The Kenyan government is set to commence the construction of a low-cost housing project in coastal county of Mombasa as part of the Big Four agenda.

Land, Housing and Physical Planning executive Edward Dzila Nyale confirmed the reports saying that the county has a housing deficit of 380,000 units and plans to erect 32,000 units in the next two years to narrow the gap.

“Plans are underway to break ground at Mzizima where we will start the development of 600 units near the Kenya Medical Training College. We will construct 14 floors in this area instead of the initial 24. From the technical survey the ground can only support fourteen,” Mr Nyale said.

To carry out the project’s first phase, the county has earmarked Mzizima, Miritini Greenfields, Changamwe, Likoni and Nyerere estates for demolition and construction. The second phase involves the redevelopment of 12,000 housing units in Tudor Mwisho, Buxton, Tom Mboya, Kaa Chonjo, Khadija and Kizingo estates as envisaged in the County’s Vision 2035.

According to the projects timeline, the units should be complete between 18 and 34 months.

Housing is a key pillar in Vision 2030 which adequately connects to Mombasa’s development blueprint that seeks to create a vibrant economy with a focus on SMEs in a bid to create jobs for the youth and women.

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