The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Nearly four years after the landslide in Lajas street, Escazú, 51 affected families of this tragedy received a solution to their homelessness by being relocated to a housing project in the district of San Antonio in the same canton.
In this project a ¢1.792 billion Fund Housing Grant was invested, the land was bought, 51 houses were built and urban projects were developed: cobbled streets, retaining walls, natural protection areas, playgrounds for children, sidewalks, drainage systems and stormwater treatment plants.
The site selection was made after a study and evaluation of 18 farms. For the safety of families, various technical studies were undertaken on the properties, including those of the National Emergency Commission (CNE ), in order to rule out problems by floods or landslides in the future.
The new Street Lajas is located 1,300 meters from the center of San Antonio de Escazú, near the stadium Nicholas Masís, making it easier for families to continue their normal life. They can keep their jobs and use the same health services, education and shops.
Each house consists of 42.85 square meters, with a bioclimatic design to improve comfort through cross ventilation and staggered facades. The houses were built with concrete blocks, columns and reinforced concrete ring beam, in order to support future expansion of up to 85 square meters on the second floor, with lightweight material.
The work was supported by the Technical Department and Carthage BANHVI Mutual Savings and Loan was responsible for monitoring and ensuring the construction quality and inversiones. The responsible companies for executing the works are: Amber Point SA , Gil Housing Innovation Group SA and SA Projects Montelimar.
“That day the sky wept, was a gray morning, then we saw the first news of the severity of the tragedy,” recalled the president of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, during a meeting on Sunday with neighbors of street Lajas in Escazu, who soon will debut their new homes.
The tragedy in Lajas street dates back to November 4, 2010, when a landslide of Cerro Pico Blanco swept everything in its path.
President Chinchilla reviewed the difficult start of her term in 2010 when she had to face the consequences of the tragedies of the Cinchona earthquake and slip road Lajas, the latter, in which 24 people were killed.
“Despite the harshness of the tragedy there is always a chance, there is something in man that says get up and keep fighting. Having kept faith in their hearts, allowed to maintain a fighting spirit. You fed the strength and faith in me to keep going in my government during those four years. Thank you very much for that force,” stressed the President Chinchilla.
The Housing Minister Guido Alberto Monge explained that “a completion project is nearing, only small details are missing and in the coming weeks, formalizing scripts for families to go to their new homes will be released.”
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica