Minister D. Kurt Tibbetts, Minister for Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, provided members with an update on his Ministry’s plans to revitalize George Town at the membership luncheon on Thursday, 30th April at the Wharf Restaurant.
Minister Tibbetts said the George Town Revitalization Project is not just a facelift or a beautification project. “It is meant to be a true restoration of our Capital into a bustling, mixed-use neighbourhood for businesses, residents and tourists that visit our shores. It is a long term strategy that recognizes the relationship of downtown to the rest of the island while also becoming sustainable on its own,” he said.
Infrastructure improvements are already underway to the road networks in George Town. The Ministry and the National Roads Authority are working closely to link downtown with the proposed cruise berthing facility and the redevelopment of the Owen Roberts International Airport with a network that had capacity to allow for efficient traffic flow and spur growth and development in the Capital. Road works are currently underway on Godfrey Nixon Way which will then progress to widening of Smith Road.
Other plans are being developed as well from the sale and redevelopment of the Central Police Station to a new Courts Facility, to more public green spaces. A new Farmers Market at the Cricket Grounds will also add to the revitalization efforts.
Minister Tibbetts also supported the George Town boardwalk project spearheaded by architect Robert Johnson and announced that the anchor to the George Town Revitalization Project will be a world class entertainment facility, the Cayman Ice Palace. This proposed facility will be a multi-purpose, 6,300 seat facility that will be able to host concerts, trade shows, hockey, skating, boxing and basketball events. It will feature an ice show featuring Olympic and World Champion skaters. The project will rely on sustainable energy from 160,000 square foot solar panel roof which will highlight the construction and resemble to scale, the shell of the Cayman Green Turtle.
The Minister thanked the Chamber – its past and current leadership along with the CEO, “for being an advocate for you all and, of course, the project itself. They too have seen the potential of this project, which will lead to growth and jobs without our economy.”
Source - Chamber of Commerce