SINGAPORE: Mall and an upcoming condominium in Potong Pasir have had their projected names changed to The Poiz Residences and The Poiz Centre from The Andrew Village and The Andrew Residences, following the initial names raised the ire of some members of St Andrew’s alumni.
Several St Andrew’s alumni members have written in to developers the authorities and MCC Land, saying that giving a commercial project a name that was similar took away from the schools’ history and may cause confusion among members of the general public.
“As a socially responsible developer, we take such community sentiments seriously as our development vision would be to bring about a positive transformation to Potong Pasir at large,” said a spokesman for MCC Land on Tuesday (Nov 3).
Building Names Board and the Street told Channel NewsAsia earlier that it was not unaware of the feedback on the project and is looking into the situation.
St Andrew’s Village is the official compound of all three St Andrew’s schools. It was started in 2006 and additionally houses the Anglican Diocesan Office, a kindergarten and three church buildings.
The new condominium and mall is situated nearby, incorporated with Potong Pasir MRT Station – which was a key reason behind the brand new choice of names.
“The mixed-use development including The Poiz Residences and The Poiz Centre is poised to be the central landmark of Potong Pasir with its exceptional architectural design and seamless integration with the Potong Pasir MRT Station.”
The spokesman added: “The name Poiz has a similar ring to ‘poise’, which implies elegance, balance and presence.”
The MCC Land project is anticipated to be finished in 2019 and sales are expected to start in the end of the year.