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Government is on the move as a total of 14 ministries and departments would be relocated from the Central Administration Building.
The move by the Government, which is being done to facilitate long-awaited repairs at the building following the 2017 hurricanes, will bring revenue to property owners in and around the Road Town area. According to recently released Cabinet decision, Cabinet took note of the list of available accommodation which may be considered to relocate Government offices.
Cabinet agreed that $380,000 be approved for rent costs for 2019 and that $500,000 be approved for relocation costs.
It was decided that the Government enters into a lease agreement with Manuel Reef Marina Limited for a period of two years, in the first instance, for office space measuring 2,394 square feet on the second floor of the Manuel Reef Marina Building, at the rate of $30 per square foot.
Additionally, Government has been cleared to enter into lease a agreement with Skelton Bay Lot Limited/Skelton Properties Limited for a period of two years, in the first instance, for office space measuring 4,900 square feet on the second floor of Building #10 located at Skelton Baylot, at the rate of $21 per square foot, plus a service fee of $50 per month.
Further, the Government is to enter into an agreement with Harvey Herbert and Delker Herbert for a period of two years, in the first instance, for office space measuring 2,421 square feet each on the second and third floors of Building #1 of the RG Hodge Plaza at the rate of $3,600 per month per floor;
Cabinet further approved an agreement for Lake Development Co., Ltd. for a period of two years, in the first instance, for office space measuring 3,067 square feet on the second floor of the Cutlass Tower, at the rate of $38 per square foot plus a monthly service fee of $4.25 per square foot.
Also, Rita Frett Georges, for a period of five years, for office space measuring 11,696 square feet in RFG Place, at the rate of $35 per square foot; and Burhym Electrical Services Limited for a period of two years, in the first instance, for office space in the Burhym Building with the ground floor space comprised of 1,438 square feet and the first floor space comprised of 3,259 square feet, at the rate of $34 per square foot.
Also, Cabinet decided that the Government enters into a lease agreement with the Valley Plaza Ltd. for the rental of storage space for the Civil Registry and Passport Office on a month-to-month basis at the rate of $600 per month.
Cabinet has agreed and decided that consideration be given to enter into lease arrangements with several other landlords if additional or alternate accommodation may be required.
These include, Raphael Stoutt for office space measuring 2,960 square feet at the rate of $30 per square foot; and Island Block Corporation Ltd. for office space measuring 3,000 square feet at the rate of $35 per square foot.
In response to the article first published by BVI Platinum News, Hon. Fahie indicated that the Deputy Governor’s Office through its Housing Accommodation Committee has been working on securing appropriate accommodation for the Public Officers and staff who have been based at the Building since the hurricanes of 2017.
This includes his office which is moving to Cutlass Building that currently houses a restaurant, BVI Finance and serves as the head office for a regional fuel supply company on the upper floors.
“The temporary accommodations were approved by this established committee that is independent of political interference,” Hon. Fahie defended the move.
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How About The Services?$880,000 to move pubic service workers!? Seems to me the government buildings in Virgin Gorda were working better right after the storm when there was no Air Conditioning - no time to jack people around when you hot! How about we streamline some of this red tape (why can't you renew permits on-line like the rest of the civilized world???). The government would be cashing more checks and not having to listen to these nutty workers *** about everything (while working 9 am to 1 pm)
SwadeSo my only concern is why Skelton bay lot getting $50 a month for service fee while Lake Development getting $4.25 per sqft? What does this service entails as there are the only 2 owners get such we need some light on this Mr. Premier the time the government done pay lake development the building should belong to the government....
SnakeAll Tenants on Skelton Baylot premises pay a $50 per month Security Fee. The premises are locked down from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am daily with guards patrolling. Any other questions?
NecessaryDon’t mind the noise. The condition of that building is horrible. Hats off to all that remained and worked there since the hurricane. It’s necessary to evacuate the building to repair and rid it of mold for all public servants and us the public who frequent those offices. Some will blog but refuse to or have not gone to any of those offices since the hurricane. My heart especially went out to those staff of the Land Registry.
Say what you like but people’s safety and lives matter so this was necessary.