Saint Andrew’s Village, a school complex in Potong Pasir, could’ve had a mall and a condominium named after it if not for the protests of the alumni. As a result, MCC Land will no longer push the original plan to use “Andrew” in the said projects. From Andrew Residences, the developer decided to name it as Poiz Residences instead. On the other hand, the supposed to be Andrew Village will now become The Poiz Centre.
Halfway before October ended, MCC Land received a letter from the alumni of St. Andrew’s Village that includes a thousand signature regarding their protest. The group claims that they gathered the number of supporters against the naming of the developments in just one day. More protests followed afterwards.
According to the petition if MCC will still insist to call their project Andrew Residences, people might be confused with their developments and the Saint Andrew’s Village located at Francis Thomas Drive. This is also where one can find the Saint Andrew’s Junior College as well as Saint Andrews’ Junior to Secondary School.
Moreover, the letter also noted that this is not a mere problem with names alone. The alumni claims that MCC Land is trying to associate the benevolent name of St. Andrew for its selfish commercial plans.
On the other hand, MCC Land broke its silence about their decision to not name their developments after the school village complex. Their spokesperson said in an interview that they recognize the sentiments of the community where they put their projects. It is all part of their mission, which is to remain a “socially responsible” company that will bring positive transformation to the area in all aspects.
As of this writing, MCC Land is starting to put more options in their draft including Poiz as mentioned above. The alumni of St. Andrews’ gladly accepted their decision.
Potong Pasir is currently gaining a lot of interest from various developers and not just from MCC Land. One of the ongoing projects at this area includes The Venue Residences and a revamped look for the Potong Pasir waterfront. More recently launches, please visit Thomson Impressions.