$10M Housing Project On Nevis Almost Complete
Written by LK Hewlett
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Some 30 Nevisians are on track to become homeowners by Christmas as the Nevis Island Administration says the first phase of the Cedar Grove Housing Project is almost complete.
The project was carried out with a $10 million loan from the Social Security Board.
Minister of Housing in the NIA Alexis Jeffers gave WINN FM an update on the project.
“The Cedar Grove housing project which was started in February of this year, is just about completed and that is the first phase which we indicated months ago that we were going to construct 31 houses. I believe we have two foundations left to be opened which means that we’re up to 29 houses as we speak, that have been built or in the process of being built. So we’ve made excellent progress with that particular project, so far so good. We have already started painting those houses, cupboards are in, in most of those houses and later this month we should see the construction of the road that would be within that particular development.”
He said because the project was well planned and executed, the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation, NHLDC is on track to hand out keys in December.
This project was well thought out and I believe the very nature of the construction and the way that the project has been managed so far suggest to me that some good planning would have gone into the development of this particular area. Electricity is there, water, the major lines have been put in as well and it’s just a matter of the final piece of infrastructure meaning roads to be put in. We’re doing that later this month when we are heading closer to the end of the 31 houses that we intend to build over there. …By Christmas, those that want to enter their homes and enjoy the ambiance of their home for Christmas they will be able to, so we are doing all we can to ensure that persons have the keys to their home by the time Christmas comes around.”
The Cedar Grove homes have different design concepts that successful applicants were able to choose from, from 2 bedrooms with one bathroom, 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms up to four bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. The residents were also allowed to choose the color of the homes.
Minister Jeffers says the NIA is looking to expand the Cedar Grove Project and other government housing projects on the island in the near future.
“Of course that first phase once it’s done we’re hoping to proceed to the second phase which will be another 35 or 40 houses. We’ve done the surveys, we’ve done the subdivision and we are ready to move ahead once the financing becomes available.”