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Cabinet approves HAJ, CHEC partnership to build nearly 2,000 houses at Bernard Lodge

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM
A section of lands in Barnard Lodge, St Catherine that borders Highway 2000.

Cabinet has approved a partnership between the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited for the construction of between 1,650 and 1,900 housing solutions at Bernard Lodge in St Catherine.               

This was disclosed by Information Minister Ruel Reid at a post-Cabinet press briefing today at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Reid said the housing solutions will be built in six phases over a period of 60 months.

“CHEC had submitted an unsolicited proposal to undertake the development, and following negotiations, agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding," he announced, adding that "263 acres of the northern portion had been separated from the property due to the construction of Highway 2000”.

Consequently, Reid said all contracts entered into since 2013 for the development of those lands have been terminated because of inactivity on the part of the contractors.

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