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$733-m housing projects for St Thomas sugar workers

Thursday, December 19, 2013    

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SUGAR workers in St Thomas are to benefit from housing projects valued at over $733 million.

Cabinet has approved two contracts for $465. 8 million and $267.2 million, respectively, for the construction of houses in Stokes Hall and Hampton Court under the Barracks Relocation Project of the Sugar Transformation Programme.

Making the announcement at yesterday's Jamaica House press briefing, the minister responsible for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, said the Stokes Hall housing project will comprise 66 studio units; 47 two-bedroom units; and 32 three-bedroom units.

The Hampton Courts scheme, announced, will include 30 studio units, 26 two-bedrooms, and 24 three-bedroom units.

Minister Falconer noted that the contracts for the infrastructure works have already been signed, with work progressing satisfactorily and nearing completion on four of the sites.

The works are being undertaken by SeniTech Engineering Solution Limited over a 10-month period.

The Barracks Relocation project is being carried out in the four sugar-producing parishes of Westmoreland, St Thomas, Clarendon, and Trelawny.

Under the programme, seven new communities will be established for families of sugar workers, who currently live in barrack-type communities.

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