Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, on February 19, handed over the first set of keys to beneficiaries of the Luana Phase 3 housing development in St. Elizabeth.
The project, undertaken by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) at a cost of $87 million, comprises 49 starter units and eight serviced lots.
Dr. Chang, in his address at the handing over ceremony, said that the project is part of Government’s commitment to providing affordable housing solutions for low-income Jamaicans and prevent squatting.
“It is critical that we set out a policy that will prevent informal settlements and ensure that working Jamaicans will have access to a place they can call home. That is the fundamental policy of the Ministry of Housing, that is the charge given to me by my Prime Minister, and we are on a road that is proving successful,” he stated.
The Minister informed that the scheme has space for physical activity, school, church, among other facilities.
“It is very attractively laid out and provides the basis for a very dynamic and healthy community. You can live and raise your family here, and people can look forward to coming back to Luana,” he noted.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, welcomed the housing project, noting that it will enhance development in the parish.
Luana Phase 3 is the smallest of the ongoing four phases in the Luana housing development. All have full infrastructure, including water, electricity, paved roads as well as sewage treatment plant.
The conventional block and steel units, which are being sold for $2.5 million, are approximately 275 square feet and built on 2,700 square feet of land. Purchasers have the option to expand the units.
The eight serviced lots are designed to accommodate the informal settlers already on the land, who have been incorporated into the new development.
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