of reach.

The managing body of the ultra- luxury apartments then raised the idea of outsourcing carpark operations to a third-party operator and carried out a tender exercise.

But this move only stirred up more trouble as legal letters were sent flying.

The hotel sent notices to carpark tenderers as well as council members to stop them from going ahead with the carpark lease.

The management of the apartments, in response, lodged a police report on the legal threats made by the hotel, while submitting complaints to the Law Society and the Prime Minister's Office.

Mr Joe Goh, a non-executive director at Ossia International, a regional distributor and retailer of fashion, accessories and sporting goods, is chairman of the estate's management.

The stand-off is coming to a head.

An extraordinary general meeting to straighten out the problem has been set for July 16.

The St Regis Residences, a 999- year leasehold luxury project in Tanglin Road, ranks among some of

the more expensive condominiums in Singapore.

An average unit costs about $2,068 per sq ft, according to data from Squarefoot Research.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2015, with the headline 'Dispute over carpark comes to a head at St Regis'. Print Edition | Subscribe