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

CDL and Mitsui Fudosan sent a $1.107 billion attempt for the 164,439 sq ft location, which translates to $1,202 psf per plot ratio (ppr). The place has a story ratio of 5.6 and is zoned residence with industrial on the first floor. The brand-new development could yield as much as 1,170 new non commercial units. This is likewise the very first site launched by the government that featured units under the new long-term serviced residence program.

Mark Yip, CEO of Huttons Asia, says that the eye-watering cost for the spot is a “significant commitment in the face of high rate of interest. Taking into consideration these dangers, the quote of $1,202 psf ppr is reasonable”.

Tan predicts that the new project may see a potential launch start-off rate of just under S$ 2,000 psf. “As the Upper Thomson Road Parcel B area would certainly be the initial in a relatively pristine area without high-rise homes, there is some very first mover advantage in a beautiful district,” she says.

The CDL-Mitsui Fudosan JV was the only one to submit a quote for the Zion Road site when the tender closed on April 4. Similarly, the GuocoLand-Hong Leong JV even sent the sole proposal for the Upper Thomson Road GLS location when that tender closed on April 4. Eugene Lim, crucial executive officer, period Singapore, commented that both GLS spots are relatively ‘untested’. “The government might have considered the tender costs sent for these sites to be affordable, regarding the hazards that these programmers are prepared to tackle,” he explains.

Meanwhile, the GuocoLand-Hong Leong JV submitted a quote of $779.6 million for the 344,700 sq ft site near Upper Thomson Road. The price converts to $905 psf ppr.

The JV partners have already indicated that they plan to develop the site into a mixed-use property making up two non commercial blocks, one that is 69 storeys and the other 64 storeys, with about 740 residential systems up for sale in total. The organized project is going to also consist of a retail platform, and a 35-storey block with about 290 rental house units.

Wong Siew Ying, head of research and content at PropNex Realty, notes that although the land costs were below market assumptions URA likely considered various other elements in assessing the proposals. “For instance, the Upper Thomson Roadway plot being in a fairly untried new real estate district, and the Zion Roadway plot being the very first development to make up the long-stay serviced flats,” she claims.

URA has recently allocated the tender for 2 recently closed government land sale (GLS) sites. A non commercial spot at Zion Road was awarded to a shared venture (JV) amongst City Developments Ltd (CDL) and Mitsui Fudosan, whilst a several GLS location at Upper Thomson Roadway was granted to a JV among GuocoLand and Hong Leong Holdings.

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” At a land price of S$ 1,202 psf ppr, the breakeven expense can perhaps extend in between S$ 2,400 psf and S$ 2,600 psf basing on technical, material and design considerations, with launch prices starting from S$ 2,700 psf,” says Alice Tan, head of consultancy at Knight Frank Singapore. She adds that the brand-new development can launch at approximately S$ 3,000 psf and this price would certainly not just be tasty, yet appealing for Singaporean buyers and permanent homeowners, whether for job or financial investment.

This was echoed by Tricia Song, head of study, Singapore and Southeast Asia, CBRE. She mentions that the offer for the Zion Road site is a “substantial” 30% less than the equivalent land parcel throughout the road, which has been become the 455-unit Riviere. “The approval of the lower-than-expected bid price regardless of its being the sole proposal, is an acknowledgment that market problems have actually altered over the previous 5-6 years since the bordering location was granted, given factors such as increased ABSD, greater building expenses, financing prices, in addition to risk premium for the (long-stay serviced apartments) part which is a brand-new asset course,” declares Tune.

According to a GuocoLand speaker: “The Upper Thomson Road spot is located in an exclusive landed housing spot, comparable to the Lentor Hills estate which we have established as a brand-new premium private residence estate through our projects such as Lentor Modern and Lentor Mansion. We are delighted to have the opportunity to uplift another brand-new neighbourhood at Springleaf via our placemaking capacities. The future growth, which is offered by the Springleaf MRT terminal on the Thomson-East Coast Line, are going to have about 940 units.”

The $905 psf ppr bid placed in by GuocoLand-Hong Leong is “fair” as it is a much bigger area compared to the Zion Roadway plot, states Yip, adding in: “Hence the quantum is larger, and with a bigger quantum the risks are similarly bigger also”.

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