SINGAPORE — Pasir Ris executive condo residents such as those from Sea Horizon EC can look forward to the town’s first hawker centre by the first half of 2017, and it will be the second in Singapore, after East Coast Lagoon Food Village, to be located within a park.
The 45-stall food centre to be situated in Pasir Ris Town Park, beside the town’s sports and recreation centre, will accommodate 800 people and will be a stone’s throw from the Pasir Ris MRT station and bus interchange.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who officiated its ground-breaking ceremony today (July 19), said it will “be able to provide affordable food options” for residents while allowing them to enjoy views of the surrounding green spaces.
The two-storey food centre is expected to be family-friendly, with diaper-changing and nursing rooms as well as lowered seating for children and the elderly.
Besides a car park, there will be 60 bicycle lots to complement a new cycling path that will lead cyclists right up to the hawker centre.
Mr Teo, who is a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol, told residents also that additional rejuvenation plans are in the pipeline for Pasir Ris.
The Neighourhood Renewal Programme will spruce up estates, and the authorities are looking into residents’ suggestions of an integrated town hub for Pasir Ris, he said.
Residents whom TODAY spoke to hoped that the availability of a hawker centre would bring food prices down in the estate. They rely now on coffee shops and food courts in shopping centres, which offer relatively costlier food options.
Mrs Leong Seng Cheng, 65, who eats out five times a week, said a meal can cost more than S$4 each time: “I hope the hawker centre will give me the convenience of buying meals that will cost less than S$3.”
The accounts executive, who cooks on the weekends, is still wishing for a big wet market, even with supermarkets available nearby.
Pasir Ris resident of eight years, Mr Patrick Wee, 41, must drive to the wet market in Hougang to get his groceries and is another who prefers to also have a new wet market for lower prices and fresher goods.
MP Zainal Sapari, who is also Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council’s chairman, said the new hawker centre will not have a wet market to preserve the ambience of a family-bonding place alongside the park and sports facilities.
The presence of an existing small wet market and supermarkets in the area is sufficient to meet residents’ needs, he added.
The Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre is one of 10 new hawker centres that will be ready between now and 2020.
The first two, in Hougang Ci Yuan and Bukit Panjang, are expected to be opened next month and at year end respectively, according to the National Environment Agency