As we've reported, the City Center is being dismantled - and the Prime Minister says a 30 million dollar facility will go up in its place. But we've been hearing the promises of a new facility for, like, 2 years, which is how long it took to just get the project started to tear down the old Civic Center. So how long will it take for a new facility to be built, and what will it look like? That's what we asked a member of the Belize Infrastructure Limited Board of Directors Paul Thompson today:..

Paul Thompson, Belize Infrastructure Limited
"Belize City Center is being dismantled as you said and the plan is to build a multi-purpose facility at this location. A multi-purpose facility that houses basketball, volleyball and whatever else that can happen here."

Jules Vasquez
"How large will it be? What type of seating will there be? What type of ventilation will there be?"

Paul Thompson, Belize Infrastructure Limited
"We are in the process of finalizing that presently. There were plans that were done a few years ago to put a multi-purpose facility at the Marion Jones Complex. That didn't worked out and we will see shortly what those plans are to see whether or not that facility can be placed at this location."

"The estimate for that is around $30 million. I believe they are using that as a mark."

Jules Vasquez
"Will that finally have us with a world class facility where we can without embarrassment host regional competitions and we can expect that young people will feel that well, at least someone wants me to play sports."

Paul Thompson, Belize Infrastructure Limited
"I believe that's where my presence on this board, as the member of the basketball federation can assist because FIBA has resources and FIBA can provide us with institutional knowledge about what are the requirements to have a multi-purpose facility that can housed international competition and international events."

Jules Vasquez
"Is there anyone saying that, you know what, we can't build another oven?"

Paul Thompson, Belize Infrastructure Limited
"I don't see building a facility for $30 million and not having air conditioning. If it doesn't have air conditioning then that means it doesn't pass the standard in the international standards, so I see air conditioning in there."

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