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Cabinet approves compulsory takeover of lands in St James, Kingston

JIS News
Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Cabinet has approved the compulsory acquisition of lands in Kingston and St James for the provision of additional housing solutions for Jamaicans.

In Kingston, property located on Spanish Town Road is slated for the construction of 216 housing units by the National Housing Trust (NHT) as part of its inner city housing project. The Commissioner of Lands has valued the property at $750,000.

In addition, Cabinet last Tuesday endorsed a proposal brought by the Ministry of Water and Housing to facilitate the compulsory acquisition of properties in St James by the NHT for the relocation of residents from the Railway Lane/Barracks Road area to the Providence Housing Development.

The agency has advised that the 320 units are near completion and the relocation will begin shortly.   Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved the purchase of lands adjoining the May Day High School in Clarendon for the provision of a playfield for the students.

The land is privately owned, but the school has used it as a playing area over the years and the intent is to purchase the property to preserve the students' recreational area. The property is valued at $3.5 million.

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