Gov’t unveils ‘state of the art’ housing project for east

What the front of the apartments will look like

The government on Friday unveiled a project that it says will provide state of the art apartments for residents of the east and southeastern parts of Dominica who were affected by Hurricane Maria.

Spanning four constituencies, the apartments will be, according to the government, hurricane and seismic resistant, modern, high-end and will be surpassing apartments found in London and New York City.

Meetings were held with the residents of Delice and Riviere Cyrique on the project on Friday and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said a total 400 apartment units will be constructed under the project which will be undertaken by Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE).

“You here in Delice and La Plaine, I believe you will receive about 133, 135 of those in the first instance,” he said. “So 135 families soon will have a new home given to them by the Government of Dominica to house their families in a safe place.”

He said further that funds received from the World Bank will go towards housing.

“The World Bank as you know has given us US$115-million and US$50-million of that is grants, which means we don’t have to pay it back and the government,” Skerrit said. “The cabinet has decided to set aside US$40-million which is EC$104-million to go to housing, to build more home for people because the intention of the government is to build about 5,000 homes in Dominica to ensure that every one of us, irrespective of our station in life can have a house or home to call our own and that is the intention of the government.”

MP for La Plaine, Petter Saint Jean, told the meeting that the project will bring ‘radical transformation’ to the constituency.

Saint Jean said the project will radically transform the La Plaine Constituency

“Consider with me one moment the radical transformation that is about to take place here at Fond Toma in Delice and the old public works site in La Plaine with the erection of these two massive structures,” he stated. “Two apartment buildings shall be constructed at Fond Toma between the school and the hard court and two in La Plaine on the site of the old public works at La Plaine.”

He also said that contracts have been signed for the construction of 12 one and two bedroom homes.

“$530,000 have been approved by my Prime Minister, your Prime Minister, our Prime Minister and your government for the construction of three homes in Delice, three in Boetica and six in La Plaine,” he stated.

He said the apartments will be modern and state of the art and will involve other parts of the constituency such as Riviere Cyrique.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you put your confidence in us,” he said at the Riviere Cyrique meeting. “And today your government, your Prime Minister and the cabinet of Dominica is delivering to you the kind of housing that we have never seen here in the Commonwealth of Dominica. In fact, it surpasses that which you can find in the middle of London, England or New York City.”

Meanwhile, Project Manager of the Montreal Consultanting Establishment Christopher Timmins said the structures will be hurricane resistant.

“Each apartment block which we are going to build is designed to be hurricane resistant, each designed to be seismic resistant. It will have laminated safety glass, impact resistant…” he explained. “Each building is going to contain four three bedroom units, just over 1,100 square feet. It will contain 22 bedroom units of 870 square feet approximately and nine one-bedroom units of just under 600 square feet. To bring that into perspective to people because square feet is difficult to imagine, a standard two-bedroom house in the United Kingdom is 600 square feet, so you are getting a two bedroom apartment here which is 35 percent larger.”

He described the housing project as ‘not cheap.’

“This is not cheap housing, this is not social site housing, this is good quality housing designed to go into the next century,” he said.

He promised that the structures will withstand the worst nature has to throw at them.

“I am not going to stand here and say that it won’t get some impact damage or might lose some gutter if we have another Maria but it will be habitable afterward, of that I am confident,” Timmins said.

The project will include the Kalinago Territory, Castle Bruce, Grand Fond, Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique, Delice and La Plaine.

MMCE is the company responsible for the construction of houses at Bellevue Chopin to re-locate the inhabitants of Petite Savanne who were displaced by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

Recently MMCE unveiled housing projects for Picard in Portsmouth and Roseau. The one in Portsmouth will be named “Phoenix City” and the one in Roseau will be called the Roseau City Square.

MMCE is a government authorized agent for Dominica’s citizenship by investment program.

Residents at a meeting on Friday

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  1. March 28, 2018

    Dominicans are the hardest nation on this earth to please. Lord have mercy on your people.

