Planning board OK’s projects

Grand Cayman’s planning board recently approved a pair of commercial developments in George Town, the new “18 Forum Lane” building in Camana Bay and an apartment complex in South Sound.

George Town

On 26 June, the Central Planning Authority OK’d an application by Conker Holding Ltd. for an office building on Smith Road across from Pasadora Place. The project, comprising seven office suites, a diesel generator and two building signs, had a projected cost of $1.7 million, according to planning records.

The proposed building is about 6,300 square feet and is located on a one-third acre parcel near Smith Road, Palm Road and Aspen Lane.

In its comments on the application, the National Roads Authority noted that it had “proposed widening plans on Smith Road for an additional travel lane”, and also would like to see the 16-foot-wide Palm Road widened out to 24 or 30 feet.

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The planning board also approved an application by Heber G. Arch for a two-storey commercial building on Mary Street in down town George Town. According to the Department of Planning’s comments on the application, “The proposed development will consist of expanding and renovating an existing commercial building on the site.”

The proposed building is about 4,300 square feet and is located on 0.63 acres. The projected cost is $870,000.

Mr. Arch’s project follows Arch and Godfrey’s completion earlier this year of the six-storey Appleby tower on Mary and Fort streets. Additionally, in May the planning board approved an application by Gilbert Holdings Ltd. for a four-storey, roughly 12,900-square-foot office building on Mary Street.

Camana Bay, South Sound

The planning board approved an application by the Dart Group’s Cayman Shores Development Ltd. for a four-storey commercial building in Block 5 of Camana Bay. In mid-June, Dart announced that it will be developing an 85,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 18 Forum Lane. The building will have retail on the ground floor and offices on the top three floors. Features of the building include LEED certification and a central courtyard.

In South Sound, the planning board approved an application by Ken Hall and Bavan Antonysraj to build a 13-unit apartment complex on Bel Air Drive off South Sound Road. The proposed three-storey development is about 32,700 square feet in area and sits on 0.9 acres of land across the street from the Breezy Pines complex.

Although the minutes from the 26 June board meeting have not yet been made public, the board decisions can be viewed on the planning department’s eTrakit website.

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  1. Does anyone not find it peculiar that there has been no active Central Planning Authority since the end of June when the CPA’s appointment expired. The current PPM Government has basically arrested development by not appointing a new CPA. Surely they can find 13 PPM cronies to sit on this board.