Marina View site awarded to Malaysia's IOI Properties for $1.508 billion

SINGAPORE – A plum site at Marina View has been awarded to its sole bidder, a unit of Malaysia-listed IOI Properties Group, for $1.508 billion, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said on Wednesday afternoon (Sept 29).

Boulevard View Pte Ltd, which triggered the release for the sale of the 99-year leasehold site, put in a bid price of $1,508,000,101, just $101 above the $1.508 billion minimum price that triggered the tender launch. That works out to $1,379 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr).

Analysts noted that the public tender of the white site drew just one bid as developers turned cautious due to the site’s hefty land and development costs and uncertainty over office and hotel sectors in the Central Business District (CBD).

IOI Properties is developing another white site in Central Boulevard that it acquired for $2.57 billion in November 2016 after triggering its release with a minimum bid of $1.536 billion. That worked out to a land rate of $1,689 psf ppr.

The white site – intended for a mixed-use development with residential, hotel, commercial and/or serviced apartments – was released under the reserve list of the first-half 2021 Government Land Sales programme. It can yield 905 private homes, 2,000 sq m in gross floor area of commercial space, and 540 hotel rooms.

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