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  • The Government, in the last fiscal year, provided 55 housing solutions at a cost of $31 million under its Infill Housing Programme.
  • Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said these developments took place in Manningsville and Gazeland, both in St. Elizabeth.
  • The targeted areas are: Gazeland, St. Elizabeth (19 additional lots); Chippenham Park, St. Ann 16 lots; Fairy Hill, Portland 12 lots; Bromley, St. Ann 27 lots; and Lee Park, Westmoreland 69 lots.

The Government, in the last fiscal year, provided 55 housing solutions at a cost of $31 million under its Infill Housing Programme, which seeks to upgrade existing housing schemes and projects.

Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said these developments took place in Manningsville and Gazeland, both in St. Elizabeth.

“Plans for other sites have also been finalised for four commercial lots in Llandilo, Westmoreland and nine townhouses at 147A Albion Heights in St. James,” Dr. Guy stated.

The Minister was making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 4.

The Minister noted that for this fiscal year, the Government will be beefing up its efforts with respect to the Infill Programme as the Ministry provides another 143 lots for Jamaicans.

The targeted areas are: Gazeland, St. Elizabeth (19 additional lots); Chippenham Park, St. Ann 16 lots; Fairy Hill, Portland 12 lots; Bromley, St. Ann 27 lots; and Lee Park, Westmoreland 69 lots.

The Housing Minister also stated that urban renewal remains a priority as steps are being taken to redevelop Government tenements, which have fallen into a state of disrepair.

“The aim is to improve and generate low income housing remedies and to provide security of tenure. In this pursuit, a technical assistance grant has been conditionally approved by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB),” Dr. Guy said.
He added that once funding is in place, the first phase of a technical agreement between the Ministry and the CDB will be implemented at a cost of some US$146,000, to be offset between the CDB and the Government of Jamaica.

“Phase 1 will also see the engagement of a consultant to, among other things; undertake a feasibility study of urban and community renewal initiatives in downtown Kingston. Already, the Ministry has commenced a land identification process in the Kingston Urban Centre area to facilitate the further implementation of its plans under the urban renewal programme,” Dr. Guy said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry using its own resources during the last fiscal year, completed 18 units under Phase 2 of the Albion Mews Tenement Upgrading Project in St. James, at a cost of $47 million, while another 30 units were completed in Phase 1 at a cost of $63 million.

This year also, the Ministry will be advancing proposals for the planning phase of over 200 housing units in White Wings, St. Andrew, and another 24 units on land designated for Block 46 in Denham Town, Kingston.