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Jun 29, 2017

Commercial Center Readied to Become New City Hall

Darrell Bradley

The eyesore in downtown Belize City that is the decrepit commercial center is getting a much-needed makeover in the months ahead.  The long-delayed renovation project has finally been given the green light and work on the building will commence as of next week.  According to Mayor Bradley, City Hall will be relocating to its new market square address upon completion of the project which is scheduled to be finished within the next ten months.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We have already done pre-demolition works.  You would have seen that the building is already cleared.  For those of you who have gone into the commercial center, you will know that there is a big hole in the center of the building, that will be covered up and this building will become in a very short period of time, it will become the new City Hall.  Second floor and third floor will house city council offices.  The ground floor will hold a big auditorium for us to have public hearings, so that we mean to transform city council meetings into a public hearing so that all of our city council meetings will be a public hearing and it will be held in the lower flat of this building.  And also on the ground floor, we will house fourteen or so businesses that use to operate within the commercial center.  All of those businesses have been guaranteed re-admittance back to this building.  Surrounding the building also, there will be a, quote on quote, park.  It’s not going to be a park but it will look like a park, so that we will have a boardwalk which will be at the back of the building which will be accessible to the public so that you can go in the back of the area, as well in line with the whole idea of building Belize City as a water city.  It’s going to provide access for residents to the water, to the Haulover Creek, so that residents can see the fishermen’s boats and so forth.”

 

The design for the commercial center was conceived by International Environments and will be completed in time for municipal elections in 2018.

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