Hyatt approved

Final decision to be announced in two weeks, say officials

The final decision on the controversial Hyatt hotel on Lower Bay Street, the City will be announced in two weeks, official sources have said.

The sources told Barbados TODAY that approval had been given by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for construction of the multi-million dollar development to begin, and Town Planning officials were simply putting the finishing touches to the agreement before the announcement is made.

According the officials, lawyers have advised that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) was not required under the Town & Country Planning Act, therefore there was no reason for any further delay to the US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort.

Developers Mark Maloney (right) and James Edgehill (left) shaking hands after the agreement was signed with Vice President of Hyatt Pat McCudden last year.

Social activist David Comissiong had demanded that an EIA be done before permission was granted to the developers of the 15-storey property, and had threatened a lawsuit to prevent construction from beginning unless the study was done.

Stuart had announced at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon on January 25 that “within the next seven days I expect to be in a position to give planning permission” for the project.

He had also said he expected “all of the outstanding pre-conditions would have been satisfied” by the time he was ready to give the go-ahead.

It was just yesterday that Comissiong had claimed that important legal conditions had not been met at the time the Prime Minister made his announcement.

Armed with a document obtained from the Town Planning Department’s registry, the attorney-at-law pointed out that several segments of the form had been left blank.

“It is worthy of note that none of these conditions were satisfied when Stuart gave the assurance that approval would be given in another seven days, but could have been the outstanding pre-conditions that would have to be satisfied within the seven day period,” Comissiong charged.

6 Responses to Hyatt approved

  1. Jennifer February 11, 2017 at 2:43 am

    For the STRANGER among you shall get up above thee very high; and you shalt come down very low. Deut 28:43.

  2. Peter February 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Jennifer, You speaking in parables. I hope you ain’t still in dey hiding among DEM crabs. At last. and both o’dem – Mark Williams and David confused Comealong can put dat in dem pipe an smoke um. Welcome New life and nuff business back to the city. A Business Heritage Site. For all you know Trump might sign an Executive Order to build a Trump Tower in exchange for tax free opportunity right here. Wait he might even have a Miss world and Miss Universe held here to boost occupancy at his towers and tourism arrivals. Rihanna might perform Umber-ellah ellah ellah, and Oh nanna, tell meh what’s meh name, oh Nanna, banna. Tell me how you wer, wer, wer… and all dem Discovery Kids and Sesame street top tunes.

  3. Michael February 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    You would have hoped that the Government had learned the lessons from Four Seasons by now………Guess money still talks louder than common sense….

  4. Carson C Cadogan February 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    hip, hip, hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good news for Bridgetown.

    Better news for Barbados.

  5. Wake up February 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Bajans better wake up… keep selling out Barbados
    thinking you are gaining something. When Bajans
    Finally wake up and find out they no longer own Barbados
    cause all the private corporations not government
    runs the country and set the laws its gong to be took late
    Next, when they wake up and find they private corporations
    Control the land and areas surrounding it and they can
    No longer go as they please, it’s going to be too late
    Everything will be done for the profit of the corporations
    with little to gain for the citizens; employing a few
    Local for face value, while the majority is keep out I
    Is a lost not a gain. Be careful selling your soul
    To the devil- he takes more than he return


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