There are three mini roundabouts in the city which - after initial objections - we've all gotten used to, or had to get used to. Well now, get ready to re-adjust because two of them are being upgraded. The developer Hans Bhojawani told Jim McFadzean it is a matter of grandeur not functionality:
"It's one of the smaller versions of the many roundabouts in the city and the sponsor of this one says, it's about to get a facelift"
Today, the measuring tape was pulled out, and the work to double in size the existing monument at the St. Thomas and Freetown road junction got started.
Hans Bhojwani, Businessman
"We are trying to beautify and enlarge this whole thing and see to it that it is properly landscaped and taken care of properly. This is such a very busy area, so it should be better looking than what it is now."
Hans Bhojwani, one of the few Belizean businessmen that put his money where his mouth is, says he's not satisfied with the appearance of one of the three roundabouts he has financed thru a foundation set up by him and his wife using their own monies. The existing 7 foot structure will not only double in height but its fašade will be changed to granite.
"The design will not going to be change, but the only thing it will look much more beautiful and very elegant once its finish. I hope so."
"How are you going to make it more elegant? What are some of the designs you are going to improve on?"
"The design is going to remain the same. What is going to be different is the height and width. The base is also going to be beautified. It will have a small island change all around."
With cash strapped city hall unable to provide city residents with some of the most basic services, Bhojwani is moving full steam ahead to not only give the St. Thomas street roundabout a facelift, but plans on financing the construction of two more on the south side.
"Actually this whole thing started because of the students. I am always interested for the wellbeing of children. I like to do something for the city and the country. During the morning hours when kids go to school, parents have a tough time here as well as St. Johns and Princess Margaret Drive. The same situation in on the Southside, so I decided to do two more round-about with the City Council's permission of course on Faber's Road and Neal Pen Road."
"The completion of this facelift is expected to be sometime next month. Reporting for Seven News, I'm Jim McFadzean."
Bhojwani says the other two roundabouts have the City Council's blessing and should be completed sometime this year.