Plans afoot to house 60 families by early next year
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE first phase of the Wellington Road Housing Project in East Basseterre is moving apace and 12 apartments are scheduled for completion before September 19 this year.
This disclosure was made by Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development, and Transport, Hon. Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd while speaking to members of the media recently.
He noted that the project started a few weeks ago with completion of the demolition process and the first phase on the Wellington Road area.
“You would recognise that all the houses on the Wellington Road section have been demolished. We anticipate that the first two units, comprising of some 12 apartments, will be completed just before Independence in September this year, then we will complete the other two in October.
“So, by the end of October we should have at least four units comprising 24 apartments. The 24 apartments will be allocated homes by September.”
Liburd, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for Constituency Number One within which the project falls, stated that the plan is then to move on the West Street side of the project and demolish the four homes on that side, which would be completed by early October.
“The demolition process will start on October 1, to be exact, if all go to plan, Then we will complete those four houses on the other side and come back on the next side where we are right now and complete the final two homes.
“So, by early next year we should build out that project of 10 more homes to accommodate 60 families,” he added.
Responding to the cost of and the role Venezuela is playing in the project, the Minister said: “The overall cost of the project is US$8M and 50 percent is being funded by the PetroCaribe Office in St. Kitts. They are funding the Sewage Treatment Plant and other ancillary stuff on the project. So we have some US$4,000 being grant-funding for the project.”
He claimed that the project is going to be real modern condominium-type apartments, which would change the face not only in East Basseterre but Basseterre proper.
Minister Liburd stated that some of the amenities would include parking spaces for the 60 families, an area where they could relax and, “again as I said, a modern Sewage Treatment Plant”.