St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Following several delays, officials at the Ministry of Housing are hopeful of completing work on the first phase of the long-awaited housing complex on Wellington Road in the coming weeks.
Minister of Housing Eugene Hamilton tells WINN that he is hopeful that sometime within the next month the first set of 24 condominiums will be distributed.
Providing an update on the project, Minster Hamilton pointed out that he is aware that minor work is still left to be completed on the first set of units.
“Well the project is halfway complete. Well there is supposed to be units on both sides of the street. For now, I know 24 are nearing completion because there are still little things to do here and there and that is far as I am aware,” he told WINN FM.
Work on the project started back in early 2019, and the first phase of the three-phased project, including distribution was expected to be completed by September/October that year.
But that did not materialize due to several challenges the project encountered, the minister said.
Two of the ten proposed complexes have so far been completed; however, it has been met with criticisms, as the buildings have reportedly been deemed to have breached fire regulations.
That is, they have no fire escapes which according government critics were reportedly not in the initial plans.
WINN FM asked the minister about that suggestion, but he said he was not aware of that.
The project is expected to cost $8 million and is being partly funded by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The new housing condominiums when completed will house 60 families all of whom were removed from dilapidated buildings.