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Oct 2, 2013

City Center demolition ahead of schedule

For years, the City Center stood abandoned and forlorn, awaiting a rehabilitation and renovation which never seemed to materialize. But now it is, and to make way for what is promised as a glorious new multi-million dollar complex, the old building is being dismantled. Because of the state of the condemned building, the work has been tedious, time-consuming and dangerous. Despite all that, engineer in charge of the project Reina Gonzalez says they are way ahead of schedule.


Reina Gonzalez, Engineer, Cisco Construction

“We have basically removed all the walls in the lower section; absolutely all the walls are down. We have cleared the entire bottom and right now what we are doing, we have some of our guys cutting down the steel that was reinforced on the wall. So they are cutting it down flushed all the way to the ground. For safety reasons too we don’t want anybody tripping and getting hurt so we dealing with that. As you can see, most of the zinc for this—I call it the west side—is almost removed, our vents are out and the facial for the main building—I call this the main building because that section is basically an extension hat was added on afterwards. So our entire facial is going down by Thursday; all of this will be removed. And then we will move in to the removal of the main entrance, the steps and the balconies. Once we remove that then we will be catering the main building by removing all the mainframes and continue with the job. But basically right now, we are way ahead of schedule the way we have seen it. And our guys are performing very efficiently. When it comes to safety, pushing them forward to safety and thank god that our guys are following as much as possible the safety rules and regulations that we have set for them.”



Reina Gonzalez

“What time are you looking at for this project to be completed?”


Reina Gonzalez

“Well we had scheduled five months for the project because we are using manual labor—a hundred percent manual labor. The only machines that we have as you can see are our cranes when it comes to lifting our heavy steel elements. But we are definitely moving ahead of schedule. I would say by January this should be finished.”



“By January this will be completely to the ground.”


Reina Gonzalez




“I noticed that there is a lot of debris; a lot of equipment that you are taking out including zincs. What will be done with that debris?”


Reina Gonzalez

“The debris that we have here will be recycled; it is being donated to the recycling company, but the zinc that we have there, we have the guys cutting them down in specific lengths and that will be distributed and stored at the Marion Jones Stadium along will every single element that we are taking off from the building.”



“So basically they are going to the Marion Jones just for storage; not for use on the facility there?”


Reina Gonzalez

“We have no knowledge if it is going to be reused there; where it is going to be reused, but our job is basically dismantling it, labeling it and storing it in Marion Jones. What will be done with those elements afterwards, we don’t know.”


We were unable to reach Minister of Sports Herman Longsworth this evening to ask why the old steel and zinc from the demolished City Center are being taken over to the Marion Jones Complex.   

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2 Responses for “City Center demolition ahead of schedule”

  1. belizebelize says:

    I want to ask? did I read correctly “donate” to the recycling company????…….donate to a business material that they will re-sell??? or did the minister made an under the table arrangement with the owner of the recycling company??? just food for thought….

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    really it caught me also BELIZEBELIZE, how come they’ll donate it to a recycling company. really?

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