Development plans at Admiral Country Club on hold

Two restaurants at the Admiral Country Club in Sembawang have decided to shut down since plans to develop it have yet to materialise, even though the tender was awarded nearly three years ago.

The Old Admiralty House was gazetted as a national monument in 2002.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) then awarded a tender to the YESS Group, a lifestyle business developer, who had plans to transform it into a country club, with golf and horse-riding activities.

However, these never materialised.

Restaurant operators said meetings with the developer did not result in any satisfactory answer.

They also learnt that part of the land had been rented out for private dormitories and school, but SLA later forced the developer to shut down as these were illegal.

Mr Victor Teo, who ran a barbecue restaurant there, said he and another restaurant operator are seeking legal advice for compensation.

Separately, SLA said tenders were awarded based on developers’ proposals and financial ability, but they could not ensure these plans would be carried out.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 7 Mar 2010

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