Zhongshan Park to boost tourism in BalestierBy Lip Kwok Wai, Melissa Chong | Posted: 15 December 2012 2328 hrs
SINGAPORE: The Balestier area is set to get a boost from the new Zhongshan Park development.The project, which boasts two hotels, a mall and an office tower, is almost complete.The project is a stroll away from the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and is expected to boost tourism in the area.70 per cent of the retail space has already been rented out.The development will be ready by March next year.- CNA/xq
-- Edited by ProTaxi on Sunday 16th of December 2012 10:17:52 PM
I bypassed the site at Balestier Road & Jalan Ah Hood that day, and realized that the hoarding has been put up around the designated Zhong Shan Park. Not sure if you could recall, the land was released under Government land sales early 2008. I believe the project was put on hold for a period of time due to the economy downturn. However it seems that the site is going to kick start the project soon.
The site is of 4.6 hectares, is located across from the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorical Hall. As the name Zhong Shan Park suggests, it is named after the Sun Yat Sen in Chinese. The site is zoned as hotel site, having gross floor area of 425,942 square feet, which can potentially yield some 675 hotel rooms. 4,844 square feet of space in the public park can be used for outdoor refreshment areas and tea pavilions.
Property developer Hiap Hoe has put in the top bid of S$73.3 million for a hotel site in Year 2008. The price works out to S$172 per square foot per plot ratio for the 99-year leasehold site. As illustrated in the artist impression on the hoarding, the development will be providing a strong linkage to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyng Memorical Hall, through apublic greenpark with water body. It seems to be an exciting project, which may revitalize the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorical Hall.
Currently the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorical Hall is pretty deserted even during the weekend. I thought this is quite a waste, given that the place is pretty lovely with the garden and good architecture. Maybe one suggestion to the board, we should waive the entrance fee and make it a place for the nearby residents to gather and enjoy.
Given the excitement commencing at the Zhong Shan Park, it is no surprise that the property at the area has been excelling in its transactions. Not to forget that Balestier Road is also known for its delicious local fares, such as Tau Sar Pia and Bak Kut Teh, that are tucked away in shophouses that line the road.
By Mark Elliott, 11 July 2012, Wednesday 5:11 AM
An artist¡¯s impression of the Zhongshan Park development
Wyndham Hotel Group has unveiled plans to add new properties in Singapore.
The company will open its new 405-room Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park in December 2012 and the 384-room Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park in February 2013.
The company has also appointed 30-year industry veteran Tony Cousens as General Manager of the two properties. Cousens previously managed the renovation and relaunch of the Marina Mandarin Singapore in 2005.
¡°I am confident that we have a very strong and competent management team that will provide inspiring leadership and service when our hotels open. Our immediate task now is to recruit associates to join us as part of our pre-opening team for both hotels. We are looking for people who will come and shape the future of the two international hotels within the Wyndham family in Singapore,¡± said Cousens.
Singapore¡¯s new Zhongshan Park development is currently under construction near Balestier Road, and according to Wyndham, the Days Hotel and the Ramada properties will offer ¡°the distinctive opportunity to stay next to a heritage park, a shopping mall and be within stone¡¯s throw away from over a dozen cafes, restaurants and pubs serving a mix of local Asian and Western cuisine C all in one single destination¡±.
Cousens added; ¡°We expect the new development at Zhongshan Park, once completely opened in March 2013, to transform the landscape and skyline of Balestier. This is a vibrant landmark development at the heart of Singapore.¡±
Sounds like some wine name in aust!