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Dakota Crescent area comprises rental flats previously developed in 1958 by the Singapore Improvement Trust, predecessor to HDB. In 2014, it was announced that Dakota Crescent was to be redeveloped. Residents were able to relocate to a nearby estate of new HDB flats as the flats in Dakota Crescent had aged over time.

However, some Singaporeans expressed concern that the neighbourhood and its iconic Dove playground could be lost. As such, government agencies involved began working with the community to study various options. It was eventually decided that the estate will be redeveloped while the central cluster of buildings around the courtyard and the Dove playground will be retained and repurposed for civic and community uses. This solution will create an attractive mixed-use area with vibrant spaces and convenient amenities.

Taking part in the deliberation process were members of the grassroots and various heritage groups such as Save Dakota Crescent, which submitted a comprehensive and thoughtful conservation plan. With the support of stakeholders and the wider community, the refreshed Dakota Crescent will now function as a community hub where past, present and future residents can continue to enjoy the estate’s heritage alongside its modern housing amenities.