Family gets new home; old one demolished
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Oct 30, 2013
The Bain Town and Grants Town Urban Renewal center yesterday demolished a dilapidated house that was previously the home of four young children and three adults.
Officer in charge of the center, Inspector Anthony Rolle, said the Finlayson Street home was structurally unsound, had issues with rodents and no indoor bathroom.
Urban Renewal built a new home for the family with the help of corporate donors.
The recipients of the generous gift were not identified.
The family’s new home sits next to the wooden two bedroom structure that was demolished.
Rolle said the house was initially identified for roof repair in February. However, he said after a full inspection of the house, it was deemed unsuitable for occupancy.
He said the house was one of five in the area that were considered unfit.
However, he said the Finlayson Street home was the “worst of the worst”.
Area MP Dr. Bernard Nottage, who watched as a tractor bulldozed the home yesterday afternoon, said Urban Renewal is in the process of identifying more homes that are in desperate need of repair.
Nottage said he is also working to enhance the entire constituency.
"Hopefully, over the course of time, we will be able to turn Bain and Grants Town into the heritage site that it is,” he said.
“This area is replete with historical examples.”
He said many prominent Bahamians lived in the area, including Academy Award winner Sir Sidney Poitier.
The demolition and rebuilding effort was not a part of the official Urban Renewal minor home repairs program.
Nottage noted that the Urban Renewal foundation, which will head the repairs program, is expected to be established today.
“We didn’t want to wait around for them,” he said. “We had work to do.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip Davis announced earlier this year that $10 million had been provided for Urban Renewal.
This amount was allocated to the program to effect minor home repairs in the inner city.
“The minor house repairs project is designed with the objective of completing small-scale renovations to houses owned by occupants who have been identified by social service representatives as needing such assistance,” Davis said in June.