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CASTLE BURKE HOME CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

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After Hurricane Hugo pulverized St. Croix in 1989 and left thousands homeless, emergency trailers were set up at Castle Burke to temporarily house people.
Ten years later the trailers are finally giving way to permanent homes. According to Housing, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ira Hobson, construction on the first of what will be 100 new homes has begun. Hobson said priority to purchase the homes is being given to eligible Castle Burke residents and then to the community at large.
So far, approximately 50 residents have purchased 8,000-square-foot lots for about $5,000. Low-interest financing is being made available to the residents who are purchasing the $60,000 homes, which will be built by General Engineering Corp.
Many of the people who live in Castle Burke were living in public housing when Hurricane Hugo hit, so despite the relatively low cost of the homes many still can’t afford to purchase. According to HP&R, those residents will be relocated.
For more information regarding the Castle Burke development, contact HP&R at 773-0160.

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