  2. Maria
    March 28, 2018

    DNO if you listened to the proceedings of the event on DBS Radio or had sent a reporter to the event, you would also have reported that local architect Severin McKenzie questioned the design of that apartment building in a rural, agricultural district. He also questioned whether the socio-cultural concerns of the community were taken into consideration.
    McKenzie raised many concerns about the cultural changes this time of housing are going to create in the community. He made reference to a similar housing project in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1960s and years later they created serious social problems because this type of housing encourages social conflict, because people who are accustomed of enjoying their privacy with their backyard gardens are now grouped in three storey apartments with parking lots.
    DNO try to get the footage of the activity and present an addendum to the article above with the contributions of McKenzie and Dr. John Toussaint.

  3. Mahaut
    March 28, 2018

    The truth we need

  4. viewsexpressed
    March 28, 2018

    These corrupt Labour government political clowns led by their questionable inept PM must Go, and the sooner the better. Whoever thought of, and designed this monstrosity is visionless, clueless and ignorant to the knowledge of rural development compared to city architectural designed, deliberately designed for city living and not rural or urban living where there are close knitted families where children need the space to easily and freely run about in the yard. To have children and young energetic children & families locked in and limited to the second, third or forth floor of this closed in claustrophobia is an insult, degrading, and appears that these Labour political clowns know not the difference between rural, urban, city and bourgeoisie housing environment. Who advises these Labour clowns and don’t we have a Bureau of Standards who is suppose to inspect, advise & make a decision based on health & Safety, the right environment for children to grow up in? This is a concrete…

  5. Not A Herd Follower
    March 27, 2018

    So, this looks like a hotel not a residential building suited to the features of rural Dominica. And how are the residents to maintain this expensive apartment units?

  6. Ibo France
    March 27, 2018

    Housing is a real problem. They are not in sufficient numbers in Dominica. These apartment buildings that the government is crowing about are ill suited for the people living in rural communities. These apartment buildings usually become an eye sore because of lack of proper maintenance. They become havens for criminal mischief. Yes, backyard gardening would become non-existent. The monetary donations and contributions are used by the current government strictly for political purposes. From the utterances of the PM and his subservient ministers, the grants and foreign aid are used for political expediency. The people’s best interests are secondary. Skerrit has induced the gullible and the impecunious to swallow his plans as they are seasoned with guile.

    • Mabouya
      March 28, 2018

      Well said. Take a look at apartment complexes in Martinique, Gwada, NY, the U.K., etc. they do become eye sores and breeding grounds for crimes. Based on what I witnessed in other countries, unless these complexes are governed by a board, where people buy into it ( condo, coop, etc.), the renters don’t have the incentive to upkeep and maintain. When you have people who have lived in independent lots being pushed into cubby holes, that’s a recipe for disaster.

  7. Man bites dogs
    March 27, 2018

    I AM not surprise to read all the crap coming from Linton and his brand of calamity sidekicks supporters and also Q95 radio station, I agree that we have all got our own opinions like it or not the fact is workers supporters are all dated along with Linton, talking the same old propaganda crap for 17years like an old 1960s gramaphone player,Lennox Linton, and his idiotic political cabinet must go to give workers a better chance of winning in times to come ,this guy’s a jinks get him out your idiotic party is becoming a social joke!!!

    • viewsexpressed
      March 28, 2018

      This is really the in-natural woof woof comments of this man called the dog barks. When dogs barks we often chase them away because all do is bark and make noise and disturb the peace tranquillity of the neighbourhood…because this dog bark`s master has led off freely on a leach to bark nonsense and lies every day….so even id the public says mash, mash go away. So lets read really what this nuisance barking dog disturbing the peace is barking about his corrupt master: Here goes:
      “……….the fact is that corrupt Labour supporters are all dated along with their immature questionable corrupt Pm Skerrit and corrupt Labour government, talking the same old propaganda crap for18years like the old 1960s gramaphone player……..” We are that man, as he bites dogs, with nothing else of substance to do is on a labour leach to bark les and nonsense. Well Skerrit must Go ad Skerrit will Go. Woof woof woof. ..I`m barking for my master PM to shut me up

      • Man bite dogs
        March 28, 2018

        @ Viewsexpressed, I didn’t understand your comment could you please explain what you on about and this time in proper English language and not booboo language please!!!!

