Government Honouring Its Housing Pledge

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Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley????

Government has started to honour its pledge to fulfill the housing needs of Barbadians.??

This was stated by Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley, while addressing the launch of Tamarind Village, a portion of Government’s newest housing project, last Saturday.??

Minister Lashley said: "The Villages at Coverley represent our promise to the people of Barbados to provide quality housing in large volumes and to deliver them quickly.?? Evidence of this is visible as we look out over the vast expanse of roof tops which are indicative of what is to come and the pace at which this project is progressing."

Tamarind Village is the first of 17 villages to be handed over in the Christ Church development.?? Some 230 more houses are expected to be handed over to Barbadians by December of this year.

??"This can be viewed as a model development… [It] offers hope for many Barbadians and with the aggressive housing programme of this Government, the dream of owning a piece of this rock from Barbadians of all walks of life, now seems like a reality," he emphasised.

??The Housing Minister revealed that while the National Housing Corporation (NHC) had provided the land for the development, the developer had provided all of the financing for the infrastructural works and the construction of the houses.?? He deemed the Villages as proof that the current joint partnership was working and producing houses with quality finishes.?? Mr. Lashley outlined that as a result of failed joint venture partnerships in the past, the Cabinet of Barbados had, in May last year, established new guidelines to ensure that the state, prospective home owners and developers were protected in such transactions.

While noting that a portion of the land at "The Villages at Coverley" would shortly be transformed into Coverley Square – a town centre, Minister Lashley said that "it would provide further employment opportunities.?? I am reliably informed that residents will have first option to access these opportunities, thereby creating a live and work in the same community concept.?? This is welcome news in today’s environment because we will be developing and empowering a new business class, and by extension, generating further employment and economic activity," he added.

The Town Square will include numerous amenities, including retail, medical, day-care and recreational facilities, while postal sites will also be located throughout the development, which, when completed, will include 1026 houses.?? The development also includes a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment facility, which provides for the reuse of water for irrigation and car washing, thereby enhancing the green aspect of the development.?? The houses will feature granite countertops, built in cupboards and a refrigerator, stove and washer/dryer.

Speaking on behalf of the homeowners, Carolyn Cumberbatch, described the dwellings in Coverley as "beautiful, spacious and ideal for young professionals, couples and families" who were looking for a place to call home. "Like some of you, today marks a significant step in my life and a day I will always remember," she declared.??

The development was officially opened by Acting Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart.?? Lisa Bayley (LB) – lbayley@barbados.gov.bb??

Government Honouring Its Housing Pledge

Government has started to honour its pledge to fulfill the housing needs of Barbadians.??

This was stated by Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley, while addressing the launch of Tamarind Village, a portion of Government’s newest housing project, last Saturday.??

Minister Lashley said: "The Villages at Coverley represent our promise to the people of Barbados to provide quality housing in large volumes and to deliver them quickly.?? Evidence of this is visible as we look out over the vast expanse of roof tops which are indicative of what is to come and the pace at which this project is progressing."

Tamarind Village is the first of 17 villages to be handed over in the Christ Church development.?? Some 230 more houses are expected to be handed over to Barbadians by December of this year.

??"This can be viewed as a model development… [It] offers hope for many Barbadians and with the aggressive housing programme of this Government, the dream of owning a piece of this rock from Barbadians of all walks of life, now seems like a reality," he emphasised.

??The Housing Minister revealed that while the National Housing Corporation (NHC) had provided the land for the development, the developer had provided all of the financing for the infrastructural works and the construction of the houses.?? He deemed the Villages as proof that the current joint partnership was working and producing houses with quality finishes.?? Mr. Lashley outlined that as a result of failed joint venture partnerships in the past, the Cabinet of Barbados had, in May last year, established new guidelines to ensure that the state, prospective home owners and developers were protected in such transactions.

While noting that a portion of the land at "The Villages at Coverley" would shortly be transformed into Coverley Square – a town centre, Minister Lashley said that "it would provide further employment opportunities.?? I am reliably informed that residents will have first option to access these opportunities, thereby creating a live and work in the same community concept.?? This is welcome news in today’s environment because we will be developing and empowering a new business class, and by extension, generating further employment and economic activity," he added.

The Town Square will include numerous amenities, including retail, medical, day-care and recreational facilities, while postal sites will also be located throughout the development, which, when completed, will include 1026 houses.?? The development also includes a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment facility, which provides for the reuse of water for irrigation and car washing, thereby enhancing the green aspect of the development.?? The houses will feature granite countertops, built in cupboards and a refrigerator, stove and washer/dryer.

Speaking on behalf of the homeowners, Carolyn Cumberbatch, described the dwellings in Coverley as "beautiful, spacious and ideal for young professionals, couples and families" who were looking for a place to call home. "Like some of you, today marks a significant step in my life and a day I will always remember," she declared.??

The development was officially opened by Acting Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart. lbayley@barbados.gov.bb

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