House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project 80% Completed

The House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is being financed by the Government of Belize and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund.  Project Director John Arana says that major investments are being made in nine locations in downtown Belize City.  The project is eighty percent completed and should be finalized by the end of this year.  The rehabilitation of the Swing Bridge, however, was not part of the project as Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner pointed out a few weeks ago. Arana says that if the council has identified the Swing Bridge as a priority, plans should be prepared, including the Bill of Quantities, and those documents should be submitted for funding. He says that it would be a challenge to deviate from the project at the current execution stage. 

John Arana, Director, Downtown Rejuvenation Project

“We had to prioritize certain locations; the Swing Bridge is not on that list. The Swing Bridge does need major works but usually when you see a project being executed it is planning which goes on for five years or so. If it is the desire of the council for works to occur at the Swing Bridge they have to prepare the same packages, they have to prepare the same studies and submit the proposal for financing and that takes some time.”

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