Work has finally begun on the construction of the second police barrack complex. The initial plan was to relocate and repair the two houses, which were originally donated to the Belize Coast Guard by the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) and then given to the San Pedro Police. The houses which sat on a lot in the San Pablo area were in poor condition, so the final decision was made to tear down the buildings and salvage materials for the new construction rather than relocating them.
According to Deputy Mayor Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez, the relocation and repair of the two houses would have been costly, and the finished project would still not have been up to par. “We didn’t want to simply relocate the house, patch it up and give it to the police officers because that is not efficient. Those houses had too much wear and tear that they were becoming unstable. So what we decided to do is to tear down the two building and salvage the doors, windows and wood that is still sturdy to be used as material for the new construction,” said Nuñez.
The new plans are now for the construction of a two story wooden structure that will house four police officers. The new building will follow the same design and schematics of the eight bedroom building funded by the San Pedro business community. It will be constructed adjacent to the building. “Our aim is for the police barracks to look uniform and this new plan will achieve that. We also want to ensure we give the police officers a proper living space of good quality,” said Nuñez.
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