Zouk gets lease extension from authorities

By Zaki JufriEvents - 21 August 2014 2:53 PM | Updated 5:03 PM

Zouk gets lease extension from authorities

Clubbers, rejoice! 

Dance club Zouk has been granted an extension to stay at its current Jiak Kim Street address for another three years provided it finds a new location by mid-2015.

In a joint statement, the Singapore Land Authority, Singapore Tourism Board and the Urban Redevelopment Authority announced today that they will give the club a one-year extension on its lease at Jiak Kim Street when it expires at the end of the year.

If the club is able to secure a new location by 30 June 2015, the authorities will extend its lease further until the end of 2017 to facilitate the move.

"An extension up to 2017 will give Zouk sufficient time to undertake renovations or to plan and construct a new structure to house the club at the new site, and relocate thereafter," the statement read.

The news comes after an online campaign "#SAVEZOUK" to extend its lease. Zouk's owner Lincoln Cheng was reported to have said that he would shut the doors of the club for good if a three-year extension is not granted.

The online petition has garnered more than 39,160 pledges since it started in June 2014.

Under the URA’s Draft Master Plan 2013, the area has been zoned for mixed-use development — residential with first-storey commercial use.

Zouk’s lease was to end in 2012, but it was extended until June 2013, and then to 30 June 2014, and another six months to December 2014. 

The statement added: "If Zouk is unable or chooses not to secure a new location by 30 June 2015, the tenancy at Jiak Kim Street will expire on 31 December 2015.

"In arriving at the decision to grant the conditional extension, SLA, STB and URA considered the concerns of and impact faced by neighbouring residents living in the predominantly residential area, as well as Zouk’s contribution to the strengthening of Singapore’s reputation in the international entertainment scene."

"The decision aims to strike a balance between giving Zouk the time it requires to make alternative arrangements, while providing the residents certainty on the plans for the area by way of the final, conditional extension at Jiak Kim Street."

"The relevant agencies will continue to work with Zouk to minimise any inconveniences and social disamenities in the area."

DJ Mag, an influential music magazine from the UK, ranked Zouk as the seventh best club in the world in its most recent annual list, which also featured other nightlife institutions such as Pacha in Ibiza and Fabric in London.

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