Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tampines Site: Sole Bid Rejected

Source : The Straits Times, August 27, 2008

THE sole bid for a Tampines condominium site overlooking Bedok Reservoir has been shot down for being too low.

Boon Keng Development's optimistic offer of $84.6 million, or $118 per sq ft (psf), for the site was just not enough, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday.

Consultants were not surprised that the bid was rejected.

They had previously said that anything from $150 to $230 psf would have been more reasonable as apartments on the 3.2ha site could sell for up to $700 psf.

According to Knight Frank's director of research and consultancy, Mr Nicholas Mak: 'If the Government had accepted it, it would be taken as a signal that it is lowering its reserve price for all other sites.

'Or (a signal) the Government is of the opinion that the land price has fallen to the same level as that during the 1998 recession.

'Even then, the last piece of government land sold in 1997 before site tenders were suspended because of the recession was $171 psf for a piece of land at Hougang Street 11.

'So it was too optimistic to expect the government to award this bid.'

The tender for the 99-year residential site at the junction of Tampines Avenue 1 and 10 was launched on June 17 and closed on Aug 12.

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