No land for 500 homes
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Government will not be able to use lands owned by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHAPA) for its flagship 500 homes in 500 days initiative.
Chief of Staff Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst told State Media yesterday those lands were allocated for the multi-million dollar CHAPA Bau Panel Project.
“We were hoping that we would be able to use much of the land owned by CHAPA … We had no idea that every single piece of land CHAPA owned had been committed to the Bau Panel system, but there are some that we have discovered that haven’t been,” Hurst said.
He said government has its sights set on a parcel of land in Villa which could be used for the project.”
The 500 homes in 500 days initiative is a manifesto promise by the ABLP administration.
Meanwhile, government on Tuesday reported it had received a financial injection to go towards the start of the project from the company interested in a US $2 billion tourism investment here.
The YIDA group has pledged US$2 million to the initiative. Government said at least EC $8 million dollars is required to get the project going.
The YIDA Group is planning to invest US $200 million each year for the next 10 years in Antigua & Barbuda.
Source : http://www.antiguaobserver.com/land-for-500-homes-in-short-supply/
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