State assures folk of density control in new home scheme

Residents of Taman Free School public housing scheme have been given the assurance that the new development under the state’s urban regeneration scheme will not have a high density.

State Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said they would try to maintain the geographical environment.

“The density and maintenance have yet to be finalised but we will use the affordable housing benchmark.

“The government is not out to make money especially where public housing is concerned,” he told the media after a dialogue with residents on the state’s urban regeneration scheme at the Dewan Blok KG Taman Free School recently.

To allay concerns over inadequate parking spaces, Jagdeep said each unit would get one parking bay.

“We will conduct the Traffic Impact Assessment to accommodate the volume of traffic.

“We will hold a close door discussion with the residents and also send out questionnaires to them in two weeks’ time,” he said.

Among the other concerns brought up by the residents were the maintenance fees, outstanding bank loans for the existing public housing scheme, as well as moving costs arising from their temporary move while the new development is being built.

The current existing Taman Free School public housing scheme has 1,124 units (both under the Penang City Island Council and the State Housing Department).

A total of 651 units, situated in 15 blocks of five-storey walk-up flats, were sold by way of rent-to-buy at RM22,536 for side units and RM20,121 for middle units.

The remaining 473 units are rental units whereby the monthly rental for a single-room unit is RM97 and the two-room unit is between RM138 and RM179. - The Star

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