Gov’t awards contract for $1.6-million Silver Lake Apartment Complex

The apartment complex will house families misplaced by the Silver Lake fire

The Government of Dominica has awarded a contract to contractor, A.K. Henderson Construction Ltd in the sum of One Million Six Hundred and Forty Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Four Dollars and Twenty Nine Cents ($1,642,384.29).

This award is for the construction of a twelve residential units building for accommodating twelve families affected by the December 26, 2016 fire.

The estimated duration of the project is six and a half months.

The official ground-breaking and contract signing ceremony is carded for Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 3:30 P.M at the Silver Lake site.

Actual commencement of works is scheduled for February 1st 2017 and the completion of the building is expected by mid-August 2017.

The other families displaced by that fire would be accommodated in the currently constructed Phase II apartment building targeted for completed by mid-February.

This Phase III project is an integral part of the Government enhancement plan for Silver Lake.

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39 Comments

  1. The Thinker
    January 31, 2017

    The people need housing but over e100,000 dollars per apartment.Good for someone?

  2. ?????????
    January 31, 2017

    Stop the negatives outburts Pray for our country. You are all so negative that you do not know what the word thanks is. God Jehovah does not like ungrateful (thankless) people. I am the God who brought the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt. Parted the Red sea. Through the Jordan river. And many more that can be said. But most importantly he gave us the breath of life, woke us up every morning and grace and grace more abounding. Doesn’t he deserve all the praise and glory. Negative unthankful persons please throw away this demonic attitude for the earth and the fullness is the LORD’s. Sad but true, there is nothing you can do or say that can change anything. Read the bible. Your duty is to obey, respect first and foremost the one ho gave you life, be thankful that you are here.
    In this note, I ask that you wish all the best for your country. Pray for Mr Henderson to have this project done in quick timing so the victims will be housed and stop looking at you what you…

    • ?????????
      January 31, 2017

      Continued… you are selfish. What about you giving a journee or making available some pots and pans, furnishings, furniture or anything that can replace what they lost in the fire.Your mouth is nothibg t contributing any thing positive there. Use it to pray for the Government, Opposition, Unity, love amongst everyone etc the list is so long. GOD bless Dominica. Bless the Prime Minister and the other government ministers. Give them wisdom to run this country amidst all the challenges of tongues, lies etc. Father thank you for protection for this country. Quench the strife and those who speak negative daily against you and the country. Bring out all the hidden follies and strife of tongues to light. Stop it those who capitalise on their education status and wants to disturb the peace of the land. You shall not prevail. Your plans will be brought to nought in the name of Jesus. Repent of your evil deeds before it is too late. Let us love one another as Christ loved us.

  3. John Jules
    January 31, 2017

    Dominica is the first Caribbean Island I see that the Government build homes for people whose homes were ravaged by fire of natural disasters. There’s no other in the Region. I applaud the efforts of Right Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt and his team.

  4. Exdaass
    January 31, 2017

    Once peeps hear Henderson all they think of is Vince. This Contracter did a splendid job on the La Plaine Police Station so SHEESH man.

  5. Jon Jones
    January 31, 2017

    I can never understand why there is always a groundbreaking ceremony for any routine event in Dominica? This Govt is a joke – full of pomp and ceremony at the beginning but never getting to complete the project.
    Sensible people would celebrate at the successful completion of a project. This just shows how stupid and wasteful our leadership is. They will be having ceremony to open an envelope next.

  6. viewsexpressed
    January 31, 2017

    The people of Silver lake do not need Flats built, this is dangerous. They need individual 2 – 3 bedrooms independent houses. This is dangerous. Have to take into consideration , play area, yard, garden, independence….This government is building structures not people.

  7. Jay
    January 31, 2017

    Just do not let them be like those projects in developed countries like in the Bronx in the US where their design makes them havens for crime and violence…. I am begging out of concern for the future inhabitants. Ensure the people have dignified housing and that helps them to improve their lives. We are already heading in the right direction i believe.

  8. Shaka Zulu
    January 30, 2017

    This is not to be negative but to ask questions. The fire was on December 26th 2016, and by January 31st we have groundbreaking and construction starting in February. I may be slow so I like to ask questions. What are the plan approval process and review like in Dominica? I work in an engineering firm and no one approves a 1.6 million dollar project that fast unless 1) there were already plans in place for that site. The site had to be surveyed, and the whole nine yards and knowing my lovely island nothing gets done that fast. It makes me wonder if that fire was intentional why the announcement of the cause being solved was so fast. Looks like some money needed to be spent somewhere fast and this was perfect place to do with perfect excuse. I have lost all trust for my government and when things are done for free and hastily there is always something behind it.

    • is dat self
      January 31, 2017

      IKR!!! fishes!

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      January 31, 2017

      Things do not work like that.

    • washay pwell
      February 1, 2017

      it clearly states that this is phase 3.. which means it was already in the pipeline,, smh..

  9. The Truth Be Told
    January 30, 2017

    The apartments will be completed in six months? Ensure they are properly constructed to be able to withstand the type of Dominican weather. Utilize appropriate building material and experienced workmanship.

  10. RASTAFARI
    January 30, 2017

    I wonder whether if those buildings were tendered. It is interesting since for so long now that marigot hospital was in the pipe line. Now this government send it out for tendering. It is so amazing! Why can’t Skerrit adhere to the tendering procedures? This guy seem to do just what he wants but his time is just so near! Corrupt Government!!

