By Caribbean News Now contributor
ROSEAU, Dominica – Thirty-eight families from the Petite Savanne community in Dominica on Friday received the keys to brand new homes in the Bellevue Chopin housing development compliments of the government and financed by the island’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme.
Over 800 residents were evacuated from Petite Savanne after the area was declared a special disaster area after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. Bellevue Chopin was selected as the best site to resettle the displaced residents.
The 340-home Bellevue Chopin modern housing development project is being constructed by Montreal Management Consultants Establishment (MMCE) utilizing modern building techniques, complementing the government’s thrust to build back better and stronger following the ravages of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
As part of efforts to ensure resilience, all utility lines in the developing community are being run underground.
The Bellevue Chopin housing development includes a shopping and office complex, community centre, purpose-designed farmers market, multipurpose playing field incorporating a FIFA sized pitch and a new standalone multipurpose court (basketball, lawn tennis, cricket and netball).
At the official handing over ceremony of the 38 homes, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also the minister for housing and lands, placed on public record the government’s appreciation and thanks to the developer, Dr Anthony Haiden, the CEO of MMCE, for his great partnership in the project.
In respect to this project, which is financed entirely by the citizenship by investment programme, the developer frontloaded the resources to start the project. He assisted the government in paying for the lands, and he sent contractors and he started work without reimbursement for ten months after the project commenced, Skerrit noted.
MMCE intends to hold a public event at end of February or the first week of March, when handing over of most of the remaining units will take place.
The commercial plaza will be the venue for weekend concerts by renowned regional artistes.