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Rejuvenation Project Transforming Downtown Belize City #532951
10/27/18 04:26 AM
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The fifteen million-dollar Downtown Rejuvenation Project in Belize City is moving full steam ahead since it was launched in 2015.  The project, which intends to revitalize and open up cultural, has completed some of its goals including upgrades at the Yabra field where a covered structure was installed and fixtures put in place to enhance the public space.  The project has also completed repairs at the Anglican Cathedral and made ceiling and roof improvements on the Supreme Court building.  When we caught up with the Project’s Liaison Officer Albert Avila he told us about what you can expect in the downtown area.

Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, Downtown Rejuvenation Project

“We are building a restaurant at the corner of Cockburn Lane and Regent Street. We are currently driving piles there and we are also driving piles at a new building which will replace Women’s Department on Albert Street. And then soon after that, we are going to start with Paslow. We are in the process of designing a new building for Paslow and finalizing the new House of Culture which we will build at the Government House. And then we will do the second part of Yabra which will be rebuilding that football field area.”

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Here is the Facebook page for The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project


Re: Rejuvenation Project Transforming Downtown Belize City [Re: Marty] #540719
02/21/20 11:34 AM
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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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Re: Rejuvenation Project Transforming Downtown Belize City [Re: Marty] #541003
03/12/20 05:43 AM
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The restored blue room at Government House. That is what I used to call it because it was blue from 1998 to 2019. The new colour is a light gray, so I guess it will become the gray room now. This room had many functions over its history. It was once used as the master bedroom. It is said that Princess Margaret slept in the left far corner of this room. This room also hosted many balls as it was also the ballroom at one point. I am thinking one function it should continue to do is to be a place to hold state dinners/functions when we have invited dignitaries. The history and ambience would make it a perfect location for such events. As it is right now, the entire house is in imaculate condition.

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THE RENOVATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE PROPERTY

This month the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project completed the rehabilitation of the Government House Property.

The rehabilitation included the renovation of the Government House, the construction of the new House of Culture, the reconstruction of the Carriage House, installation of a new parking area, raising of the property between 6" to 18" in certain areas to fight climate change, improve the coastline to prevent further erosion, installation of new concrete pedestrian walkways throughout the property, rehabilitation of the stage, rehabilitation of the seven cannons / flag pole, rehabilitation of the perimeter fence and installation of identification location markers relating to flora, fauna, and historic information.

We are preparing to conduct a grand opening of the property and other properties ( Ronald Frederick Greenwood House / Musuem and Human Development Building) in the downtown area during the month of April.

To commemorate this momentous achievement please view the uploaded presentation which will show before and after photos of various areas of the property.


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