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The Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme, or SERS for short, is an urban redevelopment strategy employed by the Housing and Development Board in Singapore in maintaining and upgrading public housing flats in older estates in the city-state. Launched in August 1995, it involves a small selection of specific precincts in older estates which undergo demolition and redevelopment to optimise land use, as opposed to upgrading of existing flats via the Main Upgrading and Interim Upgrading Programmes. To date, 74 SERS sites have been announced, of which 65 were completed.

All residents displaced by the redevelopment works are offered a new 99-year lease in new flats constructed nearby. These residents have the privilege to select their units prior to public release of the remaining units, are compensated financially, and are given subsidised prices for their new flats. The scheme also gives residents the opportunity to continue living near their kin and neighbours, thereby retaining kinship bonds and strengthening community ties.

The Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme has attracted opposition and controversy. The national government has power, under the Land Acquisitions Act of 1966, to carry out the Selective En Bloc scheme.[1] This power invokes the principle of eminent domain as with most urban redevelopment projects. Amendments to the Land Titles Act passed in 1999 allowed housing estates to be sold against some apartment owners' will if the majority of the owners are in favour of the sale.[2] This invokes concerns of majoritarianism.

Other demolished sitesEdit

  • 17 April 1994 – Block 140 Bedok North Avenue 3
  • 20 July 1994 – Blk 115 Hu Ching Road
  • 5 August 1994 – Blk 120/121 Kim Tian Road
  • 17 September 1994 – Blk 9–17 Petain Road/Sturdee Road
  • 12 May 1995 – Block 33 to 37, 42 to 45 Prince Philip Avenue
  • 26 May 1995 – Blk 38/39/40/41/46/47 Prince Philip Avenue
  • 1 March 1996 – Blk 141A Toa Payoh Lorong 2
  • 29 March 1996 – Blk 11 Kallang
  • 20 September 1996 – Blk 139 Kim Tian Road
  • 27 December 1996 – Blk 46, 48, 50 Strathmore Avenue
  • 25 July 1997 – Blk 5 New Bridge Road
  • 6 June 1998 – Blk 21 Flanders Square
  • 9 October 1998 – Blk 63–66 Toa Payoh East
  • 30 April 1999 – Blk 25 and 26 Jalan Membina, Lengkok Bahru
  • 18 June 1999 – Blk 102 and 103 Whampoa Drive
  • 5 November 1999 – Blk 1 Tew Chew Street
  • 3 March 2000 – Blk 3 Upper Pickering Street
  • 21 April 2000 – Blk 63–67, 75, 68–69 Queenstown
  • 9 June 2000 – Blk 75 Redhill Road
  • 23 June 2000 – Blk 6A/6B Margaret Drive
  • 7 July 2000 – Blk 6 and 7 Chai Chee Road
  • 1 September 2000 – Blk 139 to 141 Corporation Drive/142 to 145 Hu Ching Road
  • 8 September 2000 – Blk 110 New Bridge Road
  • 5 November 2000 – Blk 5 Geylang Square
  • 26 December 2000 – Blk 109 Depot Road
  • 5 April 2002 – Blk 30/39 Kim Pong Road and Blk 31/40/51 Kim Tian Road

