Paya Lebar Central:
Bustling Commercial Hub Brimming With
Activity And Culture
The buzz at Paya Lebar is set to be turned up a notch as plans to enhance the commercial hub get underway. Skyline checks out what’s in store.
By Chye Hui Sze

Paya Lebar Central, a bustling commercial hub, looks set to welcome a new hive of activity with offices, hotels, retail and attractive public spaces planned for it. Paya Lebar is one of the commercial hubs to be developed outside the city centre as part of URA’s larger decentralisation strategy in the Concept Plan to provide alternatives for businesses and jobs closer to homes. The other commercial hubs are Tampines Regional Centre, Jurong Lake District and Woodlands Regional Centre.

Existing developments like Geylang Serai Market and festivities such as the Hari Raya Bazaars along Geylang Road contribute to the distinctive local Malay identity of the area. This identity will be further enhanced with new public spaces and the upcoming new Geylang Serai Market.

A vibrant commercial hub

A vibrant commercial hub With about 12 ha of land in the area available for development translating to about 500,000 sqm of commercial floor space, expect to see retail, hotel and office developments clustered around Tanjong Katong Road and Sims Avenue.

A new public plaza next to the Paya Lebar MRT Interchange will become a focal point for activities and a natural gathering spot for commuters, shoppers and the office crowd.

The river flows between

Geylang River will be a key feature in the plans for Paya Lebar Central. As water levels stabilise with the completion of the Marina Barrage, the river can be integrated with future developments, creating attractive public spaces at the new commercial centre.

Fancy working, dining, shopping and relaxing by the scenic Geylang River amidst greenery around waterfront views?

This will be possible when a newly constructed stretch of Geylang River right in the middle of a new commercial development along Tanjong Katong Road is completed. A mix of office, retail and hotel developments will bring life to the riverbanks.

Convenience with connectivity

Paya Lebar Central is just a 10-minute drive from the Central Business District and is well connected by major expressways with the PIE and the ECP as well as major roads like Sims Ave, Paya Lebar Road and Changi Road. Accessibility will be further enhanced when the new Paya Lebar MRT interchange station for the Circle and East-West lines open in 2010.

Getting around Paya Lebar Central itself will be a breeze for pedestrians with the addition of more connected covered walkways, underground walkways and overhead bridges. The walk along Geylang Road will also be more exciting with outdoor kiosks and delicious aromas wafting from cafes.

Community buzz

Think of Hari Raya and chances are you will associate it with the festive bazaars at Geylang Serai. A buzzing, lively commercial stretch of markets, sundry shops, retail centres and hotels, Changi/Geylang Road is the spot to soak in the distinctive local character of the area.

Geylang Serai will see the completion of the redeveloped Geylang Serai Market in 2009. A new civic centre will also be developed next to the market, which will house a Community Club, Community Development Council offices and possibly even a community library.

A new plaza beside the civic centre will be a natural focal point for staging community events such as festive activities and bazaars. The design of the new civic centre can take into consideration the heritage and special character of the area. In addition, there is opportunity to explore incorporating a gallery in the civic building to showcase the local heritage and history of the area.

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