Kenya is planning to construct 12,500 affordable houses in Kiambu County.This is after they advertised for developers to put up the houses under a rent-to-own scheme targeting the residents of the urbanized jurisdiction neighboring Nairobi.
Kiambu Governor, Mr. Ferdinand Waititu confirmed the reports and said that they have invited the developers to present proposals to set up the houses on 50 acres of public land in Kiambu, Kikuyu, Limuru, Ruiru and Thika for locals.
“Kiambu County is proposing to undertake a 50-acre, 12,500 units affordable housing project by 2022 on government land where old houses will be demolished to pave way for the new units. Existing tenants will be given a unit each at no cost,” he said.
Proposed affordable housing project
He further said that US $300k will be spent on putting up 43 housing units for existing tenants at Thika Government Quarters near the stadium. The quarters will be demolished to pave way for an industrial park.
“The proposed affordable housing project will be undertaken in the existing estates with adequate space for expansion, which contains old dilapidated houses and structures, as well as new sites acquired by the county government,” he explained.
Each acre of land is projected to host a total number of 240 housing units with ample space set aside for greening, parking and children play areas.
This initiative comes as Nairobi proposes to break ground for 36,840 housing units in Starehe A and B, Park Road, Muguga Green, Shauri Moyo A, B & C and Makongeni estates.
Kiambu’s proximity to the capital city makes it attractive for workers looking to avoid the hustle of long commuting hours to and from the Nairobi.