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Nov 22, 2019

Paslow Building Renamed to Belize Heritage Plaza

Belizeans chose “Belize Heritage Plaza” to be the name of the building that will occupy the site of the Paslow Building. Earlier this year, some Belizeans protested renaming the site “Paslow” and the Ministry of Culture responded by holding a competition to find a non-controversial and more fitting name.  There were over three hundred entries and a pool of judges short-listed it to six. Albert Avila of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project shares more about the winning theme and the selection process.


Albert Avila

Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, Downtown Rejuvenation Project

“The process that we had selected was to do an online poll so that people can submit names. To make it more interesting and to get more people involved, we decided to give prizes; eight hundred dollars for first place; six hundred dollars for second and four hundred for third. We did that and we got three hundred and fourteen submissions and so we created a selection committee and we narrowed it down to six. Between October fifteenth and November first we put that on the online poll and three hundred and thirteen people voted. On November first, the winner out of that poll was Belize Heritage Plaza. Emancipation Plaza came in second and Freedom Square came in third. So, as of right now the new name of the site that was once called Paslow will be the Belize Heritage Plaza.  It was a good name because when we talk about heritage, the country of Belize is made up of six or seven ethnic groups and they all have a heritage. That space now may not only be for one ethnic group; you know Belize City is Creole and we have this Creole history and this Creole legacy but with a name like legacy it could be for everybody; Maya; Garifuna; Creole; Mennonite; Arab; for anybody. You have a heritage this could be your place and I think it is one of the best names that could have been chosen.”


The winning submission was made by police officer Eddie Middleton. He took home eight hundred dollars for his winning name. The new two-storey building will host a Tourist Welcome Centre and vendor booths on the first floor with offices; a café on the second and a parking area to the rear. The Belize Heritage Plaza is expected to be completed in early 2020.

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