Government breaks ground on 20 new homes in Davy Hill
BRADES, Montserrat – The Government of Montserrat is continuing its commitment to provide affordable homes on island, with the recent groundbreaking of a new project to build 20 new homes in the Davy Hill area.
In 2009, the Davy Hill Community Rehabilitation project began, which saw residents of the area partnering with the government to receive low interests loans to rebuild and or refurbish the prefabricated homes built shortly after the volcanic crisis began.
Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Owen Lewis, said the Government purchased the two and a quarter acres on which the new development will sit and also financed the installation of the infrastructure, including telephone, cable and utility lines. Partnering with the Government on this 20-home project is the Montserrat Social Security which will fund the construction in three phases. Six homes will be completed in the first phase, eight in the second and another six in the third.
The Bank of Montserrat will be facilitating all of the mortgages on the project.
At completion, the housing scheme is to be worth almost seven million Eastern Caribbean dollars.
“Government is not in the position to finance all houses for nationals and this is a new direction for us. To see a public-private partnership to increase our housing stock,” noted Hon. Minister of Lands & Housing Easton Taylor-Farrell.