This timeline, according to the Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, is critical to ensure that the vulnerable are adequately housed before the hurricane season.
Seventy more houses are also planned for Grandbay and according to Hon Skerrit, the land has been identified and construction will begin once the first 30 houses are complete.
“We’re very pleased with the quality and pace of work,” he shared. “We’ve been constrained by the Coronavirus but homes are too critical for us not to continue especially on the cusp of another hurricane season.”
He says the hurricane season is a source of anxiety for those living in compromised homes.
“A major priority” for those in Grandbay, Hon Skerrit believes.
Both the Hon Minister for Housing, and the Hon Prime Minister were onsite recently.
The Hon Housing Minister, Senior Minister Reginald Austrie sees this project as fulfillment of government’s promises
“The reports were there to show that there was a critical housing situation in Dominica not in terms of new construction but in terms of housing repairs. The government took a deliberate decision to try to challenge that housing situation.”
Hon Austrie says a creative partnership with Montreal Management Consultants Ltd is Government’s creative way to finance the “expensive venture.”
Funds came from the Citizenship by Investment programme.
He added that on completion of these 30 structures, MMCE Ltd would have built 900 homes in Dominica.
The fact that we are on the cusp of another hurricane season, makes it a major priority for this Government to ensure that as many families as possible will be safe.Today we visited 30 residences in Grand Bay that are set to be completed and handed over to families in June. The land for the construction of 70 more homes in this constituency has already been identified and construction will commence once the first 30 are complete.I am very happy for the people of Grand Bay and I want to commend everyone who has played an active role in our housing development initiatives throughout the entire country. We aren't yet where we want to be, but we have come a long way since Maria.
Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, April 27, 2020