A Government affordable housing scheme in Cayman Brac will begin soon said the Minister of Planning Julianna O’Connor-Connolly in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly said the project, which will be at Watering Place near Tibbetts Turn, will consist of 17 or 18 homes on almost six acres of land.
The exact sizes of the homes are yet to finalised, Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly said.
‘We want the square footage of the homes to make them affordable, but still liveable,’ she said. ‘We want something the residents can be proud of.’
The houses will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a utility area and a living area.
Construction will be concrete block, with drywall interiors and shingle roofs, Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly said.
The houses will sell for between CI$70,000 and CI$75,000 and purchasers will be able to take title to the properties.
‘Rather than title being held in trust, the homes will come with absolute title,’ said Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly. ‘I’m not criticising anything that has been done here in Grand Cayman, but we thought the project was more attractive with actual ownership.’
Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly spoke of the affordable homes in response to a question from fellow Cayman Brac and Little Cayman MLA Lyndon Martin.
At the end of the Assembly meeting, Mr. Martin said the property the affordable homes will be on is already cleared and surveyed and that electricity hook-up was completed last week.
Both Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly and Mr. Martin were quick to point out the distinction of this project being an affordable housing project and not a low-income housing project.
Mr. Martin said the eligibility criteria are being developed.
‘Cayman Brac is so small, an assessment of needs there is much easier there than it in Grand Cayman,’ he said. He expects the process of determining who is eligible for the homes to be done quickly.