    • Ibo France
      March 28, 2018

      This guy, Man Eats Dogs, makes me ache with laughter. His favorite word is ‘idiotic’ because he knows he is the biggest idiot on this forum. Many times it’s difficult to decipher precisely the point(s) he tries to convey. Politics and religion make many people dumb-witted especially those who are functionally illiterate.

      • Man bite dogs
        March 28, 2018

        @ lbo anytime you are in Dominica look me up in Roseau i might have a job for you pal.

      • RandyX
        March 28, 2018

        What are you selling in Roseau, Dog? Shall I hazard a guess, all kind of things that were ment to be distributed to the needy after the hurricane but you lifted them and are making money of them. That’s what DLP operatives do best. Shame on you!!

  8. neg bwa!
    March 27, 2018

    yow!!!!! what is this for me?? well urbanization spreads quickly.. you mean that structure in Laplaine??? High impact glass and all!!! So farming dead!! man gonna seat back in their professional farming offices. What madness is this for me? Excuse me but i am baffled, who is going to manage and maintain this property please don’t tell me is government. Where are the residents of Laplaine gonna shelter whilst this upscale London style penthouse is being constructed.. Have we all lost it???????? :evil: :evil:

  9. Music Producer
    March 27, 2018

    This was taken straight outta fairy book…Oh boy, poor people. With all this land available, ya’ll gone build this for the people? 8-O 8-O Politicians keep the people dumb down to the lowest levels of ignorance and programming of the mind.

  10. RandyX
    March 27, 2018

    What on earth is this? A DLP Hotel for loyal supporters? Another government project that will never come to fruition?
    If anybody has ever been in any doubt what most Dominicans of today are made of, just have a look at the 2 women in the second row. They love their PM for every cent they can possibly get in exchange for nothing more else but a cross on election day. What a sad country!!

  11. Original
    March 26, 2018

    What has become of the procurement act? Does it not encompass projects of this magnitude? Why pass laws in this country who is responsible for enforcing the procurement act? Cause government can’t police themselves do which independent body is responsible for the procurement act enforcement?

  12. Sisserou and Jaco
    March 26, 2018

    These apartments serve one purpose and that is to take away the independence of the people…
    you will lose your interest in back yard gardening…
    you will lose your interest in owning your own home…
    you will lose your interest in owning your own land…
    you will become more dependent on handouts… state beggars
    you will become welfare dependent… ration recipients
    Their plan is to subtly take your lands from you for them and their friends… while you are packed in projects like the semblance of the slave trade… and turned into state dependents
    Just wait a few years and you will remember a Sisserou told you so, and a Jaco reminde you
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Man bites dogs
      March 27, 2018

      @ Sisserou and jaco, your name said it all, anyway how many people in Dominica care about back gardens apart from having old rubbish about the place, Also the government has the right idea it Will give young people with any ambitions to get a place of their own, and not useless people like you 50years old looking to mama and papa to cook and stay home for sweet FA.

  13. Original
    March 26, 2018

    I would like to know how are areas prioritize for assistance and how much assistance is to be given?

  14. partel
    March 26, 2018

    Its rather unfortunate that DNO did not get the full details their support for and again the huge apartment or flats as they are called in London it was split down the center . Half number of people at meeting indicate to the Govt that it should provide building material to them or help build their on their own plot of land rather than huge apartment . May I inform your readers in the east is agricultural region as result and no allocation was made for the storage of tools and equipment in design of this building they did not take into consideration the socio-economic and cultural aspect of this people. I believe building.

    Let be clear we are not against government provide the housing assistance but rather providing building material or building individual will better served our needs . Such huge apartment is better suited densely populated region where land is limited

  15. Shameless
    March 26, 2018

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Boy them man really mad :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . See the two ladies there clapping?