List of SERS sitesEdit

AnnouncementTown/EstateAffected Block(s)Replacement Block(s)Status
Street(s)Block(s)Street(s)Block(s)
22 August 1995Bukit MerahBoon Tiong Road / Tiong Bahru Road2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13Boon Tiong Road2A, 2CCompleted (1999)
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16Boon Tiong Road4A, 8A, 8BCompleted (1999)
1 September 1995Toa PayohLorong 2 Toa Payoh145, 147, 151, 152Lorong 2 Toa Payoh141, 153-156ACompleted (1999)
8 November 1995Bukit MerahDepot Road103, 110, 111Depot Road103A-106BCompleted (1999)
105, 107, 112Depot Road109A-112CCompleted (1999)
8 February 1996Bukit MerahRedhill Road67, 77Lengkok Bahru / Redhill Road63A-64, 68-70ACompleted (2001)
71, 72Redhill Road73-77ACompleted (2001)
30 April 1996QueenstownForfar House / Margaret Drive39, 6A, 6BStirling Road181–184Completed (2001)
28 May 1996BedokChai Chee Road6, 7Chai Chee Road10–11Completed (2001)
8 February 1996Ang Mo KioAng Mo Kio Avenue 1309, 315, 316Ang Mo Kio Street 32350-354ACompleted (2000)
307, 308Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1309A-316BCompleted (2000)
9 September 1996Jurong WestCorporation Drive / Hu Ching Road139–145Yung Sheng Road177–180, 184Completed (2001)
5 December 1996QueenstownHolland Drive18, 19Strathmore Avenue55, 56Completed (2001)
17 February 1997Toa PayohLorong 2 Toa Payoh89Lorong 2 Toa Payoh141–145Completed (2002)
17 February 1997Toa PayohToa Payoh Central79Lorong 2 Toa Payoh141–145Completed (2002)
17 February 1997Ang Mo KioAng Mo Kio Avenue 10454–455Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3700 – 700CCompleted (2002)
17 February 1997Tiong BahruNile Road51, 53, 54Kim Tian Road119 – 119DCompleted (2002)
17 February 1997Tiong BahruKim Tian Road126, 127Kim Tian Road129 – 131CCompleted (2002)
25 April 1997Ang Mo KioAng Mo Kio Avenue 3580–582Ang Mo Kio Street 52 (Cheng San City View)596A – 596DCompleted (2002)
25 April 1997DoverDover Crescent24, 28Dover Rise17–23Completed (2002)
25 April 1997Little IndiaSyed Alwi Road3, 4, 5Jellicoe Road813–817Completed (2002)
17 October 1997Taman JurongTah Ching Road135–138Yung Sheng Road178–184Completed (2002)
17 October 1997ClementiClementi Avenue 3439–440Clementi Avenue 3454 – 462ACompleted (2002)
17 October 1997Tiong BahruAlexandra Road/Tiong Bahru Road136 – 140, 137A, 142, 145Jalan Membina18–23Completed (2002)
13 February 1998Jurong East New Town (Teban Gardens)Teban Gardens Road12–23, 26–29Teban Gardens Road60, 62–65Completed (2003)
13 February 1998Telok BlangahTelok Blangah Drive78, 80–81Telok Blangah Drive44–48Completed (2003)
21 July 1998BugisShort Street/ Prinsep Street1–7, 11–13Gloucester Road11–15Completed (2003)
21 July 1998Outram ParkOutram Park21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29Cantonment Link (Cantonment Towers)8–13Completed (2003)
7 October 1998Tiong BahruLower Delta Road102, 103Jalan Membina118A – 118DCompleted (2003)
7 October 1998Lim Chu KangLim Chu Kang Road3, 4 and 5Boon Lay Drive268 – 268CCompleted (2004)
7 October 1998Tiong BahruJalan Membina Barat24, 31, 32Kim Tian Road118A – 118DCompleted (2004)
7 October 1998AljuniedUpper Aljunied Lane1Pine Close1Completed (2004)
21 March 1999LavenderTronoh Road7, 8McNair Road108C, 108DCompleted (2004)
21 March 1999HillviewHillview Avenue1–8, 10–12, 14Bukit Batok West Avenue 5383–395Completed (2005)
29 October 1999MountbattenDakota Crescent68, 70, 72Jalan Tiga39, 43, 45, 47, 49Completed (2005)
29 October 1999Toa PayohLorong 1A Toa Payoh136, 137, 140Lorong 2 Toa Payoh145, 146, 151, 152Completed (2005)
29 October 1999Toa PayohLorong 1 Toa Payoh164–167Lorong 2 Toa Payoh147 – 147BCompleted (2005)
20 February 2000BedokBedok North Road83Bedok North Avenue 494B – 94ECompleted (2005)
20 February 2000SengkangBuangkok South Farmway1, 2, 5, 206 and 207Compassvale Lane207A – 207DCompleted (2005)
20 February 2000SembawangSembawang Road1–5Wellington Circle508A – 510BCompleted (2005)
30 July 2000Telok BlangahTelok Blangah Heights70–71Telok Blangah Heights85–88Completed (2005)
30 July 2000Outram ParkOutram Hill14–16Cantonment Road16–20Completed (2005)
12 August 2000ClementiClementi Avenue 4311–314Clementi Avenue 3457, 459, 461, 462Completed (2005)
17 February 2001QueenstownStirling Road172, 173, 174 and 175Clarence Road128–133Completed (2005)
17 February 2001QueenstownMargaret Drive96Clarence Road128–133Completed (2005)
3 March 2001SeletarSeletar West Farmway 61, 2, 5, 6, 7Fernvale Lane403A – 405CCompleted (2005)
3 March 2001SeletarSeletar Road1–4Completed (2005)
