Residents in Yishun can look forward to the development of Northpoint City, the latest addition to the rising number of integrated developments in Singapore's suburbs.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam unveiled the latest development by Frasers Centrpoint Limited at the Northpoint City exhibition in Northpoint Shopping Centre this afternoon.
With a full integration of public shopping malls and private residential estates, the Yishun community is set to transform into a vibrant hub for its residents.
Although it is not slated to be completed until 2018, here are three things to know about the upcoming Northpoint City and what exciting things we can expect.
1. It will feature Singapore's first Community Club in a shopping mall
Northpoint City will feature Singapore's first Community Club located in a shopping mall, Nee Soon Central Community Club. It is also the first Community Club to be fully air-conditioned, moving from a "void deck CC" to a "lifestyle CC", a name penned by the People's Association (PA).
The idea was first suggested by Nee Soon Central MP Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. The Community Club will offer programmes that the PA says will "promote community and intergenerational bonding".
Residents, especially the elderly, will be able to relax in an air-conditioned environment. PA's chief executive director Ang Hak Seng had also promised that there will be no additional costs to the residents for activity fees held in the Community Club.
2. It will fully integrate public and private spaces
Residents will soon be able to shop right at their doorsteps with the integration of commercial and residential spaces in Northpoint City.
The whole development will run like a dynamic self-sufficient town. Northpoint Shopping Centre, the largest mall in the North of Singapore, as well as the new shopping centre to be built across the street from it, will provide an array of shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities.
A residential development will also be integrated into the commercial and retail spaces of the shopping malls, allowing residents greater convenience and transforming the area into an exciting place to live in.
3. It will feature a shopping underpass leading to the MRT station
There will be a shopping underpass that leads from Northpoint City to Yishun MRT station, the town garden and surrounding amenities, so residents can now make their walk to the station a more exciting and vibrant one.
Additionally, with an air-conditioned bus interchange in Northpoint city, residents can comfortably wait for their buses without going out into the heat.
These latest developments will help to create seamless connectivity and greater accessibility for residents living in the area.