GIS:-The Government of Saint Lucia is Continuing Efforts to Provide Affordable Housing.
The Saint Lucia National Housing Corporation (NHC), has officially opened a $2.83 million housing development on 17.2 acres of land in Forestierre.
The latest housing development which was formally opened on Aug. 2, constitutes 60 house lots, two commercial lots, and one institutional lot for a Human Resource Development Centre. The development will also accommodate a church building and a playing field.
Chairman of the NHC, Timothy Mangal, said the NHC sought to transform the housing development into a model community.
“The quality of this development, the infrastructural work in this development [is distinctive]. They include concrete roads of six inches in depth, reinforced concrete drains, and what is most unique about this development is the cost, despite its superior infrastructural development. If you were to place the Forestierre development over the total area of land it came to a mere $5.75 per square foot, compared to other developments.”
Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Hon Guy Joseph, who is also the district representative, said the development is needed as many residents, especially the young people, have had to migrate to other areas in search of housing.
“Now you might be wondering why we are opening a housing project with no houses. There is a reason. I believe that you can’t start at the top of the ladder, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. And in order to cater to the community, for the young people who you want to own a house and land at some point, they may not be able to afford $300,000 for a house and land package, so I decided that I would package this project into housing lots and allow them to buy the lots in the interim. Some have opted for the house and land package so you will see some houses going up, but the majority have chosen to buy lots.
The housing minister said it is his intention to undertake a housing development in all seventeen constituencies.
The ribbon cutting exercise was performed by the first purchaser, Robbie Constantine.
In attendance was Prime Minister Hon Allen Chastanet and other members of Cabinet. The Forestierre Housing Development was undertaken by local construction company, Fresh Start.