Work on Phase Two of police barracks to resume in 2015
Monday, December 1st, 2014
Work on the second phase of the police barracks building is currently at a standstill and is not expected to resume until the first week of 2015. The delay of the arrival of material being shipped from the mainland has prevented the construction team from completing the building. Work on the second barrack building commenced in early October 2014, and so far the foundation and first floor walls have been constructed.
According to Deputy Mayor Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez the construction of this building is expected to be completed much faster than the first building. “Right now we have ordered almost all the material needed to construct the structure. The only thing that is holding us back is that we need the material to be shipped and that takes time, but once the material is here, construction will proceed in full force,” said Nuñez.
The second building will share the same design as the first barrack building, but instead of having eight rooms it will only have four. While the building will follow the same concept, minor changes will be made to the first floor, as it will be converted into a recreational and educational facility for the San Pedro Cadet Corp. The second floor will have two rooms, each with private bathrooms that will house two officers comfortably.
While Nuñez has indicated that the $50,000 that was given by the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday, August 13th was used for the purchase of construction material, funds are still needed for the electrification and plumbing. “As I had said, we have all the material needed to construct the building, but we will need assistance with the plumbing, electric wiring and other minor finishes such as paint and tiles. We are estimating that it would cost around $8,000 to $10,000 to fully complete the barracks and have it up to standards as the first one,” said Nuñez.
Once construction resumes, Nuñez is estimating that the building will be completed in less than two months. Anyone wanting to make additional donations, either monetary or in materials, can contact Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nunez at 605-0976 or Inspector Henry Jemmott at 600-6523.
The San Pedro Police Department would like to take the opportunity to thank Castillo’s Hardware, San Pedro Town Council, Daniel Guerrero and family, Honorable Manuel Heredia, Gaby’s Construction, Government of Belize and the Ministry of National Security for their generous donations towards this project.
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