The community of Layou is expected to have a new emergency/ resource shelter within the next thirteen months.
The centre, which is under construction on the Layou Highway, is funded by the Dominica Government through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The project commenced on 28 February 2018, according to Project Manager of ROYC Project Real Estate & Construction Company, Ian Williams told Vibes news on Thursday 19 April 2018.
According to Williams, there are twelve persons currently employed on the project which is “progressing smoothly” and is expected to take thirteen months to complete.
The project comprises of two floors, Chairman of the Layou Improvement Committee, Lazare Charles told Vibes news.
He informed that the ground floor will comprise of a kitchen room, medical room, laundry, washroom facility, and storage, while the upper floor will include an open hall dormitory that can accommodate about seventy persons with a washroom facility, and storage.
“The upper floor is accessible through stairs and a ramp for the physically challenged persons,” Charles said.
The emergency/resource centre will also be equipped with alternate water supply, through a storage tank and alternate electricity supply through a generator.
Charles, who noted that an emergency centre is important to any community given the experience from Hurricane Maria, said the community of Layou is pleased the construction has commenced.
“It has been a long time but thank God it’s on its way and I think the people of Layou are going to benefit tremendously from this shelter, and the amenities included, are going to be the first in the entire country,” he said.
Aside from the many amenities included in the shelter, Charles is pleased that the residents were consulted prior to the finalization of the project.
“So a presentation was made, they looked at it and a few changes were made based on the request of the community. So the people and I were really involved in the process so they are going to appreciate it very much,” Charles added.