Bodden Town to get makeover

Some major land acquisition and construction projects are scheduled to begin over the next year in Grand Cayman’s eastern district, the largest of which will be a new fire-police-emergency services complex.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said last week that about 10 acres of land for the site has already been identified.

‘I don’t want to go as far as to say one building, but they will be on one site,’ said Mr. Tibbetts. ‘It will be new to Cayman, but it is certainly not a new concept.’

Mr. Tibbetts said government will attempt to pursue similar combined-use projects in the future. ‘It makes all the sense in the world.’

Deputy Commissioner of Police Rudolph Dixon said the new building would replace the current Royal Cayman Islands Police sub-station on Bodden Town road. Mr. Dixon said several police services including training facilities, criminal investigations, a centralized traffic enforcement office and a holding cell for police prisoners would be set up at the new station.

‘It’s being built with the idea of business going to the eastern districts,’ said Mr. Dixon.

Mr. Tibbetts said in the interim, the new governor’s square building will house certain departments of the RCIPS, if necessary.

He said the fire and ambulance services would offer additional support for the Bodden Town area.

‘It certainly makes a lot of sense to have the ambulance located in that area, along with the one that is located in North Side, to service that eastern area, rather than having to move from the George Town hospital site because…the distance would be less to cover.’

Work crews are also in the process of cleaning up the damaged Bodden Town Civic Centre. Mr. Tibbetts said plans for renovating the centre are nearing completion.

Once construction is complete, the centre will be available as a Class B shelter in case another hurricane should strike Grand Cayman.

‘Beyond Category 3 strength, (this) would not be a shelter that would be occupied by residents during a hurricane,’ said Mr. Tibbetts. ‘But certainly…if and when there were any disaster, we would be in a good position to be housing residents temporarily.’

He also said changing rooms would be built in the centre to encourage people to use the football field and basketball courts in back of the building.

Mr. Tibbetts said the government eventually plans to build a new civic centre north of Bodden Town Primary School.

‘That is a much better location than where the existing one is, with regard (to) storm surge.’

No date of completion was given for either the renovations of the current civic centre, or construction of the new facility.