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Caribbean Terrace storm victims to get housing solutions at reduced cost

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 6:00 AM
The remains of houses in Caribbean Terrace, where severe structural damage from past hurricanes has occurRed.
Dr Horace Chang
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Twelve years after Hurricane Ivan devastated a number of houses at Caribbean Terrace in east Kingston, the Government is pledging to construct housing solutions on lands at Harbour Head in Harbour View at a reduced cost to the storm victims.

Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang said Cabinet has given approval for the development of a number of housing units through a joint venture between the Government and West Indies Home Contractors Ltd. (WIHCON).

Chang told journalists at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday that houses will also be built on old sugar lands at Inswood in St Catherine.

"We have already identified, between the National Housing Trust and the Ministry of Housing, enough lands to construct more than 10,000 housing solutions," said Chang, adding that the units would be built over the next 12 months.

DECIDING POLICY

"The drive to expand the public-private partnership in housing is a deciding policy by this Government," Chang said.

Giving details about the joint-venture partnership with WIHCON, Chang said that the land at Harbour Head is owned by the Government. He noted that instead of taking payment for the land, the Government would deduct the cost from a number of units assigned to residents of Caribbean Terrace, effectively reducing the cost of the units to them.

He said in most cases, the reduced cost would amount to between $1 million and $1.5 million. The housing solutions will include two bedroom units costing about $9.5 million. The Government had acquired some of the Caribbean Terrace property and rendered the area a no-build zone. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed about 17 houses in the community.