Thursday 19 September, 2019

China Harbour to build houses on Bernard Lodge lands - Reid

Ruel reid

Ruel reid

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) is officially moving into the housing business in Jamaica.

This was disclosed Wednesday by Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, during the post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House.

Reid told journalists that Cabinet has approved a partnership to be established between CHEC and the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) for the construction of between 1,650 and 1,900 housing solutions at Bernard Lodge in St Catherine.

The disclosure shows the government is moving speedily ahead with plans to develop a brand new township on the Greater Bernard Lodge lands. The new township will have some 17,000 housing solutions among other amenities.

China Harbour is known for constructing highways across the country and announced plans from as far back as 2015 to build some 2,400 hotel rooms on lands it received from the then government as part of a swap for constructing the North-South highway.

Meanwhile, Senator Reid said the housing solutions will be built in six phases over five years.

According to Reid, “CHEC had submitted an unsolicited proposal to undertake the development, and following negotiations, agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding.”

The Minister said it must be noted that 263 acres of the northern portion had been separated from the property due to the construction of Highway 2000.

He also revealed that contracts entered into since 2013 for the development of those lands have been terminated because of inactivity on the part of the contractors.

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