The area of Clementi Avenue 1 was known as ‘Sussex Estate.’ It was named after the Sussex county in England. This estate was developed in the 1950’s and was used as a place to house the British senior officers that were non-commissioned. Clementi then underwent a major transformation in 1975.
Although Clementi did not have a shopping center in its vicinity, the Singapore government has done a lot over the years to develop the area. Today Clementi has a broad range of hawker food stalls, retail shops, and wet markets. So much so that the iconic Commonwealth Cinema located on the South side of the Clementi MRT station was demolished in 2008 and was converted into a beautiful four-storey mall named ‘CityVibe’. The former Eng Wah’s Empress Entertainment Center multiplex was also destroyed, rebuilt and reopened as ‘321 Clementi’ very recently in March 2015. The Singapore government has also opened various schools and colleges in the area that would be highly beneficial to the residents. The opening of Clementi Polyclinic at Clementi Avenue 3 is also an indication of how much development efforts are being put into Clementi.
The government of Singapore has also made an effort to ensure that the residents of Clementi have enough options in and around the area to keep them entertained. Clementi now has a swimming pool and a modern sports hall where residents can play badminton or table tennis. It is located near the MRT station. There is also the Clementi Stadium that has a capacity of approximately 4,000 people, and the West Coast Recreation Center is located near the West Coast road. There is also the West Coast Park and Clementi Woods Park that can be accessed by bus from the Clementi area.
Education And Transport
The Singapore government has also ensured that there are schools and colleges in the area that will benefit the residents of Clementi. There are various educational facilities in the area that are some of the best in Singapore. These facilities include schools like Clementi Primary School and Clementi Town Secondary School, New Town Secondary School, Kent Ridge Secondary School, and Tanglin Secondary School. The area is also home to the NUS School of Mathematics and Science, located at Clementi Avenue 1. Clementi Town is also serviced by the Clementi MRT station and bus services to the Clementi Bus Interchange.
Future Government Plans
Clementi is a mix of public and private housing and is home to various amenities. The Urban Redevelopment Authority has proposed to build attractive waterfront homes, new parks and various recreational facilities for the residents of Clementi over the next five years. Some of the major upcoming developments include: