George Town office building rising near cricket oval

Construction on a two-storey office building in George Town is rapidly nearing completion, as the 4,800-square-foot The Solution Centre is slated to open by the end of November. 

The project, at the northwest corner of Smith Road and Huldah Avenue, was granted planning approval in 2009, and consists of six offices, 800 square feet apiece, with three each on the ground and top floors. The land was previously vacant. 

Developer Paulette Anglin-Lewis said her husband Val Lewis has owned the 0.35-acre tract for quite awhile, but the time seemed right to develop it due to prevailing low construction costs and government concessions. Construction began in February. 

“This is a future investment that is not only for us but our family,” Mrs. Anglin-Lewis said. 

The first two confirmed tenants for the building are Mrs. Anglin-Lewis and Mr. Lewis’ respective businesses – Anglin-Lewis and Associates, an immigration consultant office, and Video Associates, an electronics company. Currently, Anglin-Lewis and Associates is located in Cayman Centre by the airport, and Video Associates is on Maple Road by the hospital. 

The Solution Centre will have onsite parking, a generator and an elevator. When complete, the development will cover about 62 per cent of the tract across the street from the Smith Road oval. 

The architect is GMJ Home Plans, and the contractor is Ricco Construction. The name of the new building dovetails with the slogan for Mrs. Anglin-Lewis’ business, which is “your immigration solution!” 

For the 2011 calendar year, the Government has offered standard concessions for construction projects, including 100 per cent deferral of infrastructure fees until the Certificate of Occupancy/Completion stage; 25 per cent deferral of building permit fees until the Certificate of Occupancy/Completion stage; and a flat import duty rate of 15 per cent for construction-related materials. 

According to Central Planning Authority documents, the scope of the project was estimated at $500,000. Prior to the current development, the Authority granted permission for a TV repair and sales building on the site in 1985, approved a commercial building on the site in 1986, and approved another plan for a commercial building on the site in 1990. 

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The Solution Centre is a two-storey office building near the Smith Road oval. – Photo: Patrick Brendel