St. Peters Police substation construction encounters complications

POSTED: 03/25/11 12:15 PM

“Group” to deliver turnkey project

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan confirmed on Thursday that a group has gotten together to build a turnkey police substation on the L.B. Scot Road. Preparatory work on the land where the building has already started and at a recent meeting of parliament the Minister had said he expected to officially break ground soon. So far though he’s stopped short of giving details of who is involved.

In his confirmation about the land Duncan also announced that the project has encountered complications around, amongst other things, the location. The Minister expects to meet the group that will build the project soon to see if an alternative place needs to be found and to get clarity on the project on the whole.

“It’s not really up to me because the group is going to invest in building the substation and then they will offer government a turnkey project. All the government has to do is to receive a turnkey project. I also only as recently as Tuesday got the approval of the Council of Ministers to continue negotiations on whether we will lease the building, buy it on higher purchase, or rent it,” Duncan said.

Approval was also given on Tuesday for Duncan to begin detailed negotiations with the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation that will lead to the construction of a police substation in Belvedere.

Pressed for more details Duncan said, “Nothing was really finalized, beyond that we intend to have a substation for the Cul de Sac area very soon. I have no real insight into the internal discussions of the group that wants to do the project, so I will be meeting with them probably by early next week to get some clarity. I’ve already been assured though that construction can happen very quickly, but we just need to get past the present complications.”

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