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House fit for a champion

PORT OF SPAIN — Toco-born Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott will be able to move into his new luxury home at Federation Park Villas in about two weeks.

Housing Development Corporation managing director Jearlean John told the Express yesterday the HDC was finalising all the legal documents required for Walcott’s ownership of the townhouse.

The townhouse comprises three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, dining room, study and kitchen and is owned by the HDC, she said.

The unit, she added, was fully furnished with 24-hour security on the site.

John said Federation Villas was just about four years old and was not for sale.

John explained that the townhouses were built to accommodate foreign consultants and also for ministers who may reside in Tobago but come to Trinidad for Cabinet or Parliament meetings. They are not assigned to anyone in particular.

Asked if Walcott would be able to sell the unit if he so wishes, John said he would have the legal title to his Federation Park townhouse.

Upon his return from the London Olympics on Monday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced a number of rewards for Walcott at a reception at Piarco International Airport.

In addition to the $2.5 million townhouse at Federation Villas, Walcott is to receive $1 million cash, 20,000 square feet of land in Toco and a scholarship from the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

In addition, the Toco Lighthouse was named after Walcott as well as the school he attended — Toco Secondary School.

A new Caribbean Airlines aircraft which is to arrive in this country later this month will also carry Walcott’s name.

Persad-Bissessar also said the HDC would construct a housing development in Toco to offer housing to persons and also to generate employment in that area.

John said construction of the project would begin on January 2, 2013 at a site in Cumana and is expected to be completed in 18 months. (Express)

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