Antigua and Barbuda: PM Browne presents keys of temporary homes to 12 families

Prime Minister Gaston Browne presented keys to 12 families from the Booby Alley area, including Claudia Morris and Gloria Gordon, received to their temporary homes on Bay Street, Villa. 

Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne presented keys to 12 families from the Booby Alley area, including Claudia Morris and Gloria Gordon, received to their temporary homes on Bay Street, Villa. 

During the allocation ceremony, he addressed the Booby Alley residents’ relocation project on Lower Bay Street Villa at the handing over ceremony.

Twelve families from the Booby Alley area in Point received keys to their temporary homes on Tuesday, representing a monumental shift in housing opportunities for the residents.

As per the Office of Prime Minister, Each house at the Bay Street project will see families moving into a complete structure, offering three-bedroom homes at approximately twelve hundred square feet in size, a laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, and living room with a combination of reinforced concrete, cement base foam panels, metal trusses with angle iron, foam galvanize metal doors and windows. All homes are said to have electricity, water, and internet infrastructures in place.

Chairing the handing over ceremony of these newly completed homes, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Clarence Pilgrim, noted the importance of this housing project, and lauded the vision of Prime Minister Browne, along with the committee charged with the Booby Alley relocation project and staff at the Ministry of Works, who are working tirelessly to bring the project to fruition.

The relocation of these families represents a major part of the Booby Alley redevelopment project that will see the structural and environmental revitalization of the Booby Alley area in the Point.

According to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, “This program that we are pursuing is a program of empowerment. Today, we are here to turn over the first 12 keys to occupants of these homes on Bay Street. We have another ten properties close to completion. The whole idea is to relocate individuals temporarily and within two years, to have the reconstruction of the entire area (Booby Alley) to build modern homes.”

Prime Minister Browne, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the area, noted that this project, along with the recently completed Polyclinic and Community Centre, the continued development of the Villa Primary School, and the housing development at Paradise Cove are all a part of an overall vision for the holistic improvement of the lives and livelihood of those within the constituency.

Offering the vote of thanks was Booby Alley resident, Ms Makela Daniel, who also received keys to her temporary home at Bay Street. Ms Daniel expressed profound thanks for the initiative, as it presented an opportunity for her and her fellow residents to have a better standard of living. Ms Daniel said, “The Booby Alley Project has been long-awaited, but patience is a virtue. Today we are seeing a result of a dream that has become a reality. To the Prime Minister and the Government, the organizing committee, the residents of the Booby Alley, say a heartfelt thank you for your hard work and dedication for seeing this project through to the end. To the Prime Minister and his government, an extra special thank you for having the vision for us, the residents, the opportunity of a better way of living, better living conditions, and a different environment for us to raise our children and our children’s children.”

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