Govt moving ahead with plans to transform Mackey Yard
The government is forging ahead with its plans to transform the former Mackey Yard Haitian village into a government sub-division offering low and middle income homes and service lots for sale.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Department of Housing Brensil Rolle toldThe Nassau Guardianyesterday that preliminary steps are being carried out to transform the 5.2 acres of land.
“They are doing general surveys and internally we are doing a preliminary design of what we would like the area to look like,”Rolle said.
The survey is to be completed in the next few weeks, Rolle said.
However, he could not say at the time how many homes would be constructed on the site and how many lots would be sold.
On December 26, a fire destroyed hundreds of homes on the site located off Carmichael Road, displacing more than 300 persons.
Following the disaster, Immigration Director Jack Thompson disclosed that the residents of the village who may be in The Bahamas illegally will not be picked up and deported at this time, due to their current circumstances.
Rolle said yesterday that the area was cleared of all debris approximately a week-and-a-half ago.
He said the remaining persons on the site are only there temporarily.
Questioned as to what steps would be taken to remove the remaining squatters, Rolle said it is possible they would be given status.
“I believe the other persons would be regularized if they are Bahamian nationals,”he said. Up to press time last nightThe Nassau Guardianwas unable to ascertain how many persons are living on the land that was untouched by the fire.
The Mackey Yard area is one of three shanty towns located on Alan Drive, an area that makes up a part of the Garden Hills constituency. Rolle represents the area.
Rolle said in an earlier interview that steps would be taken by the government to eliminate shantytowns completely. As for the residents of Mackey Yard, some are still being sheltered by the Queen of Peace Church on Faith Avenue, while others have moved in with family membersand friends.