No special favours for Hyatt – Maloney

Local developer Mark Maloney is sharply pushing back on the notion that Town and Country Planning procedures were circumvented in the granting of permission to build the multi-million dollar Hyatt Centric Hotel at Bay Street, The City.

The permission, which was granted by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for the construction of the controversial 250-room hotel, is currently being challenged through the judicial review process by Attorney-at-Law and Social Activist David Comissiong.

On March 22, Comissiong lodged the legal challenge to the construction in the Supreme Court. He had based his claim on 12 grounds, including the failure of Government to have public consultations or to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the major beachfront development.

The Attorney had also argued that Stuart had relied on an outdated Physical Development Plan, even though Section 11 (1) of the Town & Country Planning Act stipulates that the plan, which is now 14 years old, must be updated every five years.

He also took issue with the 15-storey elevation, pointing out that the maximum height allowed for beachfront hotels was five storeys.

However, breaking his silence on the issue today, Maloney was adamant that everything was done above board during the two-year process of seeking planning approval for the US$100 project.

Speaking with the media during an “interactive session with the public” at the Bay Street site, Maloney explained that even though an EIA was not done, there was a Heritage Impact Assessment which, in his estimation, is not dissimilar to the EIA.

“I don’t want it to be said that we circumvented any processes or we were granted any special favours . . . we did a Heritage Impact Assessment and I am not aware of any project in Barbados that has done a Heritage Impact Assessment. We were told that we needed to do a Heritage Impact Assessment and we gladly did it and it taught us a lot that we didn’t know,” Maloney said.

He also explained that had the EIA been included in the requisite requirements for project approval, the developers would have been more than willing to bear the cost of conducting one.

“Perception sometimes becomes a reality if people do not know better and what we are sharing with you are the facts because for us it is about doing what is right for Barbados,” Maloney said.

“It is not about bringing this brand hotel and putting up a 15-storey building and not meeting the requirements of UNESCO or the heritage impact or environmental impact. It is in our best interest to ensure that what we do is in the best interest of our planning and all of our regulatory agencies  because Hyatt is a brand that is not going to do anything which is not in keeping with requirements in the countries they operate in,” he stressed.

In addition, the businessman revealed that painstaking efforts were made to ensure that the concerns of surrounding residents pertaining to access to the beach as well as possible strain on the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment System were all addressed.

 “There is no way that a project of this size gets anywhere by circumventing processes. We have done everything that we have been required to do,” he said.

“There are mnay projects in Barbados ongoing now that have not had this type of criticism yet we have actually engaged with the UNESCO world heritage bodies and have addressed their concerns in accordance with the law on regulatory agencies. We are also interested in hearing from the people and in fact privately we have heard from everyone,” he pointed out, expressing optimism that in spite of the ongoing court action, the project would be completed in 18 months’ time.

37 Responses to No special favours for Hyatt – Maloney

  1. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce June 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Wonda if any Arawak Cement gine b pun dis project

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    • Adrian Reid
      Adrian Reid June 11, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Not piece, not a bag,only top quality cement plz…

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  2. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding June 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    ….Ha…Buhbaydus people…..this hotel project as good as it sounds theorically..practically this aint mean nothing to the island dont just think of jobs….This hotel is going to cost a lota coastal problems bcause of the lack of common sense…….wake up sheeple someone is about to take you pasture away…..

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    • Nat June 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Simon i agree with you 100%…with a project like that like most of the previous ones the locals are going to loose their common access to their beautiful beaches.

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      • Nat June 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        Simon i agree with you 100%…with a project like that like most of the previous ones the locals are going to lose their common access to their beautiful beaches.

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  3. Ras June 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    My only problem with the Hyatt is the height, 10 stories is more acceptable, once people won’t be jumping off

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  4. Milli Watt June 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    no special favours…………please, we talking bout Barbados and you speaking to me ole man. I especially like the top pic this is truly election season.

