Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley, recently toured 10 of the several locations identified for the initial sites of the 500 lots programme, in which land will be sold at five dollars per square foot, to first time homeowners.
The National Housing Corporation (NHC) and the Lands and Survey Department are currently surveying the properties. The Minister stated that most of the lots were on the outskirts of plots of land, but additional areas would also become available for development.
"I want to assure the public that land surveying, legal and other infrastructural work is ongoing, behind the scenes, to bring the first of the 500 lots to prospective homeowners.??I am also pleased with the hard work and dedication of the workers of the Ministry, the NHC, Town Planning and the Land and Surveys Department to speedily bring these projects to fruition, because I know that there are thousands of people who I meet everyday, that are crying out for a piece of this rock to call their own," he said.
The 500 lots programme will also utilise lands at Vineyard, Clifden and Woodbourne in St. Philip; Guinea, Cherry Grove, Pool, Henley and Todds in St. John; Coconut Hall in St. Lucy; Sedge Pond in St. Andrew; Branchbury, Blackmans, and Easy Hall in St. Joseph; and Forty Acres in St. Thomas.