Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2013 Contents He said in the last PSA executive
election campaign, the La Fortresse
development was one of the hot issues
that led to Baptiste-Primus demitting
"Public officers were dissatisfied with
the manner that entire land issue was
Saunders said after the next PSA
elections, due on November 25, the
new executive will have a tough decision
to make about the property.
Apartments now up for sale
Checks by the Sunday Guardian
revealed that photographs of the gated
La Fortresse townhouses were adver-
tised on several Web sites including
zfbhomes.com, T&T Real Estate Serv-
ices and Property Quest Trinidad Ltd.
In a Facebook advertisement, the
two-bedroom units were priced at
$2.05-$2.1 million and the completion
date was given as July 2013. The units
were advertised as having granite coun-
tertops, porcelain floor tiles, electric
cookers, 22 cubic-foot refrigerators,
microwave ovens, washers and dryers,
airconditioned bedrooms, a club house,
pool and 24-hour security. The houses
were painted blue with red roofs.
Meanwhile, PSA trustee Dimitrius
Harrison said he was surprised that the
incomplete units were being offered
for sale, as all the units were sold by
"As a trustee, I have no knowledge
of any sale of these units. If these units
are to be sold, I have to sign off on it.
It is something illegal if the PSA is not
contacted, because we are the owners
of the land," Harrison said. "Those units
were so scandalised in corruption that
those who placed monies sought to get
it back. Some of the homeowners have
sent pre-action protocol letters for us."
He said it was possible that some
units were now being resold.
"A lot of people who have invested
have requested to have back their
money. New people are trying to buy
into the properties. Names are chang-
ing. There is a need to have the trustee
of the PSA signing on the name change.
Anything else is illegal," Harrison said.
Vice president of the Real Estate
Agents of T&T Stuart Spiers said it
was uncertain what the land would
have been worth in 2006 when the
"Chances are the prices they nego-
tiated in 2006 were reflective of land
prices then, so it is difficult to speculate
on whether they would have made a
He said many projects such as One
Woodbrook Place and the Shorelands
project experienced similar constraints
Other agents and valuators, including
Joel Lewis and Linden Scott, also
declined to say whether a profit could
have been attained if the lands were
sold in 2006.
Contacted, general manager of DTL
Property Developers Ltd Lucien Delpesh
declined to comment. In an e-mail he
said, "Many thanks for your interest.
As a private organisation, DTL Property
Developers Company Ltd has no com-
ment to advance on any of the queries
you have raised."
Customers want answers
Several people who purchased the
townhouses said they were dissatisfied
with the slow pace of the project and
the contractor s unwillingness to provide
Dr Ranier Rahman said he bought
two units before his marriage in 2008
and up to now he had no information
on when the houses will be complete.
"I paid 50 per cent of the total cost
for one unit and 75 per cent on the
second unit. I paid in excess of $2.75
"It is unfair and we deserve to know
when the houses will be completed,"
One of the real estate agents who
advertised the sale of the units said the
developer had told her they would all
be complete by Christmas.
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"The project at Long Circular
was approved by the conference
in 2003 and, therefore, any vari-
ation of that decision cannot come
from the general council. It must
emanate from the conference of
delegates," Baptiste-Primus said.
She added, "When my admin-
istration ended in 2009, we left
$7.5 (million) in liquid cash. We
were in a healthy financial position,
we owed no one, we liquidated the
mortgage on the headquarters.
"In four years time, what has
Duke done with the $7.5 million?"
She explained that the PSA
Management and Services Com-
pany Ltd was formed to deliver all
services at Long Circular, but this
company had failed to get off the
ground. Asked why the project
took so long, Baptiste-Primus said
there were delays in getting
approvals from the State.
Former general secretary of the
PSA, Oral Saunders, said Duke s
willingness to accept $25 million
instead of $40 million was a
betrayal of public servants.
"There are certain high-ranking
officials of the PSA who cannot
wait to get their hands on $40
million, monies which were sup-
posed to go to membership. For
Duke and his cohorts to accede to
taking less than the $40 million is
another betrayal and it shows the
consistency of betrayal to the
membership of the PSA," Saunders
"Because of cost overruns the
PSA is facing litigation suits from
disgruntled homeowners for breach
of contract. I really believe that
selling the PSA property was a bad
idea. The average PSA member has
...over slow pace of PSA housing project
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Interim Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nagessar, front row centre, poses for a photo after a swearing in
ceremony for new councillors on Friday. From left, Ronald Heera (PNM), Momeena Hosein (UNC) and
Vandana Mohit (UNC). Back row from left, Simeon Mahabir (ILP), Faaiq Mohammed (ILP), Abeen Phillips
(alderman PNM), Manick Debideen (UNC), Gopaul Boodhan (alderman UNC) , Ashmeer Mohammed (CEO,
Corporation), Lisa Holder (PNM) and Janelle Joe (PNM). PHOTO : SHASTRI BOODAN
Former PSA president Jennifer
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