Dominica closer to becoming world’s first climate resilient nation
By Melanius Alphonse
Following hurricanes Erika and Maria’s devastation to Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit became a beacon of hope and rose to the challenge not only to ensure that more than 5,000 Dominicans will be able to relocate into new homes, but he also embarked on an ambitious goal to ensure that Dominica becomes the world’s first climate resistant nation.
The Bellevue Chopin housing development includes a total of 353 residential units consisting of townhouses and apartments, as well as a commercial centre, which consists of a commercial plaza that has 31 units, community and resource centre and farmers market. Zone A1 consists of 91 units that have been completed and handed over. Zone A2 has an additional 34 that have been completed.
“All new buildings are constructed from a reinforced concrete technology, equipped with hurricane proof windows, underground services. The homes are designed and built to the European upper middle-income standard with all two- and three-bedroom homes, two fully fitted bathrooms and a fully fitted kitchen along with generously sized rooms. The homes are in excess of 1,600 square feet,” [Chris Timmins, project director of MMCE Dominica,] continued.
The flagship project at Bellevue Chopin is not the only area benefitting from the housing project; other developments across Dominica are also under construction and are implementing the climate resilient blueprint, built in outstanding and beautiful locations, equipped with 21st century amenities.