The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has revealed plans to release approximately 1,900 Build-to-Order (BTO) flats in Choa Chu Kang during the upcoming October exercise. This announcement was made on October 1st, and the flats will be divided between two projects known as Rail Green I @ CCK and Rail Green II @ CCK. Prospective homeowners can expect waiting times ranging from three years and three months to four years. Among the projects set to launch in October, Rail Green I is notable for having one of the shortest waiting times, with over 870 units available.
Both of these projects will provide a diverse range of flat sizes, including five-room or 3Gen flats. Choa Chu Kang's flats are part of a larger offering of 6,800 flats in the October exercise, which will include projects in other areas like Kallang Whampoa, Queenstown, and Tengah.
Originally, this exercise was scheduled for the usual end-August to early-September timeframe but was postponed due to delayed ballot results from the May BTO launch, which were only announced in August instead of July. The revised timeline aims to give interested flat applicants the opportunity to know their queue position before making decisions about applying for a flat in the next sales launch, as explained by HDB in July.
Rail Green I and II @ CCK, situated between Woodlands Road and the Pang Sua Canal, will consist of 12 residential blocks ranging from 13 to 31 storeys. Residents of these projects will have the privilege of living in close proximity to the Rail Corridor, offering them the opportunity to experience a more nature-centric lifestyle.
The development will retain at least 2 hectares of existing greenery along the Pang Sua Canal, integrating this natural environment with the new Choa Chu Kang BTO projects. The units will be oriented to maximize panoramic views of the Pang Sua Canal and the linear green, ensuring that residents can enjoy a green living experience.
Furthermore, residents will have access to roof gardens at multi-storey car parks, open green spaces like the Rail Corridor, Pang Sua Park Connector, and Choa Chu Kang Park Connector for recreational and outdoor activities. HDB also plans to create communal spaces, fitness corners, and shelters along the Rail Corridor, fostering community interaction and bonding.
Apart from its natural attractions, Rail Green I and II @ CCK will introduce new commercial amenities, including an eating house and a supermarket, for residents' convenience. The development will also feature a preschool and a residents' network. For day-to-day needs, residents will have access to nearby amenities such as Bukit Panjang MRT station, Junction 10 shopping mall, and Bukit Panjang Polyclinic. There are also primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions in the vicinity.
To honor the area's rich heritage, the Rail Green precinct's courtyard will house a train-themed playground for children. The site's historical significance stems from the KTM railway line, built in 1903, which passed through Choa Chu Kang to a station at Woodlands. Although the line ceased operations in 2011, the government worked with stakeholders to develop the Rail Corridor as a historical landmark.
An iconic precinct pavilion, inspired by the design of old train platforms, will serve as a meet-up point and provide insights into the area's history. Walkways throughout the precinct will feature floor designs resembling railway tracks. Additionally, there will be a Rail Corridor heritage gallery with information panels highlighting key historical milestones.
The selling price of a four-room unit at Rail Green I & II @ CCK, excluding grants, starts from S$319,000, against an estimated S$515,000 to S$615,000 price tag of resale flats nearby.
Propertyforsale Managing Director, JT Chia, noted that Rail Green I & II @ CCK are offering 1,895 units of two-room flexi, three-room, four-room, five-room and 3Gen flats to cater to the larger families. The other project that offers five-room BTO flat is Plantation Edge I & II.