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Junction needs more middle-income homes

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer An old house in Junction, St Elizabeth.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Richard Parchment, member of parliament for South East St Elizabeth, has said the construction of middle-income housing schemes is among the top three most feasible types of investments in the town of Junction and neighbouring communities in St Elizabeth.

Parchment, who was speaking at last week's Gleaner 'Job Creation, Growth and Investment Forum' in Junction, said there were scores of acres of available lands which had been mined out by the Alpart Bauxite Company, and with a new water supply system set to be ready within 10 months, the area was ripe for housing development to meet the huge housing demands which exist.

"If you have good money to invest, the best thing to put it in in Junction right now is in affordable housing. We have not had any housing solutions in this area for the last 25 years. I think the last time was phase three of Bellevue in Top Hill in 1992 ... and there is a demand for affordable housing and even serviced lots in this area," Parchment said.

"This area, with its salubrious climate and low crime rate, is an attraction for people who had gone abroad to live and want to come back to reside. One of the greatest things that has allowed this area to grow is the diaspora, and also the amount of people who have returned to live in an and around the Dunderhill, Southfield area, and, as a result, they have created employment in terms of the building, in terms of hiring people to work in their houses, and there is an effective demand for housing right now," he added.

Social Development Commission's (SDC) field officer for the area, Stephanie Lewis-Brown, was in agreement with Parchment.

"Even when you look on the condition of the houses you can see that economic activity on a whole in St Elizabeth has been fuelled by the increase in housing and increase in the quality of housing. A lot of the household heads are old. There is a deep demand among young people for housing for themselves, because you have a lot of situations here where people live in extended family arrangements because they don't have a house for themselves. We really need those new houses coming on for those young families with the proper service lots."