    If you ask then why they clapping they can’t even answer :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . They hoping Skerro will take notice of their clapping and throw them some crumbs later. They don’t even care if Good Friday fall on Christmas Day :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . Boy our people really stupid eh if they buy that nonsense from the DLP Cabal. They see one guy from Laplaine get a house after ALLEGEDLY receiving a serious VOELAY/ Beating from the Laplaine parl rep so everybody want theirs now:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Assertive like Ma Maria.

  16. Original
    March 26, 2018

    There w numerous local architects and engineers, so why must government projects be outsourced to foreign firms? Why local firms or individuals are not given the opportunity to big local enterprises and capacity? This is a government which is not for its people hence all local governmental projects are designed by foreign architects labs me to wonder is there something wrong with our local architects or is it that they are not in support of this ruling party?

  17. Neverson St jean
    March 26, 2018

    Have all wise people left the east, see what the govt gave u for a bridge. Do not get fooled again

  18. Neverson St jean
    March 26, 2018

    I wonder if there are wise people in the east,see what the govt gave u for a bridge,and believe me that is permanent until it washes away

  19. Roger Burnett
    March 26, 2018

    None of the recent artist/architect’s “renditions” can qualify as regional or international award winners, let alone “State of the Art”. This one is no exception.

    I know for a fact that we have award winning Dominican architects and landscapers working elsewhere in the world who would welcome an opportunity to contribute to their homeland. Why are they not invited?

    Furthermore, should we not be training a new generation of innovative architects that understand Dominica’s vernacular and visionary enough to see it through to a new and exciting phase?

    And finally, where is the voice of our existing local architects. It appears by their silence that they are a wimp of a profession.

  20. Shameless
    March 26, 2018

    Nice rendering by Mr. D . Titre.

    However, that doh good for Laplaine. Come on, are we going back to the old days of the Soviet Union when these very buildings were constructed in rural environments and then abandoned? Same thing in rural China and Cuba where they are now crumbling and no one is maintaining them because the government handed then over without proper agreements for maintenance. Garson Skerro and his boys needs to go immediately….period!

    Assertive like Ma Maria! :twisted:

  21. i promise
    March 26, 2018

    promise is comfort to the unsuspecting

    March 26, 2018

    reading all these promises of houses here and houses there ,apartment buildings one bedroom ,two bedrooms three bedrooms , resilient structures to teach nature a lesson. there is one thing no one mentioned, under what arrangement these houses being handed to the occupants? is it free ? will they own the building or apartment ? are they expected to pay rent? Are these homes given to people who could afford to build their own home by getting a job and qualify for loans or rented to people who deserve at a reduced rate? or given to party supporters? living in the U S A FOR OVER FOURTY years I am concerned that Dominica is fast becoming a well fair state where people are encouraged to depend on tax payers.

    • Dan the American
      March 27, 2018

      That’s EXACTLY what it looks like to me.

  23. prophet for a profit
    March 26, 2018

    I dont know why we just use words like “Resort” and “State of the Art” and “First climate change resilient” indiscriminately. The apartments in Bath Estate and Elmshall were state of the art, look what Maria did to them. ..

  24. Trying to help
    March 26, 2018

    Rather than build this monstrosity of a building just provide the majority of people,who already have property that has been damaged with material and supervision to rebuild.Plenty of outside agencies who will support this effort.
    The Government IE Mr Skerrit has lost the plot and is incapable of cooperation with these agencies.

  25. Dominican
    March 26, 2018

    I can not help but noting a clear contradiction. The overseas developer says that this is not cheap housing, this is not social site housing. However, Mr. Skerrit stated at the same meeting that this housing is intended for locals:”..families will soon have new houses given to them by the government”. If these families do not have the means to repair, or build their own homes, how are they going to afford to live in this luxury accommodation? What are the real intentions of mr. Skerrit’s government and the developers? Will we see an influx of “new” Dominicans from the East?

