Saturday, February 27, 2010

Another Yishun industrial site up for tender

Knight Frank sees interest in plot near ITE East (Yishun) due to recent strong take-up in Woodlands

FOR the second time in a week, the government will be putting an industrial site in Yishun up for tender.

According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday, a developer triggered the sale of a 60-year leasehold site at Yishun Avenue 6 (Parcel 8). The developer – which was not identified – committed to pay at least $11.5 million, or around $30 per sq ft per plot ratio (psf ppr), for the land.

The 1.43 ha plot on the reserve list has been available for sale since November 2007. It is zoned for Business 1 use and has a maximum permissable gross plot ratio of 2.5.

This parcel is across the road from ITE East (Yishun) and is near Yishun Industrial Park and Yishun MRT station. It also seems to be adjacent to another site – at Yishun Avenue 6 (Parcel 1) – which was similarly triggered for sale on Tuesday. For the latter, a developer also committed to pay at least $11.5 million.

Knight Frank’s head of industrial business space Lim Kien Kim believes that there will be interest in Parcel 8. This is because industrial space end-users have been looking for land in the northern part of the island, he said.

He added that industrial space in Woodlands has recently seen strong take-up, and this could encourage developers to bid for the site.

Mr Lim felt that offers could reasonably be expected to come in at around $35 psf ppr, or $13.4 million. But he pointed out that with buoyant sentiment in the market, higher bids are possible.

URA will launch the public tender for the site in about two weeks.

Demand for industrial plots has been strong in the last few months. In December, a 30-year leasehold site at Pioneer Road North/Soon Lee Drive drew eight bids, with the highest coming in at $19.4 million, or $48 psf ppr.

Source: Business Times, 27 Feb 2010

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