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Govt to take stock of buildings with audit

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Anthony Newbold

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

THE government intends to undertake an audit of all the properties it currently owns or rents, in an effort to best streamline its facilities portfolio in the coming years, press secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

The announcement came during Mr Newbold's weekly press briefing, with him calling the process a follow-up of the government's decision to rent a section of the Town Centre Mall, owned by Cabinet minister Brent Symonette and his brother, to temporarily house the General Post Office.

However, Mr Newbold gave no details on exactly when the audit will be carried out, who would conduct it or how much would be spent to have it completed. He said the government is on quest to determine, once and for all, what they own, where these properties are located, and in cases of rented facilities, the total amount it is paying month to month.

"Obviously, once that audit has been completed, then decisions would have to be made," he said.

"The prime minister has talked about this, you heard him talk about the fact that government spends an inordinate amount of money renting. The government should have its own premises. It should have its own buildings. (But) what has to go with that, of course, is a real serious maintenance schedule because we all know, we don't take care of anything. We build a new building, five years later we need to build another one because we didn't take care of the one that we built."

According to Mr Newbold, once the exercise is complete, some new buildings will be constructed to house various government agencies, while many others will be renovated.

Speaking specifically to the former St John's and City Market sites on Market Street, Mr Newbold insisted those two sites have already been earmarked for development.

However, he said he was uncertain what will be constructed on the properties.

"We don't know what is going to go there, but we know there will be something there," he added.

The government last week pushed a resolution through Parliament that would see it rent sections of the Town Centre Mall for $12 per square foot.

The resolution noted that the General Post Office building on East Hill Street was condemned as being structurally unsound and had suffered from periodic, deep-rooted mould infestation and other harmful environment pathogens.

That move came after the government balked on plans that would have seen the postal operations moved to either the Independence Drive Shopping Centre, the old Phil's supermarket building on Gladstone Road or the old City Markets building on Market Street.

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licks2 4 years, 3 months ago

Well muddo sic. . .ROTFL!! It is like "we been in 20 battles and done killed 1000 enemy soldiers. . . by the way. . .count how many trucks we have to take our troops into battle next time . . .ya hear"? Well, are we learning how to do things new!!

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John 4 years, 3 months ago

The bottom line is the government is not going anywhere. The FNM may come to power and so may the PLP. And one day the DNA may sit in the seat of power. So the government will always need buildings. And it should seek to own and maintain buildings for its most essential services as opposed to renting. True to fact, the Minnis government inherited a lot of vacant and dilapidated buildings, that are not only an eyesore but pose a possible danger to the communities they are located. And with the American Embassy soon to start construction on East Street Hill, now would be the perfect time to start with the post office site and construct a state of the art, multipurpose building. And move through the inventory replacing and upgrading buildings. The stagnant economy has caused a lot of private buildings to also fall into disrepair. Rather than going around with a big stick threatening these property owners, government should create a cooperative to so how best to get these buildings back up and running or at least secures from vandals and vagrants

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sheeprunner12 4 years, 3 months ago

Well Muddoes!!!!!!! ................. What are all of the PS of each Ministry doing???????? .......... Is that not their responsibility??????? ............. Do we really expect MOPW to ever finish this report?????

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