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People’s Park Centre aims for $1.35b price

Collective sale committee to try to get 80% mandate within four months

One of Singapore's biggest and most keenly watched mixed-use collective sales in this cycle - People's Park Centre - has raised its reserve price from $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion and agreed on the method of apportionment for its first collective sale attempt.

A majority of those who attended the extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday passed the resolutions for the changes.

"We have one year from Jan 9, 2019, to get the 80 per cent mandate. But our target is to get the mandate within four months. If we are able to do so, the tender will be launched by the middle of the year," the spokesman for the collective sale committee, Mr Lee Chin Chee, told The Straits Times yesterday.

The new reserve price represents a 45 per cent premium over valuation, up from a 41 per cent premium, he said.

"The method of apportionment is structured as such: 80 per cent is based on the valuation of the units, 10 per cent on the area of the units, and 10 per cent on share value," he added.

Apartment owners now stand to get between $1.885 million and $2.683 million; office owners, between $432,000 and $4.431 million; and shop owners, from $267,000 to $16.4 million. The owner of the carpark stands to get $56.7 million, Mr Lee said.

Built in 1970, People's Park Centre sits on a 96,000 sq ft site, with a gross floor area of about 820,000 sq ft. It is zoned commercial under the current masterplan.

The development, which has 120 apartments, 256 offices, 324 shops and a carpark, has more than 50 years left on its lease.

But some owners have objected to the sale.

"Only 62 shop units had their sales proceeds adjusted higher by a total of $9 million. The other 639 units remained unchanged. That is the main (source of) disgruntlement among those objecting. Some also think the reserve price is too low," Mr Lee added.

While mixed-use properties continue to be popular, there is a growing list of commercial buildings which had collective sale tenders that closed last year but remained unsold.

They include Jalan Besar Plaza and Verdun House.

After last year's July 6 property cooling measures, a total of 35 collective sale tenders - including relaunches - have closed without a sale. Of these, 31 are residential projects, two are mixed-use and two are commercial projects. The 35 tenders have a combined value of nearly $8.8 billion, according to data from Colliers International.

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