    March 26, 2018

    sounds good but knowing how Dominicans like to imitate ghetto life, that pretty sight will turn into the Bronx unless there are strict residential rules that enforced. Country people cant live in apartments dude.

    this great if along with it there are a few service businesses, small manufacturing, restaurants etc that come with the additional housing.
    That will encourage people to move to the country for affordable housing and still be able to have jobs.

    • Dominican Passports
      March 26, 2018

      Best we elect you as PM man, I like de way you think.

  27. mine
    March 26, 2018

    Why can’t they build separate homes for people, with this when one apartment on fire the whole building on fire no a good idea.

  28. Original
    March 26, 2018

    Is a good effort which is badly conceptualized. Any architect could tell you for one that from history and observation putting urban buildings in a rural setting is going to be problematic. The cultural life style of the rural environment where one may own animals have a farm is not suited for apartment life style. The form of buildings which are planned for these rural communities should be reexamine and a more appropriate solution should be adopted.

    • dee
      March 26, 2018

      ”It surpasses that which you can find in the middle of London , England or New York City” .
      Comrade, what is wrong with you nah man? i getting really concerned about your health now ein. Don’t you realize you are also talking to Returnees from London, and when you lying like that, they will call you out? You cannot find an apartment in the heart of London if you dont fork out upwards of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS, ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS , so why you trying to fool some of dem people like that ein . you really think is all dem people that still Country Bookie even if they from the thickest bush in Delice . Man i think you need a vacation in de dessert somewhere all by yourself, so you can clear your brain OK, and your mental state could return to semi normal .I suspect you doing and saying those things, knowing you wouldnt fulfill them, for the people to ask you to step down and you will make an exit,
      dem people will find you and call you VOLLLIERRRE

  29. Congrats
    March 26, 2018

    Will renters insurance be required by the inhabitants? All these apartments could become an issue in a fire or something else. How will the government ensure that when the property is built the inhabitants will take care of it and have the appropriate levels of insurance?

  30. Ray
    March 26, 2018

    Is this a CREAD project?
    Is this building harnessing alternative forms of energy? I didn’t see any solar panels.
    I’m all about relocating the people who have been made homeless as a result of natural disasters, and the government does play a part in the relocation. However, the government has too many incomplete projects, too begin yet another. 530,000 for that piece of work and the cathedral need a million for their roof, the math don’t add yet. That’s just a political move on the people but this will not work. Time to give change a try. Skerrit, Peter, DLP must go now.
    God bless Dominica.

  31. trail walker
    March 26, 2018

    Anyway was in Bellevue a couple of days ago and the work is ongoing , people there saying the guys and the contractors were back working on the project in December .

    • Trying to help
      March 26, 2018

      How many years have passed since Erika? And not one new house for the displaced.Calling that good?

      • Trail walker
        March 26, 2018

        Not saying rainbows are everywhere and the sun is shining but at least as the project in bellevue chopin , the progress was really good pre maria . If it weren’t for dominica , a lot of people would have moved in , but is what it is and the work is back on track .

      • Trail walker
        March 26, 2018

        If it weren’t for maria *

    • Me
      March 26, 2018

      Are they completing or restoring what got blown down by Maria?

      • Trail walker
        March 26, 2018

        Nothing got blown away bro , you ve got concrete houses in bellevue , you can go up there and see for yourself .
        Completing the project .

  32. Dominica
    March 26, 2018

    The design looks very spanish influenced. Which has no place in our local vernacular architecture. Furthermore the design of this building looks very hot, with little ventilation, shade and verandahs. What really is wrong with this government, it is sickening.

