Homes on the horizon
. . . but fewer than expected as one project is scaled back
Despite delays to developments at Constant, St George and Parish Land, St Philip, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman is confident they will be completed this year, although one of them will provide only half the promised number of houses.
The developments are 90 per cent ready, with the St George project due to be finished in April.
While officials had initially announced the construction of 60 houses at Constant, only 33 have been built.
Kellman explained that the project, which began in December 2008, had been scaled back after it was deemed that CLICO Holdings, which had partnered with the National Housing Corporation (NHC), was incapable of completing the work because of its financial troubles.
As a result, he said, the houses as well as the lots that were earmarked for construction would all be sold.
“We now have to do the total costing because we will have to see what it costs us now to complete,” Kellman told Barbados TODAY.
The Parish Land housing development, on which work began four years ago, is expected to be handed over by September.
Work on several houses and the installation of electricity poles by the Barbados Light and Power Company and a sewage system have not yet been completed.
The minister said the two housing projects would bring in much needed revenue to the NHC, which continues to spend more than it earns.