Offshore island plan resurfaces
PLANS FOR AN ISLAND off Barbados, drawn 12 years ago, are being dusted off with a view to putting them back on the table.
A hint of this has been given by real estate developer Sir Paul Altman, who is excited by the prospects of the idea eventually coming to fruition.
Indicating it would have positive implications for the Bridgetown Port, he told the Barbados Nation: “Once you have that, the harbour expansion, which is absolutely necessary with the increase in cruise travel, will require more space and the outside of that is that the island becomes an extension to the harbour.”
Sir Paul shared his vision of what the planned 150-acre island development could possibly entail.
Proposal for second
“Between the island and the shore at Brandons Beach becomes a marina. The island then itself has space for five hotels that are now larger hotels, and it has room for apartments, restaurants, shopping. It also has room for home-porting, which is where Barbados is going.”
He revealed there was also a proposal for a second small island when the larger one was originally conceived.
“Whoever was developing the major island with the Government of Barbados would have a requirement that they had to put in place a smaller island as a gift, as a park for the people of Barbados to have picnics and concerts similar to what
Pigeon Island did in St Lucia.”
Since the Bridgetown Harbour was built close to 60 years ago, there has been extensive expansion in that area with land reclaimed for construction of the Barbados
Coast Guard station, the Shallow Draught and the Flour Mill.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley had said she commissioned the environmental impact study for the offshore island. (GC)
SIR PAUL ALTMAN