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Yishun industrial site up for sale

A SITE at Yishun Avenue 6 has been put up for sale for industrial development.

The land parcel is one of the four new industrial sites that were scheduled for release on the reserve list under the Government Industrial Land Sale Programme for the second half of 2007.

The 1.43-hectare site has a plot ratio of 2.5 with a lease period of 60 years. It is zoned for a Business 1 development and can be developed for a range of clean and light industrial and warehouse use, the Urban Redevelopment Authority said.

Savills Singapore director of industrial business space Dominic Peters said that he believes the site could attract bids of about $30 per square foot per plot ratio (psf ppr). ‘Demand is still likely to be strong,’ he said.

In October, an industrial site at Sin Ming Lane was sold for $68.9 million, or about $50 psf ppr. The site was more centrally located and larger.

Mr Peters said that potential bidders could be interested in developing strata-titled units on the Yishun site for sale. Real estate investment trusts (Reits) or developers targeting Reits may be less keen.

According to a Savills report on the industrial sector, Reits were the major players in the industrial market in the third quarter.

Mapletree Logistics Trust acquired six properties for a total of $62.4 million, Cambridge Industrial Trust purchased three properties for $108.5 million and the recently listed MacArthurCook Industrial Reit added two properties worth $109.3 million to its portfolio.

In the first nine months of this year, more than 25 acquisitions were made by Reits, taking the total transaction value to $503 million, up 27.3 per cent year-on-year.


Source: Business Times 28 Nov 07

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