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Some 153 residents of sugar barracks are to benefit from the construction of 125 housing solutions in three communities in two parishes at a cost of more than $280 million.

These are Shrewsbury and Masemure in Westmoreland, and Steelfield in Trelawny. The housing solutions will be built under the Government’s Barracks Relocation Programme.

Making the disclosure at this morning’s (June 13) Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said that contracts for the construction of the homes were recently approved by Cabinet.

She informed that a contract valued at approximately $156 million has been granted to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited for the Steelfield project.

The eight-month contract will provide for the construction of eight studios, 18 two-bedroom units and 13 three-bedroom units to accommodate 88 persons.

Additionally, more than $71.5 million has been awarded to NRDR Ram Construction Company to construct houses at Masemure to benefit 32 persons. The project, to be undertaken over six months, will involve 20 studio units and two, two-bedroom units.

Ms. Falconer further told journalists that DR Foote Construction Limited has been awarded a six-month contract valued at more than $50.1 million for the building of houses at Shrewsbury.

The project has two components – infrastructure works and the construction of houses, and will see the establishment of seven new communities for the families, who are residing in 21 existing barrack communities.

The new housing solutions will accommodate 33 persons in 12 studio units and 52 one bedroom units.

The European Union-supported Barracks Relocation Programme is being carried out in four sugar producing parishes, namely Westmoreland, Trelawny, Clarendon and St. Thomas.

 

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter