Ground breaking on a new commercial and residential complex in Bodden Town brought to fruition a dream of the late Linton Tibbetts and an injection of job opportunities into the eastern district.
The Tibbetts family broke ground on the property, located just past the Bodden Town police station for the new Cox Lumber Company, on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
“After looking at the Cox sign that needed repairing for so long, I assumed it would never happen,” said Osbourne Bodden, MLA for Bodden Town, adding that he was happy to now see the work under way, with an aggressive time line.
Work on the new complex will begin by mid-November and is scheduled to be completed by late 2014 to early 2015, according to Kyle Hooker, Mr. Tibbetts’s grandson and vice president of the Cox company.
Mr. Hooker said, “The company was excited to bring new job opportunities to local residents by continuing the legacy of my grandfather to offer first class service to customers. We have to believe that grandpa is looking down right now with the ultimate sense of Caymanian pride and excitement because this is one of two projects he wanted to see come to fruition before his passing.”
The other project to which he referred was the opening of the St. Petersburg office, which Mr. Tibbetts attended and spoke at, one week prior to his passing.
An architectural rendering of the site shows a storage plant of 80 feet by 150 feet, as well as two warehouses and an 11,000-square-foot retail store.