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Ruthven Road high-rise ready to roll - NHT

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The National Housing Trust headquarters at Park Boulevard, New Kingston.

The National Housing Trust (NHT) has invited bids from contractors for a high-rise residential development at Ruthven Road in Kingston.

The complex will comprise 238 apartments, spread across four blocks, each rising six floors, on a 5.71-acre property near the New Kingston business hub.

The NHT said Monday that the project, to be done in two phases, is "well advanced", and that phase one has gone to tender. That phase is due for completion in May 2019, but no timeline was proferred for the second phase.

The Ruthven Road project has long been touted by the housing agency. Back in 2010, when it was first unveiled, the NHT said the development would have cost $1.9 billion. The revised costs were not disclosed. Construction was delayed by a required rezoning of the Half-Way Tree development area in which Ruthven sits.

The replanning of the city to include new areas for high-density residential development is now well under way, following board approval by the National Environment and Planning Agency for rezoning to allow for the development of more habitable rooms per hectare of land. The development order is still to be gazetted.

 

GROUNDBREAKING TO BE SCHEDULED

 

Karlene Morgan, communications manager at the NHT, said groundbreaking for the Ruthven project is still to be scheduled.

Morgan said the development will have one-, two- and three-bedroom units; multipurpose court and tennis court; meeting room; jogging trail, and other features. She said the selling price is not yet available. The design architects are A.G. Lowe Architects.

NHT's housing complexes are usually build out instead of up, but the communications manager said the agency has done other multistorey developments of four floors in the inner city. As to whether the agency is planning other high-rises, she said that was yet to be determined.

avia.collinder@gleanerjm.com