I’m for Hyatt – Bostic
Developer Mark Maloney has Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic’s blessing to construct a Hyatt Hotel on Lower Bay Street, although the Opposition parliamentarian is demanding answers to some troublesome questions.
Bostic Thursday threw his support behind the proposed project, making it clear during his contribution to the debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals that he had been calling for projects to revitalize the City of Bridgetown for many years.
“I have asked for a hotel to be located in the City of Bridgetown because I think that it is a good thing and that it is necessary. That is the truth. I am not going to come at this point in time and say that we do not need the Hyatt Hotel or we do not need a hotel. I welcome and support development within the City of Bridgetown. I also have to say that I know that development comes at a cost, but I also know that development must not come at any and all costs,” Bostic said
Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy had stated last evening that Bostic was the project’s number one supporter.
Despite offering his support, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator said there were several issues related to the project for which he needed clarification, including uncertainty over Town & Country Planning an environmental impact assessment.
Social activist David Comissiong has objected to the construction of the multi-million dollar, 237-room Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay on the grounds that Barbadians would be denied unfettered access to Brownes Beach.
Comissiong has also raised concern that piledriving during construction would compromise neighbouring buildings.
In a letter to Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins on August 4, Comissiong demanded that the application for Town and Country Planning permission to construct the proposed 15 story property be subjected to “a most rigorous and comprehensive” environmental impact and assessment procedure, including a social impact assessment study.
Bostic today said he wanted to know whether these were legitimate concerns.
“I am not an engineer, but I do not know for example what the impact of
piledriving for a 15-story hotel would be on the structures in the area. I do not know what impact pile-driving would have on Bethel Methodist Church and the Empire Theatre that we are trying to restore. The London Bourne Towers for example, I am advised is built on swampy ground and really had some foundational issues when that was constructed. I do not know; I am just asking and I am just urging the Honourable Chamber to consider these things.”
He questioned what would be the impact on sewage and the sewerage system, especially with the hotel being located in an area that was already over-loaded.
Bostic recommended an environmental impact assessment and a social impact assessment, and asked the developers to take the impact of climate change into consideration.