Choa Chu Kang to get its first hawker centre, more recreational spaces & cycling paths

Rejoice, Choa Chu Kang residents.

Ruth Chai | October 15, 2023, 06:45 PM



Choa Chu Kang will be getting a makeover with new mixed-use developments, recreational spaces and better connectivity to support green commuting, the Housing & Development Board (HDB) said on Oct. 15.

This is part of the Remaking Our Heartlands programme.

Choa Chu Kang comprises several neighbourhoods, including Yew Tee, Keat Hong, and Teck Whye where the town’s first HDB flats were completed in 1977.

The mixed-use developments, to be located next to the Choa Chu Kang and Yew Tee MRT stations, will offer added commercial, dining and transport options.

New active spaces across the town will also provide more recreation options for residents, enabling them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

New mixed-use developments

A new hawker centre, additional food and beverage outlets, as well as a new pedestrian mall will be added to provide residents with more dining and retail options.

A new town plaza with fans and seating area will be added to provide a comfortable and conducive space for events such as performances, festive bazaars and fitness activities.

A new Integrated Transport Hub will be built next to the existing Choa Chu Kang MRT station.

The new Choa Chu Kang MRT station on the upcoming Jurong Region Line will be completed in 2027 as part of Phase 1 of the rail line.

It will connect residents to key places in the west such as Jurong Lake District, Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), when fully completed in 2029.

Photo via HDB

Photo via HDB

Yew Tee integrated development

To be completed in 2027, the upcoming Heart of Yew Tee integrated development will offer housing options for seniors, as well as social, commercial and healthcare facilities.

The project comprises a 10-storey residential block linked to a six-storey commercial block.

The facilities include Choa Chu Kang’s inaugural hawker centre, a community club, a polyclinic, a kidney dialysis centre, retail shops, and a community plaza for various community activities.

Photo via MKPL Architects

New green and active spaces

The National Parks Board (NParks) will upgrade Choa Chu Kang Park, the largest park in the town, to provide improved community and landscaped spaces.

This will reinforce its position as an important recreational space for the community and provides visual respite amidst the urban landscape.

There will also be a new nature playgarden which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory experience and promote experiential learning for children.

Photo via NParks

The greenery will also extend to beyond the Choa Chu Kang Park into the town centre to introduce greenery both indoors and outdoors through landscaping and rooftop greenery.

Sungei Peng Siang and Pang Sua Canal

Sungei Peng Siang will be enhanced with more greenery to provide a scenic and restorative route for those jogging or walking along the canal.

Photo via HDB

Pang Sua Canal, another popular recreational route peppered with fitness facilities and fishing decks, will also see more greenery.

Photo via HDB

This is in addition to enhancements to the access points along the canal and new nodal spaces along the park connector, which will be added by NParks to boost vibrancy.

Villa Verde Park

At Villa Verde Park, a new extension beneath the Kranji Expressway (KJE) viaduct is being developed by NParks to optimise the space for greenery and recreation.

Photo via NParks

Meanwhile, more nature ways within the town will also help to promote ecological connectivity.

Rail Green I and II @ CCK

New housing developments Rail Green I and II @ CCK will be integrated with their natural surroundings, due to their proximity to existing greenery and the Rail Corridor.

With the Rail Corridor running along and through the two projects, the blocks along the Corridor will be orientated such that there are pockets of social communal spaces, as well as fitness corners and shelters that facilitate community interaction and bonding.

Photo via HDB

Recreational spaces

Various social and recreational spaces will be introduced along selected sections of the North-South Line MRT viaduct which runs through the town.

The new Activity Corridor, extending southwards from the KJE, includes a combination of active and play areas, as well as tranquil spaces with enhanced landscaping for residents’ well-being.

Photo via HDB

The Yew Tee Lifestyle Corridor, which stretches from the Pang Sua canal to Yew Tee MRT station, will include a new water play feature and large community pavilion.

The Limbang Green Spine, which extends southwards from Yew Tee MRT station to Limbang Park, includes new fitness equipment, in addition to rest areas and sheltered linkways.

A Wellness Zone, comprising a myriad of recreational spaces in close proximity, will be located within the Brickland and Keat Hong estates, to enhance residents’ well-being.

It will be home to a range of sports facilities such as new BMX cycling paths, a new Brickland Sport-in-Precinct facility which will house a sheltered basketball court, multi-generational fitness corners and a playground, and the existing running track and sports complex at ITE College West.

Greener commuting

Upcoming cycling paths which will complement the existing rail corridor and park connector network will improve pedestrian and cycling connectivity,

An 80-metre-long stretch of road along Choa Chu Kang Terrace, in front of Sunshine Place, will be closed to traffic and pedestrianised, to provide safer and more comfortable pedestrian access to Sunshine Place.

Photo via LTA

To make commuting easier and safer for senior residents, Silver Zones will be designated at Choa Chu Kang Crescent and Choa Chu Kang Street 51.

These Silver Zones will have road safety elements to encourage motorists to drive slower and look out for pedestrians. They also feature more crossing points to improve the walking experience for senior pedestrians.

According to HDB, the renewal plans will be implemented within five to 10 years.

Top photo via HDB