AGUADILLA – Public Housing Administrator William Rodríguez Rodríguez announced the investment of over 23 million dollars to begin the modernization works of the Bernardino Villanueva residential complex in Aguadilla.
“Always with the goal of improving the quality of life of residents, today we announce this necessary modernization to update and renew all infrastructure systems outside and inside the residential units. In the same way, common spaces will be renovated to continue offering healthy coexistence alternatives to our residents, ”Rodríguez Rodríguez said in a written communication.
The remodeling will take place in two phases. The first phase, in which 132 housing units will be modernized, is expected to culminate on December 28, 2023 and will cover buildings 1 to 5 in stage IA and stage IB covers buildings 19 to 24 including Head. Start and the community center.
For his part, the Secretary of State, Raúl Márquez commented that “our government is fully committed to providing better service and developing projects that allow a better quality of life for our citizens. That is the commitment of Governor Wanda Vázquez and this modernization of the Bernardino Villanueva residential complex is proof of that ”.
The first units to be remodeled are divided into 30 one-bedroom units, 36 two-bedroom, 56 three-bedroom, 6 four-bedroom and 4 five-bedroom units. Of the totality of units included in the first phase of modernization, 20 units will meet the requirements for the disabled and 3 units will be equipped for the hearing impaired.
Among the works to be carried out, is the installation of the electrical and mechanical system; kitchen gabinets; doors and windows; wall tiles in bathrooms and kitchens; installation of terrazzo tiles; interior and exterior painting; roofing membrane, among others.
In addition, jobs in recreational areas include wastewater replacement; aqueduct and electrical systems; improvements to the storm sewer system; replacement of sidewalks; construction of streets; parking areas and garbage stations; remodeling of administration offices; expansion of the existing community center and Head Start building and providing new playgrounds.
For her part, the mayor of Aguadilla, Yanitsia Irizarry, assured that “there has been a long time of waiting for the residents of this residential area. Hurricane María, as well as other natural events, had affected this housing complex and today the governor together with the Public Housing administrator are doing justice for the families that live here. Today we can say that it is starting a new course that will surely improve the quality of life of the children and all the families of the Bernandino Villanueva residential complex ”.
This CET will have 13 computers with their educational programs and others from Microsoft; a color printer; a photocopier; a television and a blue-ray DVD player; an air conditioner console; 13 executive chairs and 8 computer tables; 4 waiting chairs and a round table; security camera system; among others.
Irizarry highlighted that “the construction of the library in the Cuesta Vieja residential area demonstrates the commitment we have as government officials to the educational development of our children. That is our vision in Aguadilla, since they are the ones who will guide the reins of Puerto Rico in the future ”.
For his part, Rodríguez Rodríguez concluded by commenting that “given the great challenges our children and young people face in order to fulfill their educational responsibility, contributing positively to their development is something that truly fills us with great satisfaction. These CETs have helped hundreds of young people around Puerto Rico and today we add a new space for our residents to have access to the technology they need ”.