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  5. Peter June 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Mark Maloney. You do not hgave to explain anything to anyone. To explain is to expose. I can see that weithin ten years from completion of the Hyatt, Bridgetown will be transformed into a vibrant commercial entity with thousands employed and living a buoyant financial and stress free life, Those narrow minded Barbadians will be the first to boast and brag of Barbados’ success. they will NEVER admit siding with Comissiong and Williams in opposing this developmental project. What can I say? Small minds think that way. Little Saga Boy will try once again to engage me with his pen.

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    • hcalndre June 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Well Peter, Hyatt will be the first hotel to be built in Barbados, right? Sandy Lane and the others are not hotels, they are hotels on the south and west coast, what is the Hyatt going to do that Bridge Town is going to be aglow and all who live in the vicinity will become be off. I could recall some establishments around that area including the Plaza and the Empire Theatres, along Fairchild/Nelson street and Bay street, that had the area bustling with activity.

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      • Peter June 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

        hcalndre, I am not belittling you, but obviously you and many other critics of this pending hi-rise hotel cannot accept nor adjust. I stayed at both Ritz Carlton Hotels in Miami. The one on Collins Ave. on South beach, and the one further south near Kendall on Cutler and the Palmetto expressway off Cocomo Drive where ther’s 24 hours shopping. I was roomed on the 65th and 61st floors respectively. Those hotels, among many others were built on swampland and marshes. bases are built on hanging floors. consult your architectural engineer for better knowledge and explanation. our Central Bank and QEH are somewhat similar. the foundations are elastomeric to withstand tremors, shaking, wind forces and other forms of vibrations and swaying. Yes my friend, building technology is wel advanced. The George Washington Bridge off the Major Deegan Expressway that has two wide levels, and links New Jersey to Manhattan just off South Bronx is a classic and living example.

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  6. Helicopter(8P) June 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Construction of multi storied buildings are designed with load impact per square foot configurations and material densities predetermined for its load factors. Less dense furniture and cabinatery are used at higher elivated floor plans.

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    • Big Man June 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      I know all the variables are taken into consideration but with all the earth tremors of late a big earthquake soon coming and maybe Tidal waves.
      Ten floors would be the Ideal height

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  7. Peter Thompson June 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay public information event this Saturday morning at the site was a pathetic charade. The caterers, Maloney staff and Hyatt representatives vastly outnumbered the handful of the public in attendance.

    The “interactive session” amounted to glib answers to any serious questions that members of the tiny audience raised. They were unable to give assurances that the sewage treatment requirements would not overwhelm the struggling Bridgetown sewage treatment facility even though they will be building a pre-treatment facility on the hotel site.

    Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay has a traffic management plan, but it is not available for public comment or inspection. They did not say when it would be available.

    They are aware of the concerns expressed by the Barbados National Trust about putting our World Heritage Listing for Bridgetown at risk, but one of Maloney’s staff told me that they have taken no steps to talk to UNESCO about how they could manage this risk. It doesn’t appear as though they give a damn as long as they make lots of money.

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  8. Whitehill June 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    @Peter,
    that little ” Saga boy” whomever he maybe is a black man, that name while not used much these days was once a favorite used by the few whites in Barbados when referring to black men. I guess your kind has for so many years been able to run rough shod over the spineless docile black bajan men aided and abetted by the black women and politicians you find it hard to believe this uppity Nig@%# has grown a pair.
    What about that little Saga boy who just spent my/our money on a $700k automobile when people are catching hell? Now that is a Saga boy fuh yuh!!
    I think he may also be some relations to you, your uncle tommy, check it out.

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  9. sticks and stones June 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Kudos for Bay street and its environs which will begin to see the light of day when the Hyatt is completed , the small business man in that area has been sucking salt for years , the need to bring a large and proven business model like Hyatt in that area is undeniably a necessity and not a threat and a model which would breath new economic life into that dead area,
    The country that Comissiong ought to be giving advise is Venezuela i urged him to do so with great urgency for the sake of the people

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    • hcalndre June 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Whitehill, I remember the Hon. Errol Barrow driving around in a Volkswagan and it did not diminish his ability to be the best leader that the DLP ever had.

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      • Iain Edghill June 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm

        Prime MinisterBarrow’s personal car was a vintage Mercedes-Benz 230, M1003, cream coloured, model year ca. 1961, if memory serves. Speaking under correction.

