Part of affordable homes project
A Cayman Brac family received their keys to a new three-bedroom home that they acquired with the help of the Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporation.
Ricardo McLean, 24, and his wife Natalie Ruiz-McLean recently bought their affordable home in West End.
Mr. McLean, a teacher at the Creek Primary School, said: “We are beginning a new chapter in our lives. I think it is pretty exciting. It is one of the biggest steps a person can take to be a responsible citizen.” “It seems like a dream. My wife is ecstatic and we can already envision where the furniture goes,” he added.
At the housing development corporation’s third phase of its affordable homes project, eight homes have been constructed – four three-bedrooms in West End and four units – one two-bedroom and three three-bedroom – on the new site at Watering Place.
The plans are similar to the eight existing homes at the West End site, which are 855 square feet for a two-bedroom home and 1,073 square feet for a three-bedroom unit. The inner walls are concrete and the homes are complete with a full kitchen and all the standard appliances such as washer, dryer, and refrigerator. So far, seven out of the eight homes have buyers in various stages of closing, said Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporation Chairman Christine Maltman.
Mrs. Maltman said she was pleased with the high standard of work carried out by the contractors and was thrilled to see people now moving into the homes.
“This is perhaps the most rewarding part of the job for us, SIAHDC board members. I would like to thank the minister for her vision and for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful project,” she added.
Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said: “Handing over the keys to a new owner truly makes me proud. An occasion such as this has such a profound effect on people’s lives. We have given them hope and a new beginning. It is now up to them to continue moving forward.”
“The Sister Islands [Affordable Housing] scheme is good on so many levels for our community in the Brac. It provides young people with a new start and a chance to build equity, rather than spend funds on rent. They can see where their money is going. The money that it takes to build these homes also infuses the entire community and everyone benefits,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly added.