GREAT BAY – Plans for the construction of a car park on Pond Island are beginning to take shape as the general pension fund administrator, APS, has embarked on a series of activities related to the project.
Just before the weekend, a contractor erected a fence on the unpaved plot next to the Government Administration Building and erected a sign that described the process that must lead to the opening of the multi-story parking garage in 2020.
A local contractor has started to upgrade a portion of the location where the parking facilities are to be constructed.
The front part to the construction site is to be fenced off while a welcome and project information sign board has been placed at the site. The sign board informs the general public on the scheduled phases for the construction of a multifunctional (commercial) building and parking garage.
“Among the first steps to take place are the preparation and pre-development activities. These entail subsoil tests, surveying and measuring, as well as determining the functional, technical and spatial requirements for the multifunctional building and parking facilities,” says APS director Nadya van Putten.
She notes that “by late 2017 into early 2018 architectural and engineering designs will be ready, prior to the actual development and beginning of construction works to take place from mid-2018 to 2020”. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019 and should be ready for opening to the public by early 2020.
The parking garage is expected to become a welcome addition to Philipsburg, where parking of vehicles remains a serious challenge for persons working in the area and for those having to visit offices and stores in the area.
The contractor will begin his work as early as this week.
APS acquired the property from the St. Maarten government in September 2016 as part of a debt settlement agreement.