By John Denny
(Ramsbury, Nevis) – Twelve new government subsidized homes will soon be in their final phase of construction near the Charlestown Primary School. These are only a fraction of the more than 100 homes the Nevis Island Administration has constructed to ease the shortage of affordable housing on the island.
Minister of Housing and Lands in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Robelto Hector and Manager of the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation, Mr. Eustace Nisbett Jr., on Tuesday made a visit to the new development site.
“This project is in keeping with our commitment to provide affordable housing for Nevisians,” Minister Hector said.
The Administration had facilitated the construction of more than 100 homes. He offered congratulations and expressed gratitude to Manager Nisbett and all others who contributed to the dream of providing affordable homes for Nevisians.
“Let me take the opportunity again to assure those who have applied to the Corporation for housing, that the government has ensured that two schemes are running at the same time; our Affordable Housing Scheme by the Corporation and then there is the Civil Service Scheme in which the Corporation is also involved. We ask in some cases for patience as we strive to serve the public,” Mr. Hector said.
Meantime, the NHLDC manager gave an update of the project and commended the progress.
“The second phase of this project commenced around mid-March 2008 and here we are at the first week of June and we’re about 75 to 80 percent completed,” Mr. Nisbett said.
According to the Manager, the construction aspect of the project was near completion and he eagerly awaited the commencement of the third and final stage.
“We expect that the major construction work on this project to be completed by the end of June this year after which we have some sub-contracts for painters and cabinet makers that would come in and do the completion work for this stage,” Mr. Nisbett said.