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Govt to build housing development in Spring City, Abaco

The government is developing 21 townhouse-style duplexes in Spring City, Abaco, Minister of the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira said yesterday.

“The tendering process for surveying the 21 lots is complete and a contract has been signed to survey the lots,” Ferreira said during a Ministry of Environment and Housing press conference.

“The tendering process to select an engineering company to manage the civil works at the subdivision has also been completed.”

Chief Housing Officer LaFrance Williams said land surveyors are “on the ground now”.

She said the property is being resurveyed.

“We estimate the infrastructure to be completed hopefully by the end of the year,” Williams said.

“It’s a small development. However, as far as the construction of the homes, that is going to take some time. We still haven’t entered into the process yet of tendering out those documents as far as construction is concerned.

“We have designed the townhouses but that is a process in the making.”

Neither Williams nor Ferreira provided a cost for the project.

Ferreira noted that the tendering process for civil infrastructure for the Carmichael Village Subdivision on New Providence was completed.

“…We seek final approval before we make any appointments,” he said.

“Contracts will be for the installation of a sewerage system, water supply and, of course, the construction of the roads. The subdivision consists of 365 lots divided into four phases.

“The initial development will be phase one and it will commence with 107 lots. The second part of the infrastructure is for the installation of the electrical works and this is currently out to tender.”

Ferreira said Cabinet had given approval for the Department of Housing to sell its stock of unfinished homes in the Bahamia Replat Subdivision.

He said it will be sold for its appraised value of $110,000.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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