APS Director Nadya van Putten stands next to a sign board announcing the parking facility project on Pond Island.
POND ISLAND–Plans by the General Pension Fund Administrator APS to construct a “much-needed” car park in Philipsburg are beginning to take shape with APS embarking on a series of activities related to the project. By late 2017 into early 2018 architectural and engineering designs will be ready and the actual development and start of construction works will take place mid-2018 to 2020. The project is scheduled to be completed by the ending of 2019 and should be ready for opening to the public by early 2020. The pension fund has contracted a local contractor to start upgrading a portion of the lot in Philipsburg, where the parking facilities are to be constructed. The contractor will begin work as early as this week.
Additionally, the front portion 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 public about the scheduled phases for the construction of a multifunctional (commercial) building and parking garage on that site.
“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 to be constructed on the property,” APS Director Nadya van Putten said in a press release on Sunday.
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, APS said in the release.
APS acquired the property from government in September 2016 as part of a debt settlement agreement with the pension fund.
The lot on which the multi-functional building and parking facilities will be erected is bounded to the south by the parcel of land on which the new Government Administration Building is constructed on Pond Island.