In the Lower House of Parliament, a resolution was passed for the compulsory acquisition of land in Point. This acquisition aims to facilitate the construction of condominium-style homes for residents of the Booby Alley Social Housing project, a venture valued at EC$100 million.
The project, funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China, intends to create 150 two-bedroom units.
Initially scheduled for commencement in 2018, the project faced delays due to controversies surrounding the clearance of the Booby Alley area.
During the resolution presentation, Prime Minister Gaston Browne explained that despite years of effort, delays persisted, partly due to non-cooperative property owners.
All properties have been cleared except for one jointly owned by Desiree and Dawn Browne.
Negotiations with the sisters have been ongoing, with the government offering to pay the full valuation of $144,000. Browne expressed concern about further delays and the need for prompt action.
In the parliamentary debate, Opposition Leader Jamale Pringle voiced his opposition to compulsory land acquisition, emphasizing the importance of dialogue with property owners and expressing concerns about potential misuse of power.
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