One block at a time

Official makes plea for city restoration funding

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley has appealed to corporate Barbados, charitable foundations and the wider public to help in the revitalization of the historic City of Bridgetown.

His call came Sunday evening at the official opening of the Synagogue Redevelopment Project at the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the capital, where he urged interested parties to help restore the 392-year-old town one block at a time.

The Jewish Synagogue.

Lashley noted that the rejuvenation of the City had become of major importance with the rise of heritage tourism.

“We must not be caught napping as observers as to what is required . . . to take maximum advantage of our world heritage status,” the minister said.

“Observations or ideas . . . about what world heritage status can or cannot do must be translated into action, such as we have seen here led by the Tabor Foundation,” he added.

Sir Paul Altman (left) holds the key to the Jewish Synagogue along with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley (centre) and Joe Steinbok, representative of the Tabor Foundation.

Expressing his gratitude to Michael and Doreen Tabor for their charitable act, Lashley urged Barbadians to contribute to maintaining the pristine and immaculate condition of the grounds.

“It is, therefore, the duty of all Barbadians to preserve and care for this restoration project.  Let us break the cycle of poor maintenance and the lack of pride in our historic buildings and, by extension, our City,” he said.

Leading the touring party are Sir Paul Altman, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley (centre) and Sir Geoffrey Cave (right).

Lashley held that the Government could not undertake the responsibility alone, noting that it was currently financing the restoration of Queen’s Park House.

“Government cannot do it all. That is why we are grateful to the Tabor Foundation (Barbados) which has made all this possible. From an investor’s perspective, this is the first project to be considered a cultural project and it is, therefore, benefitting from the incentives offered under the Cultural Industries Development Act,” he said.

Representative of the Tabor Foundation, Joe Steinbok, who contributed $2 million to the project, revealed that the restoration touched the entire city block, except the synagogue and cemetery. The old fire station was converted into a museum and a café was incorporated into the architectural design.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (left) in conversation with Dame Billie Miller (centre) and City representative Jeffrey Bostic.

New developments also include the construction of a social hall to host weddings and bar mitzvahs.

“I hope that all Barbadians would take the opportunity to visit the buildings within the block and enjoy the rich history which it contains. I am also imploring everyone to treat the area with the respect and dignity that it deserves,” said Steinbok.

7 Responses to One block at a time

  1. Jennifer April 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

    A picture says a thousand words. Mind you the only teeth which can be seen is his, just like the good old days. We are truly a people with a lost IDENTITY. Mind you this place has been around as long as we have been slaves. And these people played an integral part in that too. You lot of overseers should be locked up in the deepest dungeon for your stupidity. Here we are today with tin cup in hand. MIND YOU THESE PEOPLE DO NOT EVEN FIT THE PROPHECIES IN THE BOOK. It is like going against yourself stupid.
    Let us break the cycle of poor maintenance…………………………
    In case you did not notice Mr Lashley there are schools and a polyclinic right in your constituency which is also in need of repair. Mr Lashley you need some lashes, but all in good time. All of you lot should be given a new title “Kiss a$$ crew”

  2. Bradg April 25, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Mind you, what the hell are you talking about???

    • Jennifer April 25, 2017 at 9:11 am

      go research, mind you.

  3. Alex Alleyne April 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Minister Lashley, go fix the firing problem of SHERIKA LOPEZ form her job after playing for Barbados in a cricket match.

  4. bradg April 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    It is an accomplishment to get these wealthy persons to contribute money to this project and redevelop that part of Bridgetown. Bridgetown needs of a face-lift and that was a good start!!. Lets not criticize and politicize everything!! We seem to have perfected that art! Mind you.

  5. Saga Boy April 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    For some people nothing good ever happens. All they do is find fault. Such negativity without viable and constructive and sustainable alternative recommendations is depressing.

  6. Sara April 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    great Uncle Joe!


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