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Cabinet earmarks nearly $500K for two new social homes

Cabinet ministers in the newly installed National Unity Government.

The government has earmarked a little under a half-a-million dollars to construct two new social homes in the British Virgin Islands.

The social homes will be constructed on Jost Van Dyke (JVD) and on the main island of Tortola.

A post-meeting Cabinet document released recently noted that Cabinet awarded Construction Engineering System (BVI) Ltd a $124,536.50 contract for the construction of a social home in Little Harbour, JVD.

The construction company was given the contract on recommendation from the Central Tenders Board.

The Tenders Board also recommended ATD (Attention To Detail) Construction for the second social home which will be constructed in the Third District community of Sea Cow’s Bay.

Cabinet accepted the recommendation and awarded ATD that contract, which is valued at $327,624.77.

ATD is owned and operated by Karen Vanterpool, Loren Walwyn and Erma Vanterpool-Butler.

Cabinet, which made these decisions during its December 14 meeting last year, also decided that the Ministry of Social Development instruct the Attorney General’s Chambers to vet the relevant agreement for each contract.


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  1. Sally says:

    Do these social homes have home insurance? who is responsible for fixing them when something happens?

  2. So... says:

    You told us who owns ATD Construction but who owns Construction Engineering?

  3. Damn says:

    Why is the Govt building a 327K home for someone?

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  4. @damn says:

    Urgghhh… Clearly you’re not aware of the costs of building in BVI, today. It makes me so mad when BROKE people ask unnecessary questions… like, why is that even your question? Brokey Jokey LOL!

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  5. @Damn says:

    The real question should be is how can you build a house for 327k in 2023.

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  6. @ So...... says:

    The owner of Construction Engineering is the Skelton boy.

  7. @ @Damn says:

    It can be afforded because that’s just the 1st piece of Government monies they’re going to get….after the Government paid the $327k, they won’t actually own it SO they’ll get a lease in perpetuity!!

  8. Roger Burnett says:

    Times have changed since I first stepped ashore on Jost Van Dyke fifty years ago.

    In those days an unpaved road ran through a village of scattered houses, a church and a school. The islanders were for the most part self sufficient by way of fishing, small scale farming and the dollars from smattering of tourists.

    They didn’t have motorcars, mains electricity or the luxury of labour-saving devices. But neither was there a need for social housing.

  9. Rex FeRaL says:

    Fix the dam roads

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