Second office project shelved

Plans to build a second government accommodation building have been abandoned until at least 2009.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said plans for a second building would not proceed during his administration.

‘One building is all we can bite off now with everything else we’re doing,’ he said.

The government originally planned to build two structures, one next to the Glass House Government Administration Building, a second one outside of central George Town. The first was to contain roughly 60 per cent of the total area of the two buildings.

However, the first project will be about 25 per cent larger than originally anticipated, taking off some of the pressure to build the second building.

‘The first building was planned to be 160,000 square feet, but it’s going to be closer to 200,000 square feet,’ Mr. Tibbetts said. ‘Getting the 200,000 square feet will clear up a lot of the need.’

Several statutory authorities, including the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Cayman Islands Maritime Authority have been added to the list of departments that will occupy the first building.

Government Information Services was also added to the list of occupants of the new building, which was always scheduled to accommodate the Governor’s office, all of the government ministries, and the Attorney General’s office.

A sub post office will also be contained in the building.

The government gave an indication it was putting the second building on hold when it reallocated $1.5 million of budgeted funds for the project last month in Legislative Assembly.

It also formally declined an offer from Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. for a piece of land worth at least US$4 million at Camana Bay to be used for the second government administration building.

Although the government turned down that offer, Mark VanDevelde, managing director of Dart Realty said his company was still desirous of having a government building at Camana Bay.

‘We would even be open to building it ourselves and for them to lease to own,’ he said.

Mr. Tibbetts said the government had not ruled out some sort of presence in Camana Bay in the future.

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