Facelift at St. Maarten Government Building hasn’t started

POSTED: 10/2/11 11:44 PM

Financing upgrades is core issue

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says a planned facelift for the Government Administration Building has not yet begun because of continued discussion of how much can be spared to do the project. She’s also said that the facelift is not only down to the fact that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima will be visiting early in November.

“We’re not going to be in the new government building by January 1, 2012. It is unrealistic to think that would the case, so even from that perspective, certain things need to be done to the building. As with most projects of such a nature, the question is how much do we want to do, and how much can we do financially. That is where the discussion is right now. What kind of financial room do we have? We’re not going to make a major restoration of the building, but some things need to be done to this building,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister was unable to say how much the work would cost because of the continued discussion about what should be done and where the money will come from.

Visit

The prime minister also announced Wednesday that the initial budget for the Royal Visit, which had initially been 600, 000 guilders, by a third. That means the committee is now working with a budget of roughly 400, 000 guilders.

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