Mombasa County is planning a mega affordable housing scheme that will see the county invest KSh. 200 billion in the housing sector. Construction of the new housing will replace old government housing estates in locations such as Mzizima, Changamwe and Likoni Customs, where the first phase of the project will be.
The county government has scheduled 142 families for relocation to make room for the housing projects; these include 57 families from Mzizima near the Kenya Medical Training College, 25 from Likoni Customs and 60 from Changamwe.
Mombasa County Executive for Lands, Housing and Physical Planning Edward Nyale, told The Standard that the residents have already been served with notices to move out ahead of the project, which is due to start in two weeks’ time.
The Mzizima project will see the construction of 600 units on 14-storeys instead of the initial plan of 24 after a geotechnical survey revealed that the ground in Mzizima can only hold 14 floors while phase 2 of the project will see the construction of 15-storey duplexes, 14- and 21-floor apartments in Buxton Estate, Likoni.
The county will also build 12,000 houses in Tudor Mwisho, Tom Mboya, Kaa Chonjo, Khadija and Kizingo estates. According to the authorities, Mombasa County has a housing deficit of 380,000 units.
The county government intends to compensate the relocated tenants.