Tanglin Halt: From old to gold

By Ruth Loh / EdgeProp | May 3, 2019 2:35 PM SGT
The little township of Tanglin Halt sits on the cusp of Queenstown, flanked by Commonwealth MRT Station and Portsdown Flyover. Its first occupants moved in during the 1960s—Tanglin Halt’s flats were completed between 1962 and 1963—and its atmosphere is best described as exuding the original kampong spirit. With communal planting patches rioting all along the grassy plots demarcating each block, Tanglin Halt is an instant reminder of the old days in Singapore, when matriarchs brewed soup over diligently fanned charcoal fires and children climbed trees, played with marbles, and had no idea what online streaming was.

Tanglin Halt: From old to gold

The little township of Tanglin Halt sits on the cusp of Queenstown, flanked by Commonwealth MRT Station and Portsdown Flyover. Its first occupants moved in during the 1960s—Tanglin Halt’s flats were completed between 1962 and 1963—and its atmosphere is best described as exuding the original kampong spirit. With communal planting patches rioting all along the grassy plots demarcating each block, Tanglin Halt is an instant reminder of the old days in Singapore, when matriarchs brewed soup over diligently fanned charcoal fires and children climbed trees, played with marbles, and had no idea what online streaming was.
One of the Tanglin Halt blocks. Photo courtesy of Ruth Low
But progress stops for no one, not even Tanglin Halt. In June 2014, HDB put its biggest Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) plan into action. This SERS project consists of 31 blocks comprising 3,480 flats, including a selection of blocks along Commonwealth Drive. The HDB owner’s en bloc
Introduced in 1995, SERS has been called the HDB owner’s en bloc sale. To date, only 4% of HDB flats—a little more than 80 sites—have been selected for redevelopment, and HDB estimates only 5% of flats are suitable for SERS. Not all early-generation flats nearing the halfway mark of the typical HDB unit’s 99-year tenure are slated for rejuvenation. For those that are, however, existing owners are paid a
compensation fee based on market value and then given the option to select a new HDB flat in a government-chosen location.
Tanglin Halt is the poster...