Government seeks financing to finish new government building

POSTED: 02/28/12 1:29 PM

St. Maarten – Government is currently seeking finances to do the interior partitions of the new government administration building on Pond Island. This is the latest update Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has given Members of Parliament on the matter.

In written answers submitted to parliament on Monday the prime minister, who is responsible for facilities management, states, “Due to stringent fire safety regulations, some changes in the interior partition plans were required. These plans have, in the meantime, been approved and are awaiting approval of the financing means to execute the changes. It is anticipated that within soon, the financing for the completion of the partition wall swill be approved and the works can be completed.”

The government is also researching the means to pay for the exterior infrastructure, custom furnishing, office furniture, technical installations and ICT infrastructure.

“Government hopes within very short to decide regarding financial modalities and future leasing or buy back,” Wescot-Williams states in her answer.

Delay

The prime minister also states that the part of the reason for the delay in restarting construction was the court case between government and RGM – the developer – over who is responsible for paying insurance on the building and for its structural maintenance. The courts have ruled in the government’s favor in this dispute and RGM has since signed the lease agreement where it takes responsibility for these two areas.

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