BCA shares views on govt.’s affordable housing programme

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  As members of the Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA) met on Wednesday to discuss the government’s newly-announced housing scheme proposed for Fox Hill, one member expressed that the venture will greatly benefit small business owners and prospective homeowners.

“That [housing programme] should be a good thing for smaller contractors. The small contractors now have to get themselves available and prepared for the opportunities that come about based on that strategy,” said BCA board member John Clarke.

“What it does is it provides the homeowners the flexibility to actually construct the home that they want.”

A little over one acre of land in the Fox Hill community is now available for purchase under the government’s new affordable housing program.

However, Groups such as the BCA have remained on the fence over whether the government’s move is the right one.

The housing initiative, according to Minister of Housing Romauld Ferreira, gives Bahamians who could not ordinarily afford a home of their own, access to affordable housing.

The land will be developed into the Lionel Davis Subdivision, comprising of 10 service lots which will be sold for under $30,000.

Yesterday, Ministry of Works Registrar Omar Archer sang the praises of the current administration to Eyewitness News Online, expressing that the government’s new initiative is brilliant.

“I think it’s awesome. I think it’s a wonderful idea as it relates to not just putting Bahamians first, but putting them in total control of their finances,” Archer said.

Many persons expressed concern to Eyewitness News Online about the government’s proposed housing initiative. These concerns were about the uniformity of houses and owners retaining a decent value for their home. However, architect Michael Diggis expressed at the BCA’s meeting on Wednesday that the peculiar trends of residences in Bahamian communities are celebrated internationally.

“I was at a forum and they were talking about historical architecture. The gentlemen who came in from the United States to make the presentation found it so unique that when he drove from Bay Street and started to get into communities like Kennedy Subdivision and Stapledon, some people have a tuck shop in their garage and right next door there is a church, and there seems to be no code at all in this community but he found it so unique,” Diggis said.

The Bahamian Contractors’ Association held their monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Poop Deck West.

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This article was written by Matthew Moxey – Eyewitness News Online Intern