City Towers' $401.9m sale finally sees completion

The sale of City Towers in Bukit Timah has finally been completed - at its fourth attempt to be sold en bloc - after a pair of sibling owners initially attempted to block the deal.

Sale of the District 10 freehold site for $401.9 million to a unit linked to Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka Shing was completed on Tuesday, real estate firm Colliers International announced in a press statement yesterday.

Depending on the size of the unit, each residential owner stands to receive $2.78 million to $11.5 million from the successful sale.

The sale price, which is more than 13 per cent above the owners' reserve price, works out to a land rate of about $1,847 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr), after factoring in a development charge of $3.5 million.

The collective sale tender for City Towers was launched on Jan 4 last year and attracted seven competitive bids, with Japura Development - linked to Mr Li's Cheung Kong empire - as the top bidder.

But the sale hit a snag after a pair of siblings, who owned two units, filed their objections in the High Court. The duo, however, withdrew their objections and the sale order approving the collective sale was issued in May this year. The Business Times reported then that the siblings' objections had affected their mother, who also owned a unit at City Towers and had already bought a new home.

The 17-storey development comprises 77 units of apartments and maisonettes, a penthouse unit and a shop unit. It has a land area of 9,711.3 sq m, with a proposed total gross floor area of 20,393.7 sq m.

City Towers, which is near Newton and Stevens MRT stations, is located in an enclave of private residential apartments and landed housing estates in District 10.

City Towers' sale had hit a snag after a pair of siblings, who owned two units, filed their objections in the High Court. But they later withdrew their objections and the sale order approving the collective sale was issued in May this year.
City Towers' sale had hit a snag after a pair of siblings, who owned two units, filed their objections in the High Court. But they later withdrew their objections and the sale order approving the collective sale was issued in May this year. PHOTO: COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

Ms Tang Wei Leng, managing director of Colliers, said: "We are happy to have successfully concluded this collective sale for the owners. This is their fourth attempt and the success is a happy outcome."

Mr M. Singh, chairman of the City Towers collective sale committee, said: "Collective sale journeys tend to be long and complex, and the owners are heartened that the sale is finally completed.

"We are delighted that Colliers has more than delivered on the mandate from owners, achieving a premium above the reserve price. In addition, we would like to thank all parties involved in this deal, particularly our lawyers for their professionalism and the owners for their support and patience."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'City Towers' $401.9m sale finally sees completion'. Print Edition | Subscribe