More rooms for visitors are soon to be available for guests visiting Cayman Brac.
Whitewater Point Ltd. is developing King’s Point Towers 200 feet east of Cayman Breakers on a 2.57-acre parcel of land on the southeast end of Cayman Brac.
Robert Banks and former Chief Secretary James Ryan own the development, which will consist of 23 two-bedroom condos.
This development, together with the new hotel being built by Cleveland Dilbert and Phase 3 of Captain Charles Kirkconnell’s Carib Sands Condominiums that will soon start, will boost the available accommodation on the Brac by 100 rooms.
According to Mr. Banks, who was the developer for Cayman Breakers condominiums, Kings Point Towers will be ornate – a cross between a medieval castle and a Mediterranean structure.
‘There is nothing quite like it in the Cayman Islands,’ he said.
Developers anticipate that the initial phase of King’s Point Towers, consisting of the first 16 two-bedroom units, will be finished 28 months after construction begins. Twelve units have already been sold, said Mr. Banks.
Phase 1 includes two swimming pools – a smaller pool with spa features and a waterfall and a larger pool.
No bar or restaurant is planned, but there will be a deli for owners’ convenience and five poured concrete cabanas for outside dining, as well as a dedicated building for divers containing dive tank holders and a rinse tank for dive or snorkel gear and hanging racks for the equipment.
Phase 3 will be four three-storey penthouses and three 1-bedroom efficiencies, plus management offices. All units in the development will have an ocean view on one side and a view of the Bluff face on the other.
At a groundbreaking ceremony recently, Mr. Banks told the gathering that King’s Point Towers is designed and engineered to withstand a direct hit from an F5 tornado, which packs 1/3 higher wind gusts than any recorded hurricane to date.
They will be built of solid poured-in-place concrete walls, eight-inch thick for the first and second floor exterior walls, and 4-inch thick for all interior walls. The entire floor will be poured monolithically and consist of steel-reinforced concrete only.
‘A building is only as strong as its weakest point,’ said Mr. Banks.
The roofs will also be concrete, with a one in 12 compound pitch for water drainage. All the concrete will have a chemical compound additive for 100 per cent water proofing and the roofs will have an additional coating of EPDM rubberized membrane as an additional sealer against water intrusion.
The units will be two-story with a town house style layout. They will have two-and-a-half-baths and two bedrooms, consisting of approximately 1,400 square feet of living space. The kitchens will have solid wood cabinets with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Top quality furniture will be used throughout.
An anti-fracture membrane under all tile floors will prevent cracks and windows will be full-impact solid laminate and just over ½-inch thick, guaranteed not to breach wind or water during a hurricane.
‘Two years ago, a foreign entity, the Divi Corporation, owned most of the rooms on Cayman Brac. When that closed, a lot of people were out of work and the question was, ‘how do we go forward?” said Sister Islands MLA Mr. Moses Kirkconnell.
Acknowledging Mr Linton Tibbetts, whose family owns the Brac Reef Beach Resort, currently the only hotel on the island, he said, ‘These Brackers stepped up to the plate, and I’m proud to see the partnership between stakeholders on Cayman Brac supporting each other. The community will do whatever it can to support these developments, and we thank you all having the courage to take this step.’