Sixty-eight more families got keys to new homes- this time in Cotton Hill, Portsmouth.
The cotton hill housing project has 9 buildings in total with each having (24) two-bedroom units and (44) three-bedroom units, built with a modern and pristine design that complements the environment of Portsmouth, Dominica.
Like the other housing projects, the Cotton Hill apartments were also constructed fully with reinforced concrete, impact-resistant windows, and solar water heating features.
At the handing over ceremony on Sunday 29th December 2019, atCcotton Hill, Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency which includes Lagoon Portsmouth, Reginald Austrie explained that the selection process was not easy.
“It’s never easy when you have many people and few things to share; somebody will always believe that they were left behind and it should have been Jane instead of Mary and it should have been John instead of Mark.:
He added, “Just to give you the assurance, this is just the first phase of the project. There are several other projects like this on going through out the country, the eastern part in particular and there are many more where contracts have been signed and grounds have been broken for such construction but eventually we will return to this place and have another handing over ceremony for those who were not captured in this phase.”
Throughout his address, Austrie further added that new circumstances should inspire humility.
“Today is your day but please, do not forget where you came from. There are many people you left behind in trenches, and I believe if you got out of the trenches, the most you can do is to help get somebody out of the trench.”
He continued, ” Yes, you may be a millionaire today because of this simple gesture by the government to give you a half a million dollar-house, but you were once living at the bottom of the ladder.”
Like the other housing projects on island, the Cotton Hill Housing Project was developed by Montreal Management Consultants Est.