The Chairman of the National Housing Authority (NHC), Timothy Mangal, has issued a warning to persons against reoccupying the La Clery CDC units which have already been vacated by tenants.
He explained that the buildings are unfit for human habitation.
Mangal observed that most of the units have already been demolished.
But a few are still standing.
“Back in 2014 the government of the day, and quite rightfully so, took a decision to demolish those units. The persons who were tenants at the units were offered an incentive of $10,000 to relocate. They took those incentives and then they moved,” Mangal recalled.
However he noted that unfortunately, the then government never followed up and carried out the demolition immediately thereafter.
The NHC Chairman said that as a result, squatters took over the units that had been vacated.
“That brought in a number of activities. You have all sorts of activities happening there – illegal as well. There are all sorts of activities that are not desirable,” Mangal told reporters Tuesday.
He asserted that because of the state of the units, if persons continue to occupy them, there could be serious liabilities.
The NHC Chairman disclosed that on the initiative of the MP for the area, Stephenson King, a ‘mixed use’ development will be created in the area.
“Have persons who are more underprivileged, deprived etc, live within a community with persons who are more capable, thereby empowering those other persons that they could learn and benefit from those people, as well as bringing in some mixed commercial activity.”
“We are looking to do this in La Clery,” he told reporters.
He appealed to persons not to reoccupy units that have been vacated, warning that the area will be deemed a special enforcement zone, empowering the NHC and the government to return and demolish units.
“Give us the opportunity, let us prepare something that is good for the people and the residents of that community,” he stated.