SINGAPORE: Pasir Ris Town’s first hawker centre, to be situated in the middle of a park, is expected to be completed by the first half of 2017, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Sunday (Jul 19).
The two-storey Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre will have a nett floor area of approximately 3,000sqm, with 45 cooked food stalls and more than 800 seats for diners. This will be the second food centre within a park after East Coast Lagoon Food Village at East Coast Park, NEA said.
Stalls and dining area in the hawker centre will be arranged in a singular fan-shaped profile to face the park, while high ceilings will maximise natural ventilation. Family-friendly amenities such as lowered seating for children and the elderly, and diaper changing and nursing rooms will be available.
Residents are eagerly awaiting its completion as they say it will provide more affordable food options compared to coffee shops in the area.
The prices at coffee shops are getting high … so I hope this hawker centre will keep the costs low for the residents,” said Mr Vincent Loke, a 57-year-old Pasir Ris Central resident.
"We just depend on coffee shops and they are just scattered around,” added Mr Lum Kok Chong, 45. “With a hawker centre, we can have much more variety of food in a common area, where residents can gather together. Best part of it is that it is in a park, so after the food we can just take a slow walk in the park and have family time."
The groundbreaking ceremony for the hawker centre was held on Sunday, with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and fellow MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Zainal Sapari attending the event.
Mr Teo said the centre will give residents a unique “dining in the park” experience and hopes that the park will provide a “common space for families to bond over affordable food”. He added that Pasir Ris will also be undergoing a make-over in the coming years under the Neighbourhood Renewal programme.
"Many of the residents here want to see a continuation of having a good amount of greenery in Pasir Ris but at the same time, they also want to see new developments,” said Mr Teo. “Many of them are thinking of an integrated Town Hub right next to this area here where the MRT and bus interchange is. HDB is looking at all these suggestions to see how we can work them all in."
The hawker centre is one of 10 announced by the Government in 2012. Two of the 10 hawker centres have been completed – one in Hougang Ci Yuan which will open next month and one in Bukit Panjang which will open at the end of this year.
Earlier this year, the Government said another 10 new centres that will be built by 2027. In total, the 20 centres will add more than 800 cooked food stalls, which will help moderate food prices, NEA said.