The site of the former Kebun Baru Elementary in Ang Mo Kio has been designated for high-rise homes

The site former Kebun-Baru Primary School was located in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore is set to be replaced by high rise housing if a proposed modification to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s masterplan is approved.

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URA has published a proposed amendment to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2 on Jan 19. The changes are intended to encourage future residential development in high-density areas.

The former Kebun Baru School site is just 1km (or 2 1/2 football field) from Mayflower station on the Thomson-East Coast Line.

The proposed change includes rezoning the educational facility and open-space site for residential or road use.

Kebun Baru Primary occupied that site in 1985. It merged with Ang Mo Kio Primary Primary in January of 2002. The merged Ang Mo Kio Primary School moved to 20 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 by May 2002.

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The site of the former Kebun Baru Primary School was then used as a holding location for several schools that were being upgraded, such as the primary school section of CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School from 2010 to 2013, Anderson Primary from 2014 to 2015 as well as Mayflower Primary and the MOE Kindergarten@Mayflower from 2019 to 2022.

According to property analysts, any residential development on the site that is built will be attractive to buyers given its proximity with several schools and Mayflower MRT station.

Ms Sun, who said that there was a mix of both public and private housing, added that the site would be suitable for either. She estimated it could yield 750 HDB apartments or 500 to 700 condominium units.

The HDB project may be classified as the Plus model if it is built within walking distance from the Mayflower MRT. Plus flats have better locations close to MRT stations and towns.

This Ang Mo Kio property isn’t the only ex-school site that has been earmarked for residential development. The former Guangyang Secondary School site in Bishan Road 12 was also proposed to be rezoned as a residential area in December of 2023.

Guangyang Primary, which was founded in 1918, merged in January 2023 with Townsville Primary. The new location is at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, where Townsville Primary used to be.

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