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Homing in on Families

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, (second left) leads the ground breaking.

When the official groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday, 16 December, work was already well-underway to build dozens of affordable homes in West Bay.

Twenty-nine houses - some already up to the roofline after only a few weeks' work - are being built on a Boatswain Bay site which has a capacity for some 50 single-family dwellings.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom concrete homes will come equipped with basic amenities and should be completed within the first quarter of 2011.

At the groundbreaking, officials highlighted the fact that local labour, from 29 construction companies, is being utilised on the West Bay project.

Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, congratulated National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) Chairman Steve McLaughlin, the NHDT Board and office, as well as his ministerial colleagues, Ministerial Council for Housing and fellow MLAs for their collective dedication to this initiative.

"When I started the housing scheme in 1994, this is exactly what I envisaged," he said. "While many families remain on the list, we are making excellent progress and I accordingly emphasise a message of tolerance as we strive together to build a better country."

As this new community is being constructed on a hill nearby the area's lighthouse, the Premier has proposed "Lighthouse Gardens" as a name for the project if the trust has not identified one.

Minister for Community Affairs, Gender and Housing the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP (left) and Project Supervisor Delano Bush

Minister for Community Affairs, Gender and Housing the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP, noted, "Owning a home embodies individual autonomy by enabling people to have greater control over their living environment. Home ownership also allows families to invest in an asset that can grow in value, thereby generating financial security."

He added that homeownership also bears social benefits, as it reinforces family stability, responsibility and self-esteem.

Housing Councillor and MLA Ellio Solomon also expressed pleasure regarding the speed and quality of development. "We have managed to do very much with very little," he said.

The remaining West Bay MLAs, Minister Rolston Anglin, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Hon. Cline Glidden Jr. were also present for the ceremony.

Currently over 1,000 applications for housing are lodged with the NHDT. Work is also progressing in East End, where some 20 homes are being readied, with additional capacity for another 30. George Town sites are slated to be the next focus for development.

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