Wonderful Xmas gift for 15 Lindeners

– First set of CH&PA housing units to be ready in December

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, December 15, 2018

In a matter of weeks, fifteen Lindeners will be owners of their own homes as contractors are performing finishing touches on the housing units that were built by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

The 15 houses are the first set of 60 two-bedroom flats and elevated houses, located in Phase Three, Amelia’s Ward.

The project is being done in four batches with each group expected to take approximately 120 days to complete.

Contractor Michael Bonds from Michael Bonds Construction which was awarded a contract to complete three of the houses, described the process as “very smooth,” with no hiccups from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

“The process was very smooth, even with payments. Our payment was on time and everything was done accordingly and with high expectations,” Bond relayed.

Other contractors noted that the entire project created a positive spin-off since over 80 Lindeners were employed by the four contractors, while the busy environment also attracted hucksters and food and beverage vendors.

Construction of these housing units commenced after access roads, and electricity and water supplies were made available in the area.

Thirty of the 60 will be flat concrete houses which will cost $5.3 Million and the other 30 will be concrete houses on stilts. These will cost $6.3 Million.

Some $100, 000 of those respective costs will go towards paying for the land.

Owners had to be prequalified at commercial banks for the units and priority was given to youths and government workers.

Two of these are Registered Nurse Abigail Thompson and Nigel Newton, a mechanical engineer employed by the Regional Democratic Council.

Thompson told the media that she is a mother of two and applied eight months prior to pre-qualifying. “Don’t give up, apply once you reach the age, you might be selected. It makes me feel honoured to be selected today, to own my own home soon,” she said as she encouraged other youths to do the same.

In 2019, CH&PA will be commencing similar construction in the Wisroc Scheme. The process of getting the lands transferred from the Wisroc Housing Cooperation via the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission to the CH&PA is currently underway.

Story and Images: Vanessa Braithwaite.

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