The Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporation is applying for planning approval to build 12 new affordable homes in Cayman Brac this week.
The corporation is seeking to build eight homes at West End and four at Watering Place, to add to the eight homes already built since 2008, said its board chairman Christine Maltman.
The corporation is preparing documents for the construction tendering process and the housing administrator’s post has been advertised.
“We are on track to begin construction,” Ms Maltman said.
This is the third phase of affordable housing construction on the Brac. In the two previous phases, in December 2008 and April 2010, a total of eight houses were built in West End.
Minister of District Administration, Works, Land and Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said, “I laud the board and Ms Maltman for staying focused so that construction of affordable housing on Cayman Brac can restart soon.”
The minister said her ministry continued to promote individual home ownership at the best possible cost.
“Given the context of current global economic conditions, I am delighted the board has risen to the challenge of providing construction under prudent financial management,” she said.
The Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development was launched in January 2006 as a government-funded, nonprofit entity with the aim to promote home ownership on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by providing affordable options.
It owns two sites in Cayman Brac – the Watering Place site, which can accommodate 15 homes, and the West End property, with room for 20 to 30 homes.
The homes are concrete constructions on single-family freehold house lots. Successful applicants own their own homes and land outright.
The corporation conducted a public tender process for the contract to build the homes. Local contractors won the bids to construct phases 1 and 2 for $365,500 and $413,031, respectively.
Public Works and Ministry of District Administration, Works, Land and Agriculture personnel were members of the project management team who conducted on-site inspections while the homes were being built.
Currently, the Sister Islands Affordable Development Corporation has no paid staff, but Wanda Tatum from the District Administration offices is assisting with office administration. As part of its review of processes, finances and plans for phase 3, the board will examine its future human capital needs, according to a government news release issued this week.
Existing homes are between 855-square-feet for a two-bedroom and 1,073-square-feet for a three-bedroom house.
Members of the board include Christine Maltman (chairperson); Martha Whittingham-Scott; Larry Bryan; Temple Tatum; James Peters; Zanda Scott; Marlyn Scott; Thelma Galbraith; Ministry Chief Officer or designate (ex-officio) and Ministry Chief Financial Officer or designate (ex-officio).