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    • hcalndre June 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      sticks and stones and others, tell me what you expect from the Hyatt that the other hotels don`t have. People will be on the beach trying to hussle a dollar, the taxi men will be doing the same as what they do around the other hotels, what about Ms Ram`s eye sore ware house, is that going to be beautified like the places around the Hyatt in NYC.

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  10. Alex Alleyne June 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Let us put some pressure on the “Money-Men” to get BAXTER’S ROAD up and going again.
    But first clean up the drug & gun situation down that side.

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  11. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Something up with this Maloney person. Who the hell is he….smh

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    • Big Man June 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      He is an astute business man who are you Annie Lou

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    • Big Man June 11, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Annie Lou what are you doing to make Barbados great again
      Just criticizing and have no solutions
      Can you employ 25 people to help reduce unemployment?
      Can you build a hotel or open a business
      Run way Gal

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  12. concern bajan voter June 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I have respect and read all the comments of those who contributed in this forum.
    I would like to say that Mr Maloney has never commented on the issues raised during the Coverley or other projects which he was involved in under this government but all of a sudden he has a voice in the Hyatt project.
    ????

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    • hcalndre June 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Maybe the building is his and some of the other fellows that want to see it completed before the bell rings. On the outside if or when construction starts all the information should be posted on the outside that every one would know who are the players.

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  13. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    How a prime minister could off de top of he head just give permission? But why we want more hotels de cost of living or should I say taking a holiday in Barbados is to high.

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    • Big Man June 10, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Itz Queen if you are a real real Queen you might get a job at Hyatt as a Reservations Managers Resident Managers Restaurant managers
      Room Service Manager
      If you got any Qualifications

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  14. Peter June 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    @Whitehill, I thank you for your comments. I wrote in another comment, my humble apology to Ras, especially if I misinterpreted his comment. I am definitely not white, sorry if you got that impression. My reference to him as a little boy was a simple jester of the word “boy” and you should notice, that’s what he called himself. I did not call him that. With regards to the black man driving the $700,000.oo vehicle, that’s nothing. Live with it. I have seen presidents being driven in Bentleys in poverty stricken countries in Africa, and Asia, and even Latin America. I know a black Bagan Hotelier who drives a Rolls Royce Phantom in London. I drive what I drive simply because that’s what I can afford. When I die, I will take NOTHING with me. NONE OF US WILL. I remember a number of years ago when I bought an expensive luxury class vehicle. a White Barbadian man saw me and said….” Hey, man I can’t do business wid you any more, look wuh you driving. A month later I saw him driving an exact same model and German made vehicle , and I remarked,” we’ looka you, how does she feel?” he shouted his reply….. ‘ beautiful, smooth, de wife luv um.” Whitehill, Unless we free our rminds from mental slavery, we shall always be mentally entrapped, shallow, thick and slow. Enjoy your live while you’re still above ground. PEACE.

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  15. Glyne Sobers
    Glyne Sobers June 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Any type of positive development could bring help to this country. Knowing the state of our major reserve Tourism. We are now receiving serious competition from our near Caribbean neighbors financially so we need to provide Barbados’s high service and stranded to keep up. That hotel is a start develop the whole of Bridgetown !!!

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  16. The Rock June 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    More money for Hal gollop. Smfh.

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  17. sticks and stones June 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    hcalndre what do you expect from the decayed and dying baystreet and its surrounding in its current state. pray tell where do live under a rock or above the rock ,just take a stroll up and down the bay street corridor and ask yourself if this is the best barbados have to offer the people of that small town.

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  18. Willz RD
    Willz RD June 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Talk about underhanded deals and shady projects. Chaaaaaa

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  19. Patrick June 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Why don’t you all stop bothering about the people bwho have money and getting special treatment and try to get on board and earn some money.
    A project of that magnitude can only provide work for the same persons at the bottom of the ladder.

    I don’t bother about David Campaign, he is yet to find comfort with a party; he has tried party already.

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  20. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis June 11, 2017 at 3:54 am

    He already get one that why it building in court

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  21. David Comissiong June 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    THEY  MAKING (HYATT)  MOCK  SPORT  AT  WE !

