City Manager Janice Braithwaite-Edwards has said a public-private partnership with investors is to be employed to undertake a development at the now-demolished Palm Grove Shopping Centre in Road Town.
The city manager, however, said she does not know what development will be constructed at the location.
“There are no designs but there are things that people have in mind. Nothing has come to fruition as yet,” Braithwaite-Edwards told BVI News on Wednesday.
“We are in the process of getting the documentation done so that we can decide how we are going to move forward with it … It is a document that helps what it is you want to achieve, and what are the pieces involved to get the achievement done so that somebody can bid for the project,” she added.
The city manager gave the indication on the heels of a change in the government of the BVI. The government was changed from an NDP administration to a VIP administration.
Reports suggest that discussions for a new development at Palm Grove began under the NDP government. Now that VIP leader Andrew Fahie has been sworn in as the new Premier of the Virgin Islands, it is yet to be seen whether his administration will halt whatever agreement that is currently underway for the location.
What happened to Palm Grove
Palm Grove was demolished since last August after authorities labelled it unsafe. In late 2017 all tenants were vacated after the old structure was weakened by the 2017 hurricanes.
Palm Grove was also affected by crystallite asbestos, a mineral commonly used in building construction, and by inhaling small particles of asbestos, it can lead to cancer and respiratory illnesses.
Local experts said that type of the mineral found in Palm Grove was not dangerous.
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