11 March 2001Upper Boon KengUpper Boon Keng Road6, 8, 9 and 10Lorong 3 Geylang2A – 3D, 5Completed (2005)
13 January 2003QueenstownTanglin Halt Road50–54Tanglin Halt Road88 – 91ACompleted (2013)
13 January 2003QueenstownCommonwealth Drive57, 61, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 73Commonwealth Drive (Commonwealth 10)50–54Completed (2013)
15 January 2003Toa PayohLorong 5/6 Toa Payoh28, 30, 32, 33Toa Payoh Central78A – 79DCompleted (2013)
20 February 2003Geylang SeraiGeylang Serai1, 2, 3Eunos Crescent31–36Completed (2007)
24 February 2003Tiong BahruHavelock Road/Taman Ho Swee29, 31, 33Jalan Membina25A-25B, 26A-26D, 27A-27BCompleted (2013)
16 July 2004BedokBedok South Ave 346–50Bedok Central219A-219D, 220A-220C, 221A-221CCompleted (2008)
19 July 2004DoverDover Road30–32, 34–39Dover Crescent28A-DCompleted (2008)
28 July 2004Taman JurongTao Ching Road103, 105Tah Ching Road337A – 338DCompleted (2008)
28 March 2005ClementiClementi Avenue 3436–438, 445Clementi Ave 3 (Clementi Central)441A-441BCompleted (2013)
21 April 2005HollandHolland Avenue/Drive14–17, 22–23Holland Drive18A – 18DCompleted (2013)
25 November 2005KallangUpper Boon Keng Road20Upper Boon Keng Road5ACompleted (2013)
25 November 2005Geylang WestSims Drive54, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62Bendemeer Road38A, 38B, 38C, 38D and 39ACompleted (2013)
29 December 2005CommonwealthCommonwealth Avenue27A, 39AStrathmore Avenue61A, 61B, 61C, 62A, 62BCompleted (2013)
29 December 2005QueenstownMargaret Drive6CStrathmore Avenue61A, 61B, 61C, 62A, 62BCompleted (2013)
22 March 2006Boon LayBoon Lay Drive180–182, 184Jurong West Street 64675A – 678DCompleted (2013)
22 March 2006Boon LayBoon Lay Avenue216–217, 219–220Jurong West Street 93986A – 990CCompleted (2013)
22 March 2006Taman JurongYung Ping/Yung Kuang Road5–10Kang Ching Road337A-D, 338A-B, 339A-DCompleted (2013)
21 April 2006HavelockZion Road88–92Havelock Road (Havelock View)52–58Completed (2013)
22 June 2006Ang Mo KioAng Mo Kio Ave 2, 3, 4246–252Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Teck Ghee Vista)307A-D, 308A-B, 309A, 310A-DCompleted (2013)
8 December 2006Ghim MohGhim Moh Road9–12, 9A, 12AGhim Moh Link (Ghim Moh Valley)22–28Completed (2013)
23 February 2007Bukit MerahSilat Walk/Silat Road/Kampong Bahru17–19, 22–31Kim Tian Road (Kim Tian Green)126A-126C, 127A-127DCompleted (2014)
23 February 2007Bukit MerahHenderson Road94, 96Kim Tian Road (Kim Tian Green);126A-126C, 127A-127DCompleted (2014)
28 June 2007ClementiClementi Ave 1401–404, 407–409Clementi Ave 1 (Casa Clementi)416–426Completed (2014)
12 July 2007Jurong East New Town (Teban Gardens)Teban Gardens Road2–11Teban Gardens Road (Teban Vista)20–23Completed (2014)
8 August 2008CommonwealthCommonwealth Drive74–79Commonwealth Drive (Commonwealth 10)50–53Completed (2015)
8 November 2009Bukit MerahBukit Merah View110, 111, 113, 114Boon Tiong Road (Tiong Bahru View)9A-9C,10A-10B,11BCompleted (2015)
13 February 2011ClementiClementi Ave 5321, 322, 323Clementi Ave 3 (Clementi Cascadia)440A-CIn Progress
9 November 2011East CoastEast Coast Road1, 2, 3, 4Chai Chee Road (Ping Yi Greens)807A-C, 808A-CCompleted (2015)
15 November 2011CentralRochor Road1, 2, 3, 4Upper Boon Keng Rd (Kallang Trivista)8A-CCompleted (2015)
3 December 2011RedhillRedhill Close1–3, 5–22Henderson Rd (City Vue @ Henderson)95A-C, 96A-BIn Progress
29 December 2011Jurong WestBoon Lay Drive167–172Jurong West Central (Jurong West Blossom)697A-C, 698A-CIn Progress
25 June 2012WoodlandsWoodlands Centre Road1A, 2AWoodlands Drive 70717A-CIn Progress
27 June 2014CommonwealthTanglin Halt Road24–38, 40–45Margaret Drive30 - 45AAnnounced
Dawson Road94 - 96BAnnounced
27 June 2014CommonwealthCommonwealth Drive55, 56, 58–60, 62–66Strathmore Avenue53B & 53C, 78 - 78DAnnounced

Future SERS SitesEdit

The planned relocation of Paya Lebar Airbase to Changi Airbase in early 2026 will free up an area bigger than Bishan and Toa Payoh - around 800 ha - for new homes, offices, and factories. Some parcels of land could be allocated for future SERS sites, with 40-storey to 70-storey blocks.

References and notesEdit

  1. Singapore Statutes OnLine Land Acquisition Act, Cap. 152. Accessed 12 February 2006.
  2. Alice Christudason, (2 July 2004). Private sector housing redevelopment in Singapore: A review of the effectiveness of radical strata title legislation. Accessed 12 February 2006.

External linksEdit

Template:Public housing in Singapore

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