    Over the past week or so an entity named “Hyatt Centric Development Team” has been sending out invitations inviting selected persons to a “public interactive discussion on the project” at the “site of the Hyatt Centric Resort, Carlisle Bay, Bay Street, Bridgetown” on Saturday June 10th, 2017.”

    This development constitutes a callous “slap in the face” of all Barbadians and a monumental insult to our intelligence!

    Indeed,these people are so contemptuous of us that they are bold-facedly holding a public town hall meeting (or as they term it— a public interactive discussion) NOT during the period  of the processing of the application; NOT prior to the Minister making a decision on the application, but some four (4) months AFTER the Minister has made his decision to grant permission to construct the controversial hotel !

    This meaningless town hall meeting is therefore simply a window dressing and public relations exercise on the part of the developer ! It has no substance or utility  !

    The whole purpose of a public town hall meeting is to give the Citizens and residents an input or say in the decision-making process BEFORE any decision is made by the authorities.

    Indeed, when a public town hall meeting is held as part of the processing of an application for a construction project it is stipulated that a record MUST be made of the meeting, and that the record must be forwarded to the Town and Country Planning authorities for their consideration PRIOR to the making of a decision on the application.

    I wish to reiterate that the application of Mr Mark Maloney’s company for permission to construct a 15 storey hotel on the beach at Carlisle Bay required that the proposed project be subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)  BEFORE any decision could be properly made on the application. And the staging of a serious and meaningful public town hall meeting would have been an integral requirement of the EIA process!

    Here, for the record , is what our Town and Country Planning Department’s “Handbook and Guide To Town Planning” says about this matter:-

    “PUBLIC  CONSULTATION

    Any application to the Chief Town Planner which requires the preparation of an environmental impact assessment SHALL be the subject of a PUBLIC  MEETING. The EIA report shall be made available to the public for a period of not less than twenty-eight (28) days to allow for perusal and scrutiny. The EIA report SHALL be made available within the community, district or main public library and the Town and Country Development Planning Office.

    No later than fourteen(14) days after the public meeting the applicant is REQUIRED  TO  SUBMIT  THE  REPORT  OF  THE  PROCEEDINGS  TO  THE  CHIEF  TOWN  PLANNER.

    ADVERTISING

    The public meeting shall be advertised on local media and at least one daily newspaper announcing the availability of the EIA report at the commencement of the twenty-eight day period. The advertisement should occupy at least one quarter page in the newspaper and should be bold and noticeable”

    Furthermore, Section 12.2 of our country’s Physical Development Plan stipulates that “where Environmental Impact Assessments are required they shall be completed to the satisfaction of the Chief Town Planner  PRIOR to approval being given”.

    In light of the foregoing, the proverbial “Six Million Dollar Question” is :- “Why wasn’t this particular project subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment, inclusive of a substantive and meaningful public town hall meeting in which we— the people of Barbados– could have asked serious questions, demanded answers, and recorded any concerns or objections that we might have about the project ???

    Somebody will have to answer this question , whether that answer is provided in the public domain or in the confines of a Court room.

    DAVID  COMISSIONG
    CITIZEN  OF  BARBADOS

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  22. Big Man June 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Come on Mark get on with the job to make Barbados great again
    You have Education and Common sense
    Get the economy going
    Hope you will be employing bajans first

    Don’t let the Trinidadians take over everything

    The Bajan mouth Giants just criticizing and have nothing to offer to make Barbados great again, majority don’t want to pay taxes
    just want everything free.
    Opportunities out there no one taking them up, when an astute business man take them up the empty vessels, crack pots, attention seekers, freeloaders and company coming out the wood work and confusing the country.

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  23. Puresweetnezz June 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Development is needed but there are plenty of hotels cannot we expand our water sport activities with new innovative ideas, like water slides, zip line across the water and dining on the waters (breakfast lunch dinner) with a walkway across the water. I am not sure what the sea is like there. What about Bajan products, jewellery arts etc. This advanced water sport area could also bring the tourist from the cruise ships making it a family affair. Spice it up with live entertainment and dj segments. This makes it not tourism focused only. We as Bajans deserve something new and exciting.

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