URA awards Zion Road site to CDL-Mitsui Fudosan JV, and Upper Thomson Road site to GuocoLand-Hong Leong JV

URA has awarded the tender for 2 just recently closed government land sale (GLS) spots. A housing spot at Zion Road was awarded to a shared project (JV) amongst City Developments Ltd (CDL) and Mitsui Fudosan, while a several GLS location at Upper Thomson Roadway was granted to a JV within GuocoLand and Hong Leong Holdings.

According to a GuocoLand spokesperson: “The Upper Thomson Road spot is located in an exclusive landed housing area, comparable to the Lentor Hills estate which we have established as a brand-new premium personal non commercial estate with our projects such as Lentor Modern and Lentor Mansion. We are delighted to have the chance to boost another brand-new area at Springleaf via our placemaking capacities. The future advancement, which is offered by the Springleaf MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line, are going to have about 940 units.”

Wong Siew Ying, head of research and content at PropNex Realty, mentions that although the land fees were listed below market expectations URA likely thought of other aspects in analyzing the proposals. “For example, the Upper Thomson Road plot being in a fairly untested brand-new housing precinct, and the Zion Road story being the very first development to consist of the long-stay serviced condos,” she says.

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The $905 psf ppr bid put in by GuocoLand-Hong Leong is “reasonable” as it is a much larger site compared to the Zion Road plot, states Yip, adding in: “Hence the quantum is larger, and with a larger quantum the possibilities are similarly bigger also”.

Meanwhile, the GuocoLand-Hong Leong JV submitted a quote of $779.6 million for the 344,700 sq ft place around Upper Thomson Road. The rate equates to $905 psf ppr.

The CDL-Mitsui Fudosan JV was the only one to send a bid for the Zion Road site the moment the tender closed up on April 4. Likewise, the GuocoLand-Hong Leong JV even handed in the single bid for the Upper Thomson Road GLS location when that tender closed on April 4. Eugene Lim, essential executive officer, ERA Singapore, commented that both GLS spots are reasonably ‘untested’. “The state may have thought about the tender costs provided for these spots to be practical, regarding the problems that these programmers are prepared to take on,” he states.

CDL and Mitsui Fudosan submitted a $1.107 billion offer for the 164,439 sq ft site, which converts to $1,202 psf per plot ratio (ppr). The place has a plot ratio of 5.6 and is zoned residential with business on the first storey. The brand-new project can produce as much as 1,170 new home units. This is also the first site launched by the government that included units under the new long-term serviced condominium scheme.

Mark Yip, CEO of Huttons Asia, states that the eye-watering rate for the location is a “substantial dedication in the face of high rate of interest. Taking into consideration these threats, the quote of $1,202 psf ppr is fair”.

This was reiterated by Tricia Song, head of research study, Singapore and Southeast Asia, CBRE. She mentions that the quote for the Zion Road location is a “significant” 30% less than the equivalent land parcel throughout the road, which has been developed into the 455-unit Riviere. “The acceptance of the lower-than-expected bid price regardless of its being the sole bid, is a recognition that market conditions have actually changed over the past 5-6 years since the neighboring location was awarded, given factors such as enhanced ABSD, higher building expenses, financing costs, along with risk premium for the (long-stay serviced residences) component which is a brand-new property course,” says Tune.

The JV associates have previously indicated that they plan to create the site right into a mixed-use development consisting of 2 housing blocks, one that is 69 storeys and the other 64 storeys, with about 740 home systems offer for sale in overall. The scheduled project will also comprise a retail podium, and a 35-storey block with regarding 290 rental home units.

” At a land cost of S$ 1,202 psf ppr, the breakeven expense could possibly vary between S$ 2,400 psf and S$ 2,600 psf basing on technical, material and design factors, with launch costs beginning with S$ 2,700 psf,” says Alice Tan, head of consultancy at Knight Frank Singapore. She adds that the brand-new project could go for around S$ 3,000 psf and this price would not only be tasty, however attractive for Singaporean property buyers and irreversible locals, whether for work or financial investment.

Tan predicts that the new project could see a possible launch start-off cost of merely under S$ 2,000 psf. “As the Upper Thomson Roadway Parcel B site would be the very first in a relatively undeveloped location without skyscraper houses, there is some first mover benefits in a beautiful district,” she says.

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