For a long time some of Singapore’s ageing baby boomers have said what Singapore needs are retirement villages like the ones you see in developed countries. They provide housing as well as a range of amenities for older people, who get to live in a purpose-built community of their own.
Now it is going to happen, with a pilot project coming up in Jalan Jurong Kechil.
Property developer World Class Land, a subsidiary of the Aspial jewellery group, is building a retirement village on a plot roughly the size of 1 1/2 football fields.
It won a tender last November by offering close to $75 million for the 60-year leasehold land. Details about the number and size of units, and the price, are still being worked out and will be announced later, a spokesman for the company said.
According to tender documents, the project has to be completed by November in 2017.
The news made a group of ageing citizens happy, because they have been lobbying hard, writing to ministers and developers to say they would like to live in a retirement village, if only there was one.
“We have been waiting for this for so long and our hopes were fading,” said Dr Ambika Sarah Dharan, 64, a semi-retired doctor who has gathered 150 like-minded senior citizens to the cause. “This is the biggest piece of news I have heard this year.”