SINGAPORE - His fingers brushing a crystal ball, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave the official cue yesterday to start the building of a community club that will be the first of its kind.
The Ci Yuan Community Club in Hougang Avenue 9 will be the first in Singapore to have a hawker centre.
When completed in 2015, its 40 stalls will operate under a taller-than-normal, two-storey-high ceiling that will ensure a light and airy feel even when every one of the 640 seats is taken.
The 6,000 sq m club will also have a theatre fitted with digital sound equipment from the China company that produced the acoustics for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
But it is the promise of hawker food at their doorstep that has caught the attention of residents who now travel 20 minutes by bus to Kovan for such fare.
They were brimming with ideas yesterday on the kind of food they favour.
Said Mr David Lim, 40, a broadcast systems integrator: "Wanton mee from Joo Chiat, lor mee from Bukit Ho Swee and fish head noodles from Clementi West.
"These will bring back memories as my family talk about them over dinner. It will make the neighbourhood unique."