Gov't to offer houses, cash to occupants of Garvey home

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has revealed that the Government is to offer houses and cash to the owners/occupants of the Marcus Garvey boyhood home in St Ann's Bay, St Ann.

Minister Grange made the revelation in the wake of concerns that the Government would be evicting the residents from 32 Market Street now that it has executed compulsory acquisition of the property to begin establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.

“I assure the families there, and the rest of Jamaica, that we will not be moving them off the property and leaving them without making other arrangements for them to live in a comfortable way,” Minister Grange is quoted in a release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

The minister also revealed that the Government has been proposing alternative accommodations to the occupants since 2011 when former Prime Minister Bruce Golding broke ground for the construction of the living history museum in tribute to Marcus Garvey at the site.

“In 2011 a valuation was done on the property, and based on that valuation funds were identified [to purchase the property]. At that time, there were no owners. Subsequently, persons were able to get their names on the title — those are the individuals who have been living there.

“We have offered [the occupants] other accommodations. We have worked with the Housing Agency of Jamaica to identify, on more than one occasion, accommodation for them. Persons living there have made demands and we have not considered some of those demands to be reasonable,” Grange said.

The minister said the compulsory acquisition of the property follows years of negotiation with the occupants to clear the way for the project, which has been stalled since 2011.

“We will relocate the families; and we will work with them to ensure that where they are relocated to, they will be comfortable. But it cannot continue like this; we must act,” said the culture minister, who added that, “the house is deteriorating, the conditions are not good, and it is bad for the image of Marcus Garvey and Jamaica to have the property deteriorate [instead of moving to start the development].”

Grange said, too, that she had been working with the Member of Parliament for North East St Ann, Shahine Robinson, to find a suitable solution.

“The MP has identified two properties — a three bedroom and a two bedroom — and so will be making the offer [of the two properties] to the families. So they will be getting properties in exchange [for the Garvey home] and also the funds that have been set aside to pay for Garvey's boyhood home.

I think we're being more than reasonable,” she said.

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