Strong reception for 3Gen flats, says Khaw

The first batch of 3Gen flats launched in Yishun last September has had a strong reception, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on his blog on Friday.

About 94 per cent (79 out of 84) of these flats, which Mr Khaw said are designed to facilitate extended family togetherness, have been booked. Of the 79 families who booked these flats, 56 were first-time HDB buyers and 23 second-timers.

Selection of the remaining five units is ongoing and will end in March.

The average household size of these families was higher at 5.1, compared to the household sizes for 5-room flats (4) and 4-room flats (3.6).

Mr Khaw said subsequent batches of 3Gen flats in Jurong West and Punggol have also been met with a strong response, with nearly 300 applications received from families who qualify for the 164 flats in these two projects.

“We will continue to help extended families who want to live together, or close to one another, fulfil their dream,” he said.

“This will be a key priority area for me and for my ministry over the next few years.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 14 Feb 2014

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