Harare City Council has begun servicing of residential stands as part of its broader mission to provide decent and affordable housing to residents.
The first project involves 234 stands in St Martins on the piece of land bounded by St Martins, Airport Road and the Catholic University.
The stands include church, commercial, home industry and parking space.
Plant and equipment will be deployed to the area next week to open roads, did water and sewer lines in readiness for the stand holders to move in and start construction.
Stands for the first phase numbering up to 86 have already been sold while the remainder will be sold while servicing takes place.
Council is engaging residents who had planted maize on the land educating them on the project.
The only crops that will be affected are those in the path of the road construction.
This means the residents will be able to harvest the bulk of their crop.
Servicing of residential stands is part of the city’s mandate which it had temporarily stopped due to economic difficulties. However due to public demand, the mandate has been resuscitated.
This also comes at a time Government has stopped dealing with housing cooperatives which have largely been fleecing residents without providing them with the required services.
More land has been identified for servicing with council targeting to service not less than 3 000 stands each year and to build not less than 1 000 housing units yearly.
The figures exclude houses built by corporates, individuals and property developers.