Queenstown launches heritage blueprint 2020

The Masjid Mujahidin, located along Queensway (Stirling Road), as photographed on July 27, 2014. Queenstown, the country's first satellite estate, will get a network of six neighbourhood heritage corners, and galleries across several void decks, walk
The Masjid Mujahidin, located along Queensway (Stirling Road), as photographed on July 27, 2014. Queenstown, the country's first satellite estate, will get a network of six neighbourhood heritage corners, and galleries across several void decks, walkways and schools by 2020. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

SINGAPORE - Queenstown, the country's first satellite estate, will get a network of six neighbourhood heritage corners, and galleries across several void decks, walkways and schools by 2020.

These galleries will feature themed showcases including photos, artefacts and stories collected from residents.

Block 145 Mei Ling Street for instance, will be the site of a kampung themed-exhibition, which pays tribute to its early days when it was home to Boh Beh Kang village.

The village had around 300 Chinese families who lived in two and three-storey attap huts at the foot of Hong Lim hill.

Speaking at the launch of the blueprint, and referring to the recent announcement where 31 blocks at Tanglin Halt Road and Commonwealth Drive will undergo the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Chia Shi Lu said that balancing redevelopment and heritage will continue to be a top priority in the estate.

"While we look forward to the proposed rejuvenation of the estate, we will work hard to retain and incorporate our history and heritage into the new developments," he said.

Civic group My Community, which has been championing the estate's heritage, also launched 19 trail markers out of 40 heritage sites this morning.