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The Bermonde to expand WIHCON's Portmore offerings

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:00 AMDaviot Kelly
The kitchen comes with all the modern amenities you would expect, including high-end stainless steel fixtures, hard-wood cabinets and solid surface counter.
A view of the secondary bedroom
A digital representation of The Bermonde on completion. The development is on track for a summer opening.
The spacious shower and water-saving toilets underline the modern bathroom in The Bermonde homes.
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West Indies Home Contractors (WIHCON) will be expanding its footprint in Portmore this summer, with the completion of The Bermonde housing development in East Queens Park, Greater Portmore.

The development will feature 76 Tropicana town houses, all duplex, two-storey units with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. The Bermonde homes are 955 square feet, while the minimum lot size is, 1100 square feet. Construction started last August. It is a 'green' development, with all the town houses fitted with solar power systems. Construction manager for WIHCON, Patrick Turner, said there is a 500-watt PV (photo voltaic) system (including solar water heaters), with a battery-backup system.

"This is a starter unit for a working class family, and the average working class family would consume roughly about between 250 and 300 kilowatt hours of electricity per month," he said.

"This system contributes an average of 50 kilowatt hours per month. So if it is that you have a 250 that you're paying JPS, this is offsetting 50 of that. In the event of a power outage, the battery backup allows you to have uninterrupted power for four to six hours."

Leonie Howe, sales representative, noted some of the attractions including: solid-surface kitchen counter tops, solid wood cabinetry, enclosed laundry, modern stainless steel fixtures, open-floor plan and full-size closets. There are also high ceilings and a modern bathroom, with a large shower and glass enclosure. She said a number of units had already been sold, and there were many other commitments.

Ideally located, The Bermonde units are going for approximately JA$15 million with the escalation of inflation. WIHCON held an open house in December, and Howe noted the response has been quite good, even from persons already residing in Portmore.

"One of the first things that hits you is, it looks small," said Howe. "Once inside, you realise it's bigger than meets the eye." Turner noted even on the work site, persons walk up to enquire about the development.

"We have a secure boundary wall that is eight feet high around the entire development, there are two play areas, a sports ground with multipurpose courts and 24-hour security." The Bermonde will also feature a community clubhouse, garbage enclosure and landscaped areas.

There is one entrance in, one exit out, and the project is on schedule, with 46 of the homes already constructed. A September completion date is intended and the units will be distributed in a phased handover when persons will be able to partake of the amenities like the security. A screen will be up to keep them isolated from the ongoing construction.

daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com