Plans for a new Sunrise Adult Training Centre are advancing to the design phase, the Education Ministry confirmed.

A ministry spokesperson, in response to queries from the Cayman Compass on the proposed project, estimated it will be calling for tenders on various construction consultative design services in the first quarter of 2020.

Construction is planned for early 2021.

The new facility is planned for a government-owned property at the corner of Gresscott Lane and Rock Hole Road, off Eastern Avenue in George Town.

The proposed 25,000-30,000 square-foot-facility will replace the current West Bay premises, which are housed in a repurposed duplex.

A 2010 report on the West Bay facility found the centre, which trains adults with special needs, was overcrowded and wholly inadequate for its purpose.

Earlier this year, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the planned facility in his Strategic Policy Statement.

Government had received a $1.35 million payment for the centre as part of the National Roads Authority agreement with Dart.

Dart, according to previous media reports, had indicated government accepted the money instead of land under the agreement.

During recent Finance Committee hearings, ministry officials indicated that the Outline Business Case for the new facility has been approved and the search is on for the procurement of consulting services for architecture and design. Ministry officials said the project will include areas for training workshops, arts and music, a cafeteria and classrooms.

The new centre is also expected to have a library, gymnasium, occupational therapy room, sensory gardens, play field, pool, administrative offices and greenhouse.

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