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More HDB flats in the CBD?

With the Draft Master Plan proposing more residential units in the pricey city centre, the question is whether these homes should all be private condos or include public housing

Should there be HDB blocks in the CBD? This question of whether new public housing flats will be built in the Central Business District (CBD) has emerged after the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched its Draft Master Plan last month. A key part of the plan were incentive schemes to nudge developers to turn ageing offices into homes and hotels.

The URA revealed plans to add 20,000 homes in the Central Area, which the CBD is a part of. This is almost 40 per cent more than the current 51,706 homes there, which also includes the Outram, River Valley and Orchard areas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'More HDB flats in the CBD?'. Print Edition | Subscribe