Just over a year after work began on the construction of 56 new town houses in Stadium Gardens, St. Andrew, proud home owners were handed the keys to their brand new two-bedroom homes on Wednesday (August 25).
Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who presented the keys during a handing over ceremony in the community, said he was pleased with the pace and efficiency with which the project was completed.
Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left), presents home owner, Camisha Turner (right), with the keys to her brand new two bedroom townhouse in Stadium Gardens, St. Andrew on Wednesday (August 25). Looking on is Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, Maxine Henry-Wilson.
“(As) the Minister of Housing, handing over keys to home owners is a particular pleasure, because it’s my responsibility and portfolio to create the kind of policies to enable Jamaicans to have access to and ownership of homes,” he said.
“It is also true, in this case, that this is one of the first schemes that I have had the pleasure of doing a ground breaking ceremony for,” Dr. Chang added. He broke ground for the construction of the townhouses on April 1, 2009.
The Minister told the residents that, at the end the construction phase, permission will be sought from the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to erect a gate at the entrance of the community.
“(We) can make this a gated community and make it one of the finest communities on this side of the town,” he said, noting that one of the advantages to living in the community was the fact that it is centrally located.
Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Joseph Shoucair (right), congratulates home owner, Jennifer Marfo (left) on acquiring one of the new two-bedroom townhouses in Stadium Gardens, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (August 25). Looking on is Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.
“It’s an excellent location. Its easy access to pretty much everywhere – business, government offices, public services and, therefore in fact, value will be added to this community very quickly,” Dr. Chang remarked.
He also expressed the view that the uptown/downtown divide, which exists throughout Jamaica, must be destroyed. He said he was particularly pleased that the homes were constructed in the Corporate Area for that very reason. He assured that his Ministry would continue to create opportunities for lower to middle class Jamaicans to own their own homes. The houses were constructed by Ashtrom Building Systems.