Government to build resilient homes in Roseau

Joseph Isaac

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.

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21 Comments

  1. shrewd
    November 4, 2019

    Any government who think that residential buildings should be constructed in Roseau central is certainly walking with their eyes closed. Roseau central is already densely populated and so congested its very difficult to do business. the most logical and important thing in Roseau central is a parking building with the future in mind. Ten floors, each has thirty parking spaces, so a total of three hundred vehicles. A basement for thirty small businesses. built at the pound area right next to the Windsor park stadium, the financial center, and government headquarters, treasury and national bank. this building would only cost twenty-five million dollars. We need to build with the future in mind.

  2. Hedda
    November 4, 2019

    Bloody traitor.. your house almost finished you bassos.. doe worry you will pay for turning your backs on us..

  3. Ibo France
    November 2, 2019

    The overwhelming number of new projects that this corrupt regime has in the pipeline for Roseau make it obvious that nothing was done there for the last twenty years. Don’t be misled this time around. They have used this eleventh hour gimmick every election cycle. They over-promise and rush to present shiny objects to bamboozle the gullible voter. Anything coming from Joseph Isaac, the Modern Day Judas, is soiled with what we find in a baby’s diaper. This guy is all about self preservation to fill his pockets with ill-gotten gains. Don’t fall for it this time around. Chase them from office with your vote.

  4. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    November 2, 2019

    One hundred fifty six promised homes for votes, in other words bribes. They are building so many homes for votes that every Dominican should be living in a new house with clear title. Same old story every election. Where are they going to get the money? Mother China again?

  5. community spirit
    November 1, 2019

    Mr. Isaac, where are you representing? Calling all young able-bodied men from the Roseau North Constituency and a special invitation to you Mr. Issac:
    This year, on community day of service, we will be painting the State Prison at Stockfarm in RED. Bring a friend, food and drinks, red paint and brushes will be provided. Popular DJs will keep us lively. See you there!

    • birdie
      November 3, 2019

      I in dat.
      I even dressing in red so the pain won’t soil my clothes.

    • Bwa-Banday
      November 5, 2019

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: So you preparing Dr.Smell-E-Deek and his boys residence for them? Well I believe the color RED is appropriate. I in that too :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  6. RandyX
    November 1, 2019

    We heard the same story 10 years ago and most recently 5 years ago… These guys just don’t have any shame dishing out their lies over and over again!

  7. Shaka zulu
    November 1, 2019

    SMFH. The Gov said they will not pay salary with CBI money to which i agree. This was advice from CDB. However the government decides to use CBI money to build houses for people who cannot get jobs and have no means of paying. And those who can pay are cheating the banks oout of an opportunity to finance where they can generate interest to grow and re invest therby fueling the economic engine. The PM is now bad talking landlords who make money from rental properties. Instead of putting regulations to protect tennants and allow rental business to florish. These lanlords could hopefully take loans from banks to build, thereby fueling economic engine. The government through thier house for votes scheme is therby stifling growth of our banks and private businesses with the only objective of keeping people in poverty and staying in power. This is not only absolutely foolish it is evil and criminal. JI has joined the Jack A to keep the country in despair. Such idiots.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 4, 2019

      “The PM is now bad talking landlords who make money from rental properties. Instead of putting regulations to protect tennants and allow rental business to flourish.”
      Shaka Zula, I feel your pain and concern. From hence now, please be reminded that Skerrit is not that intellectual as you think. He appears to be spontaneous and that things are done easily that you will have production and revenue at the same time, but he may be ignorant to capital earnings and investments long term beyond the hype attitude. It is a fanfare for Skerrit that he robs and sell to our people, but it`s sustainability and effectiveness is not that portfolio of Skerrit. He sees only as far as to his toes, beyond that he depends on some strange bed fellows. Skerrit must go ASAP from our government. Skerrit has failed us.

  8. Insomnia
    November 1, 2019

    Boy you hear buzzo,, he wants to be in Roseau and goodwill at the same time.

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 1, 2019

    You are one of the most delusional clown alive in Dominica.

    I doubt any legitimate circus would employ you to walk behind the performing animals in the circus, with a broom to  shovel up their discharge feces!

    I would like you to tell me how do you build a resilient house or even an out house like the one you and your family go and squat over the pit-hole to defecate in pouring rain, in the middle of the night!Government is always going to do something; such as building what will soon be slums!

