The BVI Social Security Board (SSB) said it plans to revive the Joe’s Hill Manor project, but said it does not know whether the cost of the $14 million dollar project will increase.
Under the project, 53 residential units are to be built on seven acres of land at Joe’s Hill and Long Bush in Tortola.
At least four of the 53 units were supposed to be completed by December 2017.
However, Deputy Director of the SSB Jeanette Scattliffe-Boynes said the September 2017 Hurricanes ‘shifted’ the board’s plans.
She said contractors are now assessing how to move forward with the project.
“Whether it’s going to cost more or not, I can’t tell you that at this time because they are looking into it. They are looking at whether there were damages, or whether they need to go back and re-grade the road – things l like. You would appreciate that because of the hurricanes, things have shifted a bit so that’s where we are. But we are looking forward to commencing the project shortly,” Scatliffe-Boynes told BVI News.
Asked whether the project has been knocked down to square-one (most preliminary stage) Scatliffe-Boynes said: “No. I didn’t say that. We are going to be giving a statement on the way forward and the time frames and all of that. That should be coming shortly.”
Officials broke ground to mark the commencement the project in April last year.
The entire projected, which is contracted by JL Development, was supposed to be completed by December 2019.
No indication has been given as to whether contractors will still meet that deadline.