  11. PERFECT IDIOT
    January 30, 2017

    I saw similar Dominica flag on ships in Greece so I don’t even know if this contract Skerrit awarded is in Greece or in Dominica. Like our passport our flag has lost value

  12. January 30, 2017

    you want praise for routine work skerro ? this is routine work Dominicans do not let them think that we are shallow minded this is routine work for any govt.

  13. No name
    January 30, 2017

    We papa, boy Skeritt moving fast.

  14. CRIME STOPPERS
    January 30, 2017

    hince henderson and dem again. DOH WORRY IT WILL STOP ONE DAY

    • CRIME STOPPERS
      January 30, 2017

      vince

  15. Screwdriver
    January 30, 2017

    While I applaud such a move by the Government, it is also high time that the people of Roseau Central on Kennedy Avenue (Pound) Virgin Lane, Hillsborough Street, and River Street see an improvement in their housing standards too.

    The ECCB Governer gave a timely comment: do not use the CBI for recurrent expenditure but pay down on debts and improve infrastructure.

    If I have to die to defend Skerrit in Roseau Central when UWP start their protest at least let our children enjoy improved housing so our dying will not be in vain!!! ok

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 30, 2017

      Do not die in a march/protest. God does not want that of you. Your life is precious and important. I can tell He has much work for you to do, for Dominica. Therefore, let it be a peaceful march and protest for you, if you attend.
      I, personally do not participate in such protests for they could get violent. There are other ways of fighting the enemy without lifting a finger; also with fervent prayers.
      You can do much work for the Roseau people, to lobby the government to improve the housing of the areas you stated. Furthermore, there is an MP for that area. What is he doing to help enhance this area?
      Roseau, the Capital should be improved for this is the first area visitors/tourists see.
      I am with you in defense of the PM. Ever since he was elected the criticisms and derogatory words by his opponents have not waned, who, themselves do not do a thing for Dominica. They do not appear to care about Dominica. This is another reason I will always defend the PM.

    • CARTREATS
      January 30, 2017

      i second that

  16. LAWPWET
    January 30, 2017

    boy boy boy, first time i ever saw this , thats record , GROUND BREAKING IN ONE DAY AND WORK STARTS THE NEXT DAY. OUR PM TRYING TO SPEND THESE $$$$ NOW. HIS DAYS ARE REALLY NUMBERED

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 30, 2017

      DNO stated “no capitals”. Do you not pay attention?
      Watch your words. Do you know when your days will be numbered? Do you know if you will live another second/minute?
      Be broadminded. The time is right for what the PM is doing. Nothing happens before its time. Therefore, cease your negativity and small, low-minded mannerism. People as you have much to learn to enhance your manner of thinking.

      • Thinking Idiot
        January 31, 2017

        Apparently you don’t read.

        “We may delete those comments that:

        are annoying to read. Please avoid hitting that caps lock button or highlighting parts of the comment in bold.”

        smh…

        It’s better to let someone think you are an Idiot than to open your mouth and prove it.
        — thinking idiot

    • ?????????
      January 31, 2017

      Shut up Lapwete. You have eyes but do not see. So you so political that you do not see the need to build for those poor people who lost all the fire? What is wrong with you negative, unthankful, loveless…… jealous, envious, want nothing good for anyone, Negative as of hating, ….. mor people like yourselves and others. Love God, yourself and others . Then yiubil see beauty and good and be grateful to the ever powerful and Mighty Jehovah , God who owns the earth and all in it. It is not ours. Repent.

  17. Rosie
    January 30, 2017

    Whoa! That was quick. Plans drawn and approved by Physical Planning, Bills of Quantities and Cost Estimates prepared, project tendered and contract awarded within four weeks. A $1.6 million building will be completed in six weeks.
    This is Fantastic!
    So why did they bring in the Chinese if Dominicans are capable of doing that kind of work?
    But! Something doesn’t sound right, but I’ll leave it alone.
    Somebody seems to find a gold mine. This sweetheart deal sounds too good to be true.

    • January 30, 2017

      completion planned for August, that’s not 6 weeks

  18. Prospective leader!
    January 30, 2017

    I seek to commend the government as a young leader myself, though matter how much national debt a country is in the basic necessities of life is top priority! Similarly like a person , family or house hold you ought to always clothe, feed and shelter your loved one, though matter the circumstances that surround you, go out of the way or bend over backwards as we would say! THANKS

    • Just Me
      January 30, 2017

      as a young aspiring leader you should remember that you cannot buy peoples love. when u have they will eat you out; when u don’t have – they will spit you out

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 30, 2017

      Amen to that!
      God of all demands it and expects it!
      The underprivileged must be helped, even though some are ungrateful.

  19. zandoli
    January 30, 2017

    Are these houses going to be sold, rented out or given to the residents?

    I hope the government does not hand out free houses to the people. That would set a very bad precedent, in that it may encourage others who live in a similar condition to burn their house with the expectation of getting a better free house in the future.

    • John Paul
      January 30, 2017

      You still looking for the shadow when the event is already upon us.
      So you not seeing is that that happening there already ?

    • The Truth Be Told (Original)
      February 2, 2017

      I do not think like that due to trusting people that they will not stoop low and be wicked. However, some people could do just that. Let us hope not.

  20. mary mary
    January 30, 2017

    Is A.K. Henderson Construction Ltd a local company?

    • Just Me
      January 30, 2017

      yes. run by a labour party supporter

    • The Truth Be Told
      January 30, 2017

      mary, mary quite contrary. Where do you reside that you do not know? If you reside abroad, have you not been reading DNO articles in the past?

  21. Justice
    January 30, 2017

    Great move

  22. Dominican Passports
    January 30, 2017

    Yes I skerro making it rain on allu 8-O

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