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2016 'expiry date' for Dakota Crescent flats

Residents of 17 low-rise rental blocks can choose to rent or buy new flats

Published on Jul 25, 2014 6:28 AM
 
Formerly a provision shop, this cafe in Dakota Crescent started operation only in April. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, is making way for developments under Mountbatten's estate renewal plans.

Residents of the 17 low-rise rental blocks off Old Airport Road must leave by end-2016. Those who choose to buy a new flat anywhere else will get a relocation grant of up to $15,000.

Only about 400 of the 648 units, built by the Singapore Improvement Trust in 1958, are occupied and about two-thirds of the households have at least one member aged 60 and above.

Retiree Lee Choong Hian, 68, who lives alone in a two-room rental flat, will miss the estate where he has lived for 20 years. "The environment is good. At night it's peaceful, and transport is convenient," he said.

 
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