Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, is adding more supporting facilities to its map to better serve businesses and residents.
Construction of a neighborhood center and operation of an innovation center started on March 23 - two major milestones in SSGKC's development.
The Urban South Neighborhood Center, the first of its kind in SSGKC, will be able to serve 6,000 to 8,000 families upon completion. The center, with a total investment of 230 million yuan ($33.41 million), will be operational in 2019.
Five such centers will be built in SSGKC and construction of the remaining four will start soon, according to the city developer.
"The first neighborhood center at SSGKC combines the key features of Singaporean and Guangdong architecture. The center will become a landmark in SSGKC," said Sun Xuewei, deputy director of the Guangzhou Development District Administrative Committee. "The launch of the neighborhood center shows that SSGKC is accelerating steps to satisfy residents' changing demands."
The neighborhood center is a concept that emerged in Singapore, aiming to provide social services to nearby residents. People can engage in shopping, cultural activities, physical exercise, healthcare, education and access to government and home services in the center. The concept was introduced to the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, in 1997.
The SSGKC neighborhood center's three blocks, designed to cater to residents' basic daily demands, will be connected by covered walkways to allow people to easily access several areas, even in poor weather.
The neighborhood center will be seamlessly connected to the future metro station, bus stops and other nearby public amenities via covered walkways.
"Establishment of the neighborhood center allows residents to enjoy high standards of living near their homes. It will be a demonstration spot to show the city's innovative community management services," said Xu Hongsheng, chairman of Guangzhou Development District Commercial Development Group and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co.