  33. Real truth
    March 26, 2018

    The design of these apartments are not consistent with the”nature isle theme”…..true Dominicans will not live in those apts. at any price. This is a poor solution to our housing problem that will ultimately end in failure…Dominica needs its own cargo ship, manufacturing plants, high level trade schools, etc…then the housing crisis and many other crisis’ will be solved…….
    This housing housing project is booby trapped…….. Folks I am really trying to be positive, believe me……

  34. Unknown
    March 26, 2018

    The government should allow locals to build homes to rent out. This in return could help build and stimulate the economy which is already in very bad shape

    • Anonymous
      March 26, 2018

      Very good observation. There is plenty of accommodation going spare in Portsmouth and the landlords are desperate for tenants. Why doesn’t the government put people up in those properties and pay the owners so they at least can afford to maintain them. Waiting to see if Ross comes back is not an option right now.

    • Irma
      March 27, 2018

      rent out to whom???

      Those baby mamas that still waiting on their pampers money???

  35. Property
    March 26, 2018

    Waste of tax payers money. They can work hard to rebuild themselves.
    Skerriit must go
    Skerrit must go

    • March 26, 2018

      Only politics, anything the government is doing to help becomes a problem for haters of Skeritt.

    • WhatAmIReading
      March 27, 2018

      Lol. People who dislike the government can be so stupid and ignorant sometimes. Surprised your comment even got likes. I don’t expect anyone around now to want tax when they can’t even afford to rebuild their roofs

  36. Anthony P. Ismael Parrot Sales Man
    March 26, 2018

    Now that we have this new apartment building being advertised, I’m waiting for more shiny new objects such as: Direct flights to and from the US, more new hotels, the actual boat for farmers to export their produce, the Point Round Development a new cruise ship birth in Canefield, millions in fish exports and bulk water exports to the Middle East or Africa or wherever.

    • Irma
      March 27, 2018

      Don’t forget the generator the PM promised right after Hurricane Maria. How many megahertz was it supposed to be again?

  37. ?
    March 26, 2018

    I understand giving housing to people in need but why are we building projects in the nature island? Why can’t we find descent areas suitable for building singe family and even two family homes? Why do we need to put people on our island in these projects? Sell or subsidize housing lots and if you see fit even build small homes with options for the owners to extend. Dominica has a small population and even though the terrain is somewhat difficult there are areas suitable for residential schemes. Our people are just accepting anything in the name of development. Just imagine little Dominica the nature island now like everywhere else. Do you guys even know what comes with these types of project schemes all over the world?

  38. Neville
    March 26, 2018

    State of the art? It surpasses what you can find in the middle of London. Oh please, do give me a break! I’m so fed up with this stupid propaganda from this foolish man. Furthermore, I believe it when the project is actually finished. With Skerrit we all got used to 100 promises and at least 10 not projects, that never benefited anybody, i.e. abbatoir, coffee factory, Moroccan hotel, geothermal plant, new hospital and so on and so forth. We have a PM that can only talk the talk but unfortunately he can not work the work. But state of the art is one of his favourite phrases. If only he and his government were state art but instead they are state of the f..t.

    March 26, 2018

    All well and good, Sir. The Government must be complemented. Labor ka kwavi.
    One thing I did not read or heard of is how soon will be the commencement of that radical transformation be off it’s feet. Hope it is not just TALK ON THE BLOCK! Action speaks louder than words.

    • Toto
      March 26, 2018

      Kid, normally I think you are just a pain in the bodo but in this case like you I am very suspicious and have my doubts and certainly questions. So f all we have had are promises. Roseau is still in a mess and you are going to build Disneyworld in La Plaine? Is this really P.M’s project or is somebody else pressing him. I truly don’t know and am scratching my head because it does not make sense.

      • March 26, 2018

        Other parts of Dominica needs to be developed, the entire country was devastated. Roseau is in Dominica but it is not Dominica and to say that Roseau is still in mess is just spreading political propaganda.

  40. Nacinimod
    March 26, 2018

    Bad Idea..bad idea.

    The architectural rendering above looks more like an institutional rather than a residential building. Apartment living in the countryside of Dominica is a bad idea. It beckons the days of plantation living when many estate labourers were crammed in “long-houses.”

    God help us all.

