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Dec 22, 2016

A Handsome Sum for Chon Saan to Become Immigration Belmopan?

Will the Government of Belize pay as much as four million Belize dollars for the Chon Saan Palace Restaurant building in Belmopan? That’s what News Five sources say, though manager and President of the Senate Lee Mark Chang is out of country and not available to confirm. We can tell you that the Ministry of Finance had sourced three options for a new headquarters for the Immigration Department and selected Chang’s building. All that remains is to fix the price. But, the valuations done by the Ministry of Finance and separately, Chon Saan, resulted in different prices, leading to further negotiation. Chang has claimed in other media that he wants to move to a smaller location and has agreed to take half the final price up front and the rest later. The Ministry insists that the highest and most transparent standards were met in the transaction. So why the need for the new building? We are told that in addition to a space of its own, the Department is anticipating a U.S. donation of a two-million dollar passport system – but the donation will not come through unless it can be housed in a new structure. We will continue to follow the story.

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3 Responses for “A Handsome Sum for Chon Saan to Become Immigration Belmopan?”

  1. Marcos says:

    I am not willing to give $4 million out of our tax monies for this monstrosity. The UDP is crazy if they think they will put another one on us. Enough is enough! See how the sh*t will hit the fan!

  2. Mike G. says:

    How about the Hattieville Hilton? That would be a good place to house those crooks.

  3. timber says:

    So, what’s new about this damn structure? Even though I know him, when will we stop wasting money to rent and buy political cronies buildings?…. This goes for both PUP and UDP. The US should have a stipulation that no money or donation of any kind will be given unless there’s an earmark or construction of a modern, permanent building. I flew into Phillip Goodson airport this year and that’s a disgrace! You don’t build an entrance with an elevated ramp which is made out of smooth cement. I’m talking about as soon as you get off the plane and about to enter the building. When I entered, there was a person on the right against the wall. No greeting to visitors, then, a small trash can was overflowing. Disgusting. Still no air conditioning. What is even more disgusting is the old market. It would have almost been better we kept it in its original state when people used to sell inside, so as to show our culture. After millions of dollars and Family Court and some other offices being housed there, that building is a disgrace.

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