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KINGSTON — The Government is identifying public lands for affordable housing developments, particularly in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.

This was disclosed by Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Chang, who said that the administration was particularly interested in housing solutions for lower income earners.

“We have been seeking to identify as much land as we have in the public sector that is available for housing,” he told a ceremony to officially open the Sunflower Manor townhouse complex, Mona Heights, Wednesday April 27.

With the use of these public lands, the Government is seeking to enter into joint venture partnerships with private contractors to develop more affordable housing solutions.

Dr. Chang pointed out that the Ministry was concluding arrangements with a developer in Montego Bay that may set the template for these types of housing development partnerships.

He also praised West Indies Home Contractors Limited (WIHCON) for the Sunflower Manor initiative, which features 10 three-bedroom townhouses. He said that Government has had the pleasure of working with the company on several housing projects, and was looking forward to continued collaborations.

Chairman of WIHCON, Peter Melhado, said the Sunflower development was an important initiative for the company, as it marks the beginning of WIHCON’s premium product, which is slightly different from its more affordable home categories.

He thanked Dr. Chang for his support of WIHCON’s housing developments.

“Minister Chang has been incredibly supportive of everything we’ve done. It’s really refreshing to do business with the Government, where there is a strong feeling of a partnership,” Mr. Melhado said.

 

By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter