Cabinet has given approval for the transfer of lands situated at 1-3 Ruthven Road, St. Andrew, to the National Housing Trust (NHT), for the construction of new housing units.
The property is currently occupied by a division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz made the disclosure on (February 23) post-Cabinet press briefing, at Jamaica House.
“The land will be developed for housing solutions at Ruthven Road. It currently houses the Protective Service and other police facilities, and will be exchanged for a total of $378,500,000 that will be used to enhance existing infrastructure needs of the police, which may include refurbishing and possibly other acquisitions in and around areas they are currently operating out of,” Mr. Vaz said.
Providing further details, Mr. Vaz said Cabinet approved the transfer of two parcels of land, totalling 5.685 acres to be held in trust for the National Housing Trust (NHT), for the purpose of carrying out housing development.
“The Government has been contemplating the enhancement of the institutional capacity of the JCF through the acquisition and or development of purpose-built physical infrastructure facilities for the Force as well as the exchange of assets between the JCF and other Government entities,” he said.
The Minister said that the decision to relocate the JCF facilities from Ruthven Road “was not taken in isolation,” adding that it was a well decided plan between the Ministry of National Security, the NHT and the JCF.
“I am satisfied based on the discussions and plans going forward. There will be no dislocation in terms of the functions that the police carry out…and in due course I am sure the Ministry of National Security and the JCF will indicate to the public where these agencies will be housed going forward,” he said.
The NHT intends to construct multi-storey apartment blocks at the site for qualified NHT contributors. Approximately 198 units will be constructed, comprising one, two and three-bedroom units.
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