Eight homes being built on behalf of the Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporate are nearing completion, said Christine Maltman, programme chairwoman.
Eight contracts were awarded in December to construct four homes at a site in West End, while four additional homes are being erected at a location in the Watering Place.
“We’re 75 per cent there,” Mrs. Maltman said. “We are nearing completion and hope to wrap everything up by the end of April. I am amazed at the speed and pleased with the high standard of work that is being carried out by the contractors.”
One two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom homes are being constructed at the Watering Place site. Four, three-bedroom homes are being built in West End. The plans are similar to the eight existing homes at the West End site, which are 855 square feet for a 2-bedroom home and 1,073 square feet for a 3-bedroom unit.
All eight homes are well-constructed and go beyond the usual standards required, Mrs. Maltman said. The inner walls are full concrete and the homes are complete with a full kitchen and all the standard appliances such as washer, dryer and refrigerators. While there is no central air conditioning, the homes are constructed so that central air may be added.
“Beyond the service being provided to Cayman Brac working families, these homes also represent a meaningful investment opportunity in our communities because the housing scheme has created jobs within the island by awarding eight contractors, who in turn, have hired members of the local workforce,” Mrs. Maltman said.
She encouraged persons in need of housing to apply to the programme. Home buyer eligibility is assessed on household income, residency, employment and personal references.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, deputy premier and Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agricultural, said: “Providing safe, affordable and quality housing to citizens is a common goal for every government and I believe we have achieved that goal. As the Cayman Islands works toward a bright future, we’re going to get there by creating an environment that fosters investment in the vitality of all of our communities and we recognise that affordable housing as a big part of that equation.
“We are proud of the partnership (the programme) has developed with each contractor and the bank, by supporting improved housing for the residents of Cayman Brac,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly said.
She also lauded the contractors for their speed and efficiency in working on the homes.
“The contractors understand that people want to improve their lives and they are working equally hard to ensure that the homeowners can move in as quickly as possible. This is what is known as nation-building and I am pleased to be associated with it,” the deputy premier said.