  41. LifeandDeath
    March 26, 2018

    Objective criticism is not about being simply negative but let’s look: “$530,000 have been approved by my Prime Minister, your Prime Minister, our Prime Minister and your government for the construction of three homes in Delice, three in Boetica and six in La Plaine,” he stated. how does this not equate to crazy political talk. 530,000 divided by 12 homes is roughly 44, 000 per home. This doesn’t seem consistent with building more resilient homes in Dominica.
    On another note, let’s not forget that The ever elusive “NEW” city of Roseau has been showcased for the past 2 elections, so don’t be rattled if some Dominicans have lost trust and confidence in the government. This heavy showcasing of Capital projects coincidentally just before a major election has become typical of this Government as also their failings in delivering these projects. So let’s wait and see, and for the people sake hope they deliver although such projects further exposes increasing dependency on Gov’t…

    • Anthony P. Ismael Parrot Sales Man
      March 26, 2018

      Election around the corner. When you have a heard of sheep what must you do? Fool them.

  42. zandoli
    March 26, 2018

    If I read of another “state of the art” project from a government statement, I am going to puke. These guys build a bunch of crap that cannot stand up to the slightest breeze and they keep calling it state of the art.

    Are there different stands for calling things ‘state of the art’ in Dominica?


  43. SN
    March 26, 2018

    Rather than apartments which are more for urban and city dwellings, would it not have been better to build detached, single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and quadruplexes which are more in line with the rural lifestyle of farming communities? Apartments will herd people in one area which in many cases will take people away from the farms which surround their homes, or are relatively close by.

    • ?
      March 26, 2018

      You are so right

  44. Roger Burnett
    March 26, 2018

    “…it surpasses that which you can find in the middle of London, England or New York City.”

    Why, oh why, do we aspire to be the same as everywhere else?

    The individuality of places reflects the individuality of ourselves.

  45. Toto
    March 26, 2018

    Come on guy, pull the other one. These are the same people from Dubai that built the development at Bellevue for the displaced residents of Petit Savanne. What happen to that development? Does La Plaine have so many homeless that can afford to live in these buildings and how are they supposed to travel from there to and from Roseau on that dilapidated Road? I don’t know what you are up to Skerrit but I suspect you plan to relocate people there from other parts of Dominica that all will vote for you because you are playing Papa Noel. They call that jerrymandering I believe but you call it helping poor people and I call it a crock of crap.

  46. Zor Sot
    March 26, 2018

    What is the percentage of Dominicans who own a home to those who don’t?

    Mr PM my best advice is use these funds to stimulate the economy in turn providing an environment in which persons are able to buy land and build their own homes, where young entrepreneur can thrive and to further foster entrepreneurial activities amongst the youth… to commence this ball rolling, LOOK AT HOW YOU CAN REVAMP THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND MAKE IT A STRONG SECTOR ONCE AGAIN!!!!

  47. Anthony P. Ismael Parrot Sales Man
    March 26, 2018

    More free homes for the boys. I wonder just how many parrots were sold in exchange for these new homes. These homes will be more earthquake resistant that London and New York. We can’t build a proper bridge that sustains overflow from the Roseau and Layou River, but new apartments are better than those in developed countries. Keep fooling them “Labor,” like the sheep that they have become.

    • NabesandI
      March 26, 2018

      The simple mindedness you portray is sickening. Parrot sales?? Really??boy that coolaid Dem fellas feeding allu real powerful eh. I think the sand your leader negotiated with the Polit Bureau for climate resilience is worth more than 10 Parrots. Smh

  48. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    March 26, 2018

    More free homes for the boys. I wonder just how many parrots were sold in exchange for these new homes. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

  49. jihan
    March 26, 2018

    Keep on fooling them Skerrit,anyone in their common sense,just take a good look @ the pic,this will never happen,Skerrit continue to manipulate the poor,you need to go dude.

      March 26, 2018

      jihan, sounds like a name from the middle east. Hope you are not planning any T’IST attack here!

  50. tololfa
    March 26, 2018

    Can t we incorporate local architecture in the design of these houses? It s a great idea but this design would look out of place in a rural setting

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