Uncertain future for lifestyle hub at Serangoon Gardens

Uncertain future for lifestyle hub at Serangoon Gardens

SINGAPORE - Barely two years after it was open for business, the future of a popular leisure hub in Serangoon Gardens is now in the balance.

Built as a buffer between a foreign dormitory and residential homes in Serangoon Gardens, the tenancy for Lifestyle Hub @ Burghley - which sits on state-owned land - will expire in July next year.

This means the centre's nine sub-tenants - which include cafes, activity centres for children and art workshops - may have to move out in less than a year.

They are now appealing for the lease to be extended, citing huge difficulties which delayed the centre's opening. These included electricity brown-outs, an inadequate sewerage system, leaky roofs and even termites.

"It was like a desert back then, there was no one here," said Mr William Lee, 41, the owner of My Art Studio.

Mr Lee sunk in $35,000 to renovate his studio and was the first tenant to move in back in November 2010. "Slowly, we built up our customer base. It would be a pity to lose them," he said.

All the sub-tenants have appealed to Hean Nerng Facilities Management, the 6,880 sq m site's master tenant, for an extension. In turn, the company wrote to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on Thursday and is awaiting a response.

Apart from the infrastructure issues, there were other problems plaguing the centre at first.

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