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1,200-unit housing project for Negril

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), breaks ground for the National Housing Trust (NHT) housing project in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, on Friday. Chairman of the NHT, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke (left), and Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang, also participated in the groundbreaking.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said ground will be broken shortly for a 1,200-unit housing development in Negril, Westmoreland, which will target tourism workers.

"We expect this project to be completed by 2020 and that the people of Westmoreland will benefit significantly," he said.

He noted that Negril is "expanding beyond everyone's wildest expectations" and the Government has to put measures in place to meet the huge demand for housing.




"Negril is just bursting at the seams," he noted. "We have to figure out now how we plan for that expansion so you don't have irregular settlements becoming a constraint for the growth of the town."

Holness was speaking last Friday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the development of 61 service lots by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Shrewsbury in the parish, at a cost of $119 million.

The prime minister travelled to Yeast Plant in Frome as well, where the NHT also broke ground for 51 service lots at a cost of $127 million.

"The Government understands the need for housing and will be working very hard to ensure that everyone gets a fair share. We are not being partisan, selective or partial. We are just here to build houses," Holness pointed out.

"The sacrifices you make today will be for your family's future tomorrow. You would be surprised to know how much can be saved and put towards a mortgage if only some of the frivolous things can be discarded."