Reinventing Jurong East as future second CBD and tourist hotspot

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In three decades, the Jurong Lake District (JLD), spanning 360ha, will hire 100,000 more people, house 20,000 more homes and become a key tourist destination. It will act as the second CBD in Singapore, with an expanse of recreation, entertainment and retail options. The Singapore government has touted it to become “a bustling district day and night, seven days a week” on its dedicated website. Today, it already has a large residential catchment, four million sq ft of business park space and 1.5 million sq ft of Grade-A office space.
Greenery and natural landscape are key to the district. To that end, the JLD will eventually boast 100ha of green spaces, 70ha of water bodies, and 17km of waterfront areas. Green spaces will be connected by an extensive park connector and cycling network that will link neighbouring residential areas together, says the URA.
Ease of mobility will also be a strength. This will be achieved by catering more spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, according to URA. “New MRT lines and bus routes, facilitated by bus-only corridors, will form the backbone of the [public transport] system,” it explains. In fact, the JLD will be so well-connected that each development will be no more than a three-to-five minutes’ walk from an MRT station or bus stop. URA is targeting for 85% of all trips in the JLD to be made by public transport. In contrast, only 75% of trips in the city centre are made on public transport now.

Jurong Gateway

Plans to develop the JLD as Singapore’s second CBD was first announced in URA’s 2008 Master Plan. This second CBD was carved out from the immediate vicinity around Jurong East MRT Station. This includes the current Jurong Gateway that comprises mixed-use commercial developments such as JEM, Westgate, J Cube, IMM and Big Box.
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