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Zouk given additional time to find a new home

Under the new arrangement, it can stay at its Jiak Kim Street location up to the end of 2017 if it can secure a new location by Jun 30, 2015. Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng says his top choice for a relocation is the Singapore Flyer.   

SINGAPORE: Zouk will be granted a extension of its tenancy at Jiak Kim Street to facilitate its relocation, said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Urban Redevleopment Authority (URA) in a joint statement on Thursday (Aug 21). 

The duration of the extension will be tied to Zouk's ability to secure alternative premises within a specified timeline, the agencies added.

If the nightclub secures a new location by Jun 30, 2015, it will be given a final extension up to Dec 31, 2017, to complete the move. This will give Zouk sufficient time for any renovations and design plans for its new site, the statement said.

However, if Zouk does not secure a new location in time, its tenancy at Jiak Kim Street will expire on Dec 31, 2015.

This "final, conditional extension" aims to strike a balance between giving Zouk the time required to make alternative arrangements, and providing neighbouring residents with certainty on the plans for the area, the agencies stated.

The decision came after repeated extensions since June 2012 to provide more time for Zouk to find a suitable alternative location, the statement said. The nightclub's existing tenancy was due to end on Dec 31, 2014.

Zouk founder Lincoln Cheng said he was very happy about the extension, and shared some of his plans for the nightclub. "Right now our first choice (for an alternative site) is still the Singapore Flyer . We have been waiting for the Flyer to announce who is the winning bidder for the last more than a year, since receivers took over the Flyer and took it out for tender," he said. "My only concern is when are they going to release the news of the winning bidder so we can negotiate and talk to them about moving over to the Flyer. It is by far our first choice. Our second choice is the old Kallang Airport."