Dominica: Construction of New Housing Development kicks off in Grand Bay and Dubic

Residents of Grand Bay and Dubic are set to benefit from the government's Housing Revolution as the construction of a new Housing Development is ongoing in Dominica.

Dominica: Construction of New Housing Development kicks off in Grand Bay and Dubic
Dominica: Construction of New Housing Development kicks off in Grand Bay and Dubic

Roseau, Dominica: Residents of Grand Bay and Dubic are set to benefit from the government’s Housing Revolution as the construction of a new Housing Development is ongoing in Dominica. Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit led a delegation on a site visit to the new housing development on Tuesday. 

The project is part of the government’s mandate to provide safe and resilient housing for all vulnerable citizens. The new development consists of 88 standalone units, 29 empty plots for construction, and 17 housing units for restoration. The project is expected to be completed in 2024. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit explained that this new development will address the housing needs of residents of Dubic as well as Grand Bay. 

He said,”This is a major project of building new homes, as after Erica, we had to relocate the residents of Dubic. Initially, we built some petrocasters for them. Some of them were impacted by the hurricane, and we decided to put efforts for greater resilience by redeveloping the homes. So we have in excess of 40 homes for the residents of Dubic combination of three and two bedrooms.” 

PM Roosevelt Skerrit asserted that they also recognize the housing need for Grand Bay, and they have also made provisions for housing in Grand Bay. He said that in the first instance, 24 new homes will be built, and 10 will be renovated. 

All the buildings, including a church and a hurricane shelter, will also form part of the development. He said that in addition to the housing there, they have a church, and they are building a community centre that will include a hurricane shelter with all of the support and amenities. Along with that, the government is also building a new standalone magistrate court and they utilize the space existing in the police station with all of the support services to allow the magistrate to carry this function. 

PM Skerrit said,” We also built a fire station with appropriate office spaces and accommodation for the fire service.” 

Minister for Housing and Urban Development of Dominica- Melissa Poponne Skerrit said that the completion of this housing development will bring a sense of safety to the residents. She said that this one is particularly unique, and with their future resettlement, they will mimic what they are doing here today because this is a resilient village within a village. 

Melissa Skerrit said,” Prime Minister aligned all the different aspects of this area which I’m very excited about the shops, the resilient homes, the fire station upgrade. the church magistrates court. If you’re living here, you don’t even have to go outside of the village, and so I believe this is an exciting moment for the residents who will be occupying this area. Many of them were displaced, but as we’ve been providing a rental for them for about 62 families so you can imagine the cost over these years providing this. So we’ll be really happy to get this expense of our budget and place them into their rightful homes.”

Member of Parliament for the Grand Bay constituency, Dr Vince Henderson, extended gratitude to the contractors for the work they have done despite the challenges that they have faced. He said,” I want to begin by thanking the contractors for taking us so far so fast in spite of the challenges, and I’m happy with the announcement of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Housing have made, but I want to particularly thank the contractors for staying the course and reaching so far on the difficult circumstances not only for tight budget but with the impact of inflation. I think sometimes we underestimate the impact that certain Global activities like the war in Ukraine have on the cost of construction, in particular in Dominica.”

Member of Parliament for the Petite Savanne constituency Julian Defoe said that these homes will not only benefit residents who have been relocated but will also extend to other vulnerable residents in the community.