77 Cornwall Street in Falmouth is better known as “Compound.” This is a tenement yard located adjacent to the Elleston Wakeland Youth Centre.
For decades, this address has been the starting point of many a successful family from Falmouth. It usually provides a place for struggling families to live. Many then move out as their lot improves, and others come in and take the vacant house. Some however have opted to remained there throughout the years, whether by choice or circumstances.
Over time, the physical infrastructure has become run down and in need of a facelift in keeping with the development of the town.
Indeed, Cornwall Street is now one of the main streets in Falmouth after the introduction of the one-way system a few years ago.
That facelift is coming through the HOPE Project, spearheaded by Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Victor Wright. The small community of Compound is expected to be totally demolished and rebuilt.
With Falmouth being a cruise ship port town, it is no surprise that this project has been given the green light.
HOPE stands for Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment and was introduced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during his 2017/18 Budget Debate presentation.
The tenement replacement project is planned to eventually be undertaken in all parishes. According to MP Wright, through his efforts to get the project to Falmouth, Falmouth is one of the first towns in which it will be executed.
Asked about how far advanced the project is, MP Wright said that a land survey has already been successfully undertaken. The next phase is scheduled to be the social survey. This will determine the needs of the residents of the area in terms of accommodations.
After the social survey, the next step is for planners to decide on the rest of the project. This includes the the possible design and amount of units that will need to be built.
3 Storey Buildings
MP Wright says the project is expected to consist of three, two and one bedroom homes built in 3-storey structures. Each building is expected to hold six families. It is not yet known how many of these will need to be built, and will not be known until the social survey has been completed.
At the moment, about 16 existing structures make up the Compound property. These house several families. All these structures will be totally demolished to make way for the construction of the brand new units. It will be a complete and total makeover.
Resettlement During Construction
Construction is expected to take place within 6 months. The residents will therefore need to be relocated. To make provision for this relocation and in case the project is not completed on time, the residents will be given a relocation allowance for 10 months.
The estimated cost of the project is expected to be $180 million, divided into 3 phases of $60 million each.
Estimated Starting Date
When will the project commence? According to MP Victor Wright, it is estimated that it will take approximately 3 months for the social survey, planning and other preliminary tasks to be completed before the project can actually begin.
In the End, Minimal Costs to Residents
Despite the huge financial outlay, the finished buildings will still see minimal costs to residents. Victor Wright stated that contrary to rumors saying only some residents will benefit, all those currently living in “Compound” will qualify for the units.
According to the North Trelawny Member of Parliament, the residents will see minor costs for the unit and will be responsible for electricity and water bill.
Rebuilding of Compound
The modernization of Compound is yet another step in the rapid development of Falmouth. This should see a great facelift to 77 Cornwall Street and by extension, to the town of Falmouth.
On behalf of the residents of Falmouth and its environs, Falmouth News would like to thank Member of Parliament Victor Wright, the government of Jamaica and all those who are involved in bringing this welcome development to our town.