The contractor on the $8.4 billion Rhyne Park housing development in Rose Hall, St James has given the assurance that Jamaicans will make up at least 70 per cent of the workforce to construct the 754 houses earmarked for the project.
According to general manager of Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Limited, Baoguo Chen, the project will “promote job creation and the development of the Jamaican construction industry”.
The project is being undertaken by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) under a joint venture partnership with the China-based Henan Fifth Construction Group Company Limited over a three-year period.
The 96-acre development is intended to respond to the housing needs of low to middle-income earners in St James, as well as persons employed to the attractions and accommodations sector.
Rhyne Park Estate will provide 100 one-bedroom apartments at a cost of $7.9 million each and 60 two bedrooms for $12.3 million; 426 two-bedroom, one-bathroom single family homes for $12.4 million; 122 two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom townhouses for $14.5 million; and 46 three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom townhouses for $18.5 million.