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Jun 20, 2017

Finally, activity to begin at Commercial Center

Darrell Bradley

It has been close to three years since the Belize City Council launched the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project which included a facelift for the Commercial Center in Market Square. Most vendors have been cleared out but there has been no work done since no money has been attached to the project. With the plans afoot to pass the controversial Heritage Bill in the National Assembly, City Hall has been doing its part by securing financing from Heritage Bank. We get more from Mayor Darrell Bradley.


Darrell Bradley, Mayor of Belize City

“Just today I signed the facility letter for Heritage Bank, and we have finalized the loan which will fund that project. Part of that loan will allow the City Council to pay off recurrent debt, so that the City Council will no longer have these one-off debts. When I took the office of mayor, we owed Waste Control, we owed BML, we owed on several other litigations; we have steered the City Council to the point where we are no longer in court, but we do have these debt obligations from previous councils and part of that facility will see that we are paying off all of those and we will see the complete renovation of the Commercial Center. I want to show you the drawings, because I am very excited about that, so that I suspect that within maybe a week and half you will see crews going in there in relation to really ensuring that the full demolition of the interior has been completed. You will see when you go into the commercial the holes inside, which was a part of the original design. Those will be closed up and the Commercial Center will represent two floors. The second and third floors will be the new city hall and the ground floor will be commercial, but in a week and a half, that project will be started. “


According to Bradley, he hopes to have the Center finished in time for March’s municipal elections.


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