Boulevard Baptist erects town-house development
Barbara Ellington, Public Affairs Editor
The effective execution of the Lord's work is serious business and no one knows that better than the members of the Boulevard Baptist Church located along the Washington Boulevard in St Andrew. Under the auspices of Kings Manor Development Company Limited - Boulevard Baptist and Jamaica Baptist Union have collaborated to construct a gated community at 15 Kings Drive in the Kingston 6 area.
To that end, a small committee comprising church members Hugh Reid, Evon Brown, Donald Williams and Jassel Dunstan were mandated to make it happen. The team set out to convert the property which was the former church manse, to an income-generating stream in perpetuity for the church.
The result of their deliberations will be five town houses with approximate floor area of 1,100 square feet, on lots of approximately 1,630 square feet. At a starting price of $21 million (subject to escalation), and a 25 per cent deposit, the prospective homeowner will have to pay another 25 per cent six months after signing and the balance upon delivery of the unit.
On a recent tour of the site, The Gleaner saw workers busy pouring concrete and getting ready to begin erecting concrete blocks over the mass of steel already embedded into the foundation. "Work started July 22 and will be complete by January 23, said Danian Douglas of Surrey Paving & Aggregate Limited, who are contractors for the project.
Chairman of the Kings Manor Development Company Limited Hugh Reid, said all approvals for building are in order and the National Housing Trust (NHT) provided 80 per cent of the funds for the project under its interim financing programme. "We do this for private and public developers and the loans range between five and nine per cent," said Quinton Masters, assistant general manager, project appraisal and management - NHT.
Reid noted that the other 20 per cent of funding came from the church. Sagicor's Denette Jaggan-James said her company was happy to be involved because it's a good feeling to be able to match its clients' needs. "We are happy when our clients are excited about a home, and these units should sell very quickly based on where they are located and the price," Jaggan-James said.
Purchasers will get an abode with a ground-floor patio and garden area, internal laundry area, powder room, en suite master bedroom with a living and dining area that opens on to a back patio and some fruit trees. The kitchen will be fitted with solid-surface countertops and the roof will be a combination of metal tiles and slab. Upstairs has another bedroom and bathroom as well as a balcony. Floors are ceramic tiled and each town house has two parking spaces. There is also a guardhouse to this small gated community.