CCT decides to defer redevelopment of Market Street carpark

CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT) has decided to defer the planned redevelopment of the Market Street car park.

In January 2008, CCT was granted an outline planning permission by urban planners to redevelop the property into a Grade A office building.

Since then, it has been working with its appointed architect and consultants to finalise and submit design plans to the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

In a statement on Tuesday, CCT said it does not expect a plan for the redevelopment to be made before mid-2009. This came after taking into consideration the significant size of the project, rising construction costs and the present volatility in financial markets.

Industry watchers said the decision is unlikely to dampen the market. The delay may, in fact, be welcomed due to the tight car parking space situation in the Central Business District.

Property analysts added that the deferment is a prudent move, given the bulk of office supply coming on stream between 2010 and 2012.

They said there is no hurry for CCT to redevelop the property in a climate of rising construction costs, which could also pose some challenges in getting construction firms to work on the project.

CCT said it will continue to take necessary steps to obtain the provisional permission from the authorities, as well as assist retail tenants in relocation and continue to operate the car park. – CNA/vm

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 29 Apr 2008

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