Hopes for BTI car park expansion this year

It is coming but no definite date yet.

Officials are now hoping that construction on the multimillion-dollar Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTI) car park would begin this year. A section of it is to be transformed into offices for the Immigration Department.

Chief executive officer of the BTI, Stuart Layne, said plans were in place and “representations” were being made in order to get the construction started later this year.

It was first promised two years ago that construction would begin at the end of 2012. Since then there have been a number of delays.

The ground floor of the underutilized car park is to be transformed into office space while the rest of it would remain as is. The Immigration Department is expected to take up the entire bottom level and a part of the first floor.

“That BTI car park will become BTI’s corporate centre and our client will be the Immigration Department. So we are outfitting the lower level and part of the first floor of the facility as the offices and headquarters for the Immigration Department,” said Layne.

“We are hoping to start that project later this year – 2014,” he added.

When pressed, Layne would only tell Barbados TODAY: “We are making our representation to start this year so it is our expectation that we will start this year”.

The initial plan for the multi-storey car park, which is located along the Princess Alice Highway, was to have a number of shop spaces. However, that idea was soon dashed, as it was not seen as a viable option.The facility was developed by the BTI and opened in late 2009 with about 15,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the building.

It is not yet public knowledge of the person who won the contract for the expected development.

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