Fidelis Heights apartment development at St Augustine where
Brian Manning, son of the Prime Minister Patrick Manning,
is seeking to live. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
PMs son applied for apartment
HDC says application was made two years ago.
He meets the criteria
Brian Manning, son of Prime Minister Patrick Manning, applied
two years ago for an apartment in the Housing Development
Authoritys upscale Fidelis Heights development in
St Augustine, HDC managing director Noel Garcia confirmed
The Fidelis Heights development is one of HDCs pricier
projects, located at Gordon Street and Santa Margarita corner
in the upscale eastern suburbopposite the Hugh Wooding
Garcia spoke on the situation, after queries on the matter
to Planning and Housing Minister Emily Dick-Forde at yesterdays
weekly post-Cabinet media briefing.
Dick-Forde said she was not aware of an allocation for Manning.
However, Garcia confirmed Mannings application was
made to HDC two years ago like that of any normal
citizen of T&T.
Manning (Brian) is currently going through the assessment
process, Garcia said.
far as I am aware no allocation has been made for Fidelis
Heights yet, so if there is any question whether he has
been actually allocated an apartment there, it is very much
a premature question as far as Im concerned.
Garcia said Mannings application came through normal
channelsvia an application form submitted to HDC and
entered into the Authoritys database.
He said the main criteria for application of any HDC property
was that the applicant must be a resident citizen of T&T
and not the owner of property.
as far as Im aware, is a resident citizen of T&T,
made an application and it is being assessed like any other
citizen hes one of thousands who apply to HDC.
a number of people applied for Fidelis Heights units and
this development will be allocated shortly.
Garcia said the Government had taken a decision not to subsidise
this particular development.
It is being sold at market rates in HDCs thrust to
expand and attract an open market clientele.
The development is therefore not part of HDCs provision
of subsidised housing for low-income earners.
HDCs promotion puts the prices for units at Fidelis
Heights in a range between $566,000 and $877,000.
Guardian checks confirmed that Mannings application
was made jointly, in name with anotherfemaleapplicant
whose workplace is listed as a Federation Park research
Manning, 33, was a business analyst with the Inter-American
Development Bank and a business development analyst with
Neal and Massy.
In 2006, he became head of PNMs Web site committee.
Speaking then, Manning said he was a businessman and did
not intend to follow his father into politics.
He said he was concentrating on projects.
Last year, young Manning was the centre of some controversy
when he submitted a proposal to the Basketball Federation
for establishment of a semi-professional basketball league.
Estimates were that it would cost taxpayers $3 million.
The plan had not got off the ground to date, sports officials
Yesterday, calculations revealed that in order to afford
a mortgage of one of the Fidelis Heights apartments,
a prospective homeowner may have to have a salary range
of around $30,000 monthly.
The development which cost more than $140 million was completed
It was in construction over the past four years.
Sod-turning for the development took place in 2004.
The development comprises 180 units in its Phase 1 and Phase
The apartments involve three-bedroom units and three-bedroom
plus basement townhouses.
Former housing minister Keith Rowleynow Trade Ministerwas
not in office yesterday.
At the sod-turning for the Fidelis development, Rowley had
noted that low cost-housing was a thing of the past due
to high-priced land and property value.
Panday calls for disclosure
Yesterday, Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday called for full
disclosure on the matter.
have heard that HDC houses are allocated on a lottery system,
this case if the houses are for sale and young Manning can
afford it, it will be interesting to know where he got the
money from and if he is getting an allocation ahead of anyone
like to know how many other people have applied and how
many have been refused for this particular development,