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PRODEV releases 'the Phoenix'

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaviot Kelly
Greta Bogues (left), senior director of corporate affairs and external communication at Wray and Nephew, and Paula Fletcher, executive director of the National Road Safety Council, chat with former Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The new Phoenix Central professional complex at 2 Phoenix Avenue was officially opened on Wednesday, September 16.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Lady Allen (second left) cut the ribbon to officially open the Phoenix Central professional complex on Wednesday. Looking on are (from third left) Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Reverend Charles Dufour, Jean Lowrie-Chin and husband, Hubert Chin, founders of PRODEV, their son, Noel, who is property manager and daughter, Anita Chin (back, to camera), PRODEV’s general manager.
Hubert Chin, financial and technical director of PRODEV, constructors of the new Phoenix Central professional complex, jokes with Minna Israel.
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Two years after its creation, real estate company PROComm Development Ltd (PRODEV) boasts its first project.

On Wednesday, PRODEV, the creation of PROComm founder Jean Lowrie-Chin and husband Hubert Chin, opened the majestic Phoenix Central professional complex along Phoenix Avenue, off Hope Road, St Andrew. For Lowrie-Chin, it was the culmination of a journey that started when PROComm bought the land back in 1988. She explained that PROComm's first home on 6 Kingsway was the legacy of their first child, Anita. So Phoenix Avenue was about their second child, Noel.

"We set about trying to find a new legacy for this new baby and found this property in the classifieds," said Lowrie-Chin. The Chins are all about family and the quartet will all play an integral role at PRODEV. Lowrie-Chin is managing director, Hubert is technical and financial director; Anita serves as general manager; and Noel is the property manager. Lowrie-Chin's mother, Maisie Lowrie, who is credited with being the inspiration for her daughter's endeavours, was also present to witness the event.

"We are pleased that our children are now a part of this relatively new business ... which will demand a great deal of their hard work and attention for its continued success," said Lowrie-Chin. She hailed the PROComm and PRODEV teams, saying they represent the best Jamaica has to offer. She thanked the guests for also being an inspiration to them.

Special guest, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, lauded PROComm for its accomplishments over the years.

"The establishment of PRODEV speaks volumes to the possibilities and the potential that are here in Jamaica, ready to be tapped and ready to be unlocked by the progressive business minds," he said. Sir Patrick said Phoenix Central was the end result and was due to the convergence of family, faith, commitment and hard work, ingredients that will help Jamaica achieve Vision 2030. He called on other Jamaicans to think like the Chins as we try to move Jamaica forward.

Units sold

The complex is 16,000 square feet and 11 of the 16 units have been sold. PROComm has retained the two largest units on the third floor and three of the four units on the ground floor. The largest will be the new home of PROComm and the second largest will be the 'Legacy Suite', which will be available for conferences, lectures and receptions. There is also a pedestrian gate between the property and Andrews Memorial Hospital, welcomed by the seven doctors who are investors. The total investment was J$280 million and scores of diligent construction workers were employed.

The project team comprised: Plexus Architects; Islandwide Construction; Protech/Synergy; CSI Engineering, Berkeley and Spence Quantity Surveyors, legal consultant Peter Mais; Anya Levy of Remax Realtors; administrative consultant Sandra Lowrie; Keith Senior of Jamaica National the National Commercial Bank.

As for 6 Kingsway? Lowrie-Chin said the teams hope to break ground on a seniors-friendly apartment building at that location next year.

daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com