The government of Dominica has unveiled plans for the construction of residential homes in Roseau which they say is part of a wider program of building resilient homes across the island.
Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Joseph Isaac said Dominica’s resilient journey will begin with housing as the construction of one hundred fifty-six new homes will be built in the next two weeks.
“We will have apartments next to the former National Development Corporation (NDC),” he said at a signing ceremony earlier this week.
According to Isaac, the plan is to also to have a housing complex in the Pound area and “we will have [one] by the riverside, but this vision is not only for Roseau central because if you are from Roseau. You must develop your city centre and move out,” he said.
Isaac said a similar vision will be unfolding in Roseau North as the foundation of thirty-three housing units has already been completed in Bellevue Rawle.
All this comes at the government said it is ready to rebuild, reorient and restore the city of Roseau and making it the first climate-resilient green city in the Caribbean.
Last year Issac revealed some of the plans that are in place for his constituency which include a Roseau Fresh Produce Market and a parking facility.
He also mentioned a US$22 million Roseau Enhancement Project which will consist of river walls, sidewalks and running of utility lines for Independence Street, Great George Street and King George V Street.
The Botanical Gardens Development Project is also included in the minister’s plans to enhance the city.
Meantime, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he has always recognized that housing is a major challenge in the city of Roseau.
He said the vision of the government is to create affordable access to housing for people.
“Many of you are either renting, you have been able to put together a small shack on somebody else’s land, you were unable to expand as your family grows…you are unable to have adequate sanitation and those of us who rent – the landlords – are not diligent as they supposed to be,” he stated.
Additionally, the Prime Minister said thirty-two shops will also be constructed to assist residents who want to start their own business.
“We also have a challenge in the city. We have so many entrepreneurs in the city. People with all sorts of little shops selling different things,” he said. You have the hairdressers, barbers, the young ladies who are doing the nails…and the braiders and so forth and we wanted to ensure that we made allowance for these people.”
The housing complex, according to the prime minister, will enhance the quality of life in the city as a lack of housing is a major indicator of poverty.