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Contractor on $8.4B Rhyne Park housing project assures 70% J'can labour to be used

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 3:24 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), breaks ground for the construction of 754 housing solutions at Rhyne Park Estate in Rose Hall, St James, on Friday. Also present (from left) are: General Manager of Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Ltd, Baoguo Chen; minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr.; Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett; and chairman of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Norman Brown.

The contractor on the $8.4 billion Rhyne Park housing development in Rose Hall, St James has given the assurance that Jamaicans will make up at least 70 per cent of the workforce to construct the 754 houses earmarked for the project.

According to general manager of Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Limited, Baoguo Chen, the project will “promote job creation and the development of the Jamaican construction industry”.

The project is being undertaken by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) under a joint venture partnership with the China-based Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Limited over a three-year period.

The 96-acre development is intended to respond to the housing needs of low to middle-income earners in St James, as well as persons employed to the attractions and accommodations sector.

Rhyne Park Estate will provide 100 one-bedroom apartments at a cost of $7.9 million each and 60 two bedrooms for $12.3 million; 426 two-bedroom, one-bathroom  single family homes for $12.4 million; 122 two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom townhouses for $14.5 million; and 46 three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom townhouses for $18.5 million.

Included are residential amenities and infrastructure such as roads, water supply system, drainage and central sewerage system.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who officially broke ground for the start of construction, said the development is evidence of the Government's commitment to providing affordable housing solutions for Jamaicans.

“So, we are not just talking about it. We are building the houses, we providing the financing and we are reducing the transaction costs to allow you to own your own home. Owning your own home in Jamaica has never been easier,” Holness said.

He said that the technology to be employed in undertaking the development will ensure durability of the units, and will take into account the terrain and climate, as well as allow for expansion.

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