SINT MAARTEN (BELVEDERE) – Eight months into 2019, repairs at the properties managed by the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) have been moving in a positive direction. The organization has completed a report providing an overview of repair activities on homes in Belvedere and Hope Estate and hopes to continue this forward-moving trend as the year continues.
As of June 2019, a total of 121 homes have been fully repaired, from Belvedere and Hope Estate to the mobile homes that SMHDF also manages. There are 218 homes pending completion to their repairs, which the foundation hopes to continue to process as the year continues.
“There were several delays to the repairs activities for SMHDF,” Director Helen Salomons explains, “however, through focused efforts and the World Bank-managed Trust Fund monies, we have accomplished a great deal so far this year.”
She notes that the pace of repairs picked up with the selection of Caines Construction & Maintenance (CCM) to repair roofs and ceilings at different Belvedere units. CCM was deployed to streets such as Anna Hoop Estate, Delight Estate, Foga Estate, Buck Hole Estate, Freeland Estate and Careta Estate to execute the replacement of ceiling and complete roof replenishment of SMHDF units in the area. CCM has completed the roof and ceiling of approximately 81 units across these Belvedere streets and has begun work on 30 units in Sugar Mill Estate Road.
“In Delight Estate Road, there were repairs required for doors and windows as well as roofs,” Salomons continues. “The materials for this were received in April 2019 and replacement of windows began in June; appointments will be scheduled with the tenants in a different street once Delight Estate is complete.”
SMHDF is looking forward to the continued cooperation of their tenants as repairs continue to move forward. Salomons, along with Technical Director Telston Bell, expressed that the goal was to complete all repairs, both minor and major, before the end of 2019.