Govt staff to vacate condemned building
Staff of the civil aviation, the meteorological services departments and Air Transport Licensing Authority should be breathing a sigh of relief next week when they are expected to vacate the condemned Building #4 at the Grantley Adams Industrial Estate.
Barbados Today has learnt that the workers could be moving out as early as Monday, approximately five months after the building they have been operating in was condemned, to occupy a temporary location at Terminal one of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc.
In 2003, the departments moved to the top floor of Building #4. The two-storey building was leased from the BIDC at a rate of $232,000 per annum, payable by the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport.
In December last year, the BIDC wrote the Division of International Transport of the Ministry informing that the building should be condemned and that the staff should be relocated “urgently”.
In early April it was announced by Haldene Holder, personal assistant for Member of Parliament for the area Dr David Estwick, that efforts were being made to have the workers out of the building by the end of May this year.
In a recent interview with Barbados Today, chief executive officer of the BIDC Dr Leroy McClean confirmed that the buildings was scheduled for repairs when the staff vacated, and while he could not say exactly when, he said “work should commence soon”.
The departments are expected to take up permanent residence at the new facility which is being constructed at Charnocks, Christ Church.
The sod was turned in April and construction is expected to be completed within 14 months.