    You clowns have taken away peoples ability to fend for themselves, you use the promises of giving house away to people in order for them to vote labor.

    People are suppose to work, and with pride build a life for themselves and children.

    Dominica is the only place in the Caribbean where people work for four ($4.00) dollars per hour: US$1.48 per hour; $EC 11.50 per day!

    Shut up you puppet!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      November 1, 2019

      It is more expensive to build a house in Dominica than it is to build one in Canada, Europe; England, and the United States of America.

      How can a person working for four dollars per hour: there are forty hours in a work week; hence  4.00 X 40 = 160.00; so we are talking about one ($160.00) EC dollars per week, an equivalent of US$59.26 per week.

      The last time we had an argument on another forum Tony Astaphan was a participant I had to point out to him that less than a pound of meat in their grocery shop cost more than sixty $EC60.00 dollars.

      So, as one can see it takes more than a week salary to buy a pound of imported meat in our country!

      How are Dominicans surviving, only God knows; without him the nation would perish!

      If a pound of meat cost more than one take home salary, how can people think of building a house?

      Skerrit must go!

    • Man bite dogs
      November 2, 2019

      Man take it easy you might be heading for a Hart attack cam down Francisco, do like me make a laugh out of it guy for crying out loud!!

    • November 3, 2019

      “Tell me how do you build a resilient house or even an out house like the one you and your family go and squat over the pit-hole to defecate in pouring rain, in the middle of the night!”

      Telemaque, when are you going to put your mind to work, to speak or think of things of this day, not of the stone ages?

      Unless it is your family and friends who are like that in Dominica, who else do you know is living the lifestyle that you speak about at this age and time?

      Your mentality is so dark, rude, and dirty; and yet it seems like it is your food of the day–how deplorable!

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 4, 2019

        Elizabeth, can you pleas tell me what is a resilient house, what technology does Roosevelt and Isaac have building resilient buildings that are none existing in the rest of the world?
        You reside in Canada, have you seen any resilient construction taking place, if so give me the location so that I can go to view this technology for myself.
         For your information Elizabeth resilient or resiliency is characterized or marked by resilience: such as  capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture, or tending to recover from or adjust easily, returning to its original form!
        I live in America which is the wealthiest nation on the planet, if there was  such a technology to build a house where it could withstand fire, earthquakes, hurricane flood, tornadoes, that technology would be in America, Canada, and the more developed nations of the world?

        Have you seen the destruction and the billions of dollars lost caused by fire here?
        Some of the houses are built with…

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          November 5, 2019

          Be informed Elizabeth, many of those houses destroyed by fire within the past two weeks in California each in the millions of dollars did have fire retardant roofs.

          One would anticipate a fire retardant roof would protect the house from catching on fire, some of the the doors and windows are also fire proof too!

          Elizabeth, in America home builders are building “Smart Homes” these days, there is a technology used in building Smart Homes (houses).

          Nobody talks crap about resilient houses because there is such thing!

      • Man bites dogs
        November 4, 2019

        I fully agree with you Elizabeth this man has a mental illness and very much dangerous with an infected evil mind to kxxl!!

        • November 5, 2019

          We should all call him Francisco Telemacak. That is what he is. No matter you say or do Telemacak, Lennox will never be a PM, not in Dominica. Lennox is an instrument of destruction and envy and jealousy. But, what do you expect from a high school drop out? Talk about UWP started the National day celebrations. You must be still in your slumber, Mr. Telemacak. Wake up, Wake up, according to Dennis Joseph in the morning. Top of the morning to you. UWP may have brought on World Creole Music Festival, but Skerrit sure expanded on it and made it more international, more interesting, more enjoyable, more entertaining, more profitable, and more of everything positive and good.

  10. Jack Sparrow
    November 1, 2019

    Boss… you disappoint me.
    If you had said that 6 months after Maria, I would have believed you. But on the eve of an election after staying there for 5 years, and want to give the impression you working, you not fooling me, I don’t care how much ground you guys break.
    So all of your pie in the sky ideas keep them to yourself.
    It’s just a matter of time.

  11. %
    November 1, 2019

    JI why not shut up your traitor mouth..
    Why not build resilient people? Your …….crook!
    Danny will politically dump youat the “La Bass” after the ballots are counted..
    Who would like a crooked crook to represent them,?
    How many of the one million trees you promised to plant in one year have you planted?
    Your waste of time!!
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

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