Lab, classroom, museum projects on tap for Sister Islands

A number of institutional projects for the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have been granted planning permission during the past few months. 

Those include an addition to the marine research station in Little Cayman, a new museum building in Little Cayman and a new primary school classroom in Cayman Brac, according to meeting minutes from the Development Control Board. 

The board oversees planning and development on the Sister Islands. Incidentally, during its 17 July meeting, the board resolved to request that its name be changed from the Development Control Board to the “Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Planning Board”, according to the records, which are available on the Department of Planning’s website. 


CCMI wet lab 

During the same July meeting, the board approved an application by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute for a two-storey, 1,045-square-foot expansion of the Wet Lab Building. The estimated construction cost was $30,000. 

In October, the Caymanian Compass reported that the wet lab facility should be complete by February 2013. The cost to build and equip the new facility is being funded by a grant of US$203,911 from the United States National Science Foundation.  

According to the story, the grant will enable the institute in Little Cayman to build and equip a new coral reef stress wet lab, with three primary wet lab work areas. The facilities also will include a covered screened area, a climate controlled area and a shaded screened area for experiments on climate change, ocean acidification, and fisheries management of lionfish and grouper. 


West End Primary 

In late August, the planning board approved an application by the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment for a 1,145-square-foot classroom addition to West End Primary School in Cayman Brac. According to the meeting minutes, “The addition will replace an existing building on the parcel (Miranda Levy’s classroom).” 

Other schools in Grand Cayman that have received new classrooms recently include Bodden Town Primary School, George Town Primary School, Savannah Primary School and Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay. 

Tibbetts maritime museum 

Also in late August, the planning board approved an application by Tibbetts Holding Ltd. for a single-storey, 2,640-square-foot maritime museum and 480-square-foot covered porch in Little Cayman. The new facility on Guy Banks Road in Blossom Village will be complemented by two existing buildings (of 434 and 1,874 square feet). 

The Linton Tibbetts family opened the Little Cayman Museum in November 1997 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony headlined by former Cayman Islands Governor John Owen and his wife. In June 2009, the Tibbetts family officially opened the Little Cayman Marine Museum, in a wooden building that formerly was a Baptist church. 

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