Former Harrington Sound Post Office For Sale

May 7, 2015

The Department of Public Lands and Buildings said they wish to “advise the public that The Government of Bermuda will, from Monday the 11th of May, offer for sale, the freehold of the former Harrington Sound Post Office and adjoining land parcel. Conditional and or unconditional offers are invited for the whole to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 19th June 2015.”

The property can be viewed at the times below:

  • Monday 11th May 2015 – 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 27th May 2015 – 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 4th June 2015 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 12th June 2015 – 10.30am – 12.30pm

“The property lends itself to use in its current form or a re-development which utilizes its planning zoning, views or nearness to the Harrington Sound and a busy thoroughfare,” a spokesperson said. “For more details contact estates@gov.bm or 441-294-9191.”

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  1. curious says:

    Wouldn’t be better for the government to lease this property that put it up for sale…

    • Family Man says:

      Like the 21 year (less a day) lease on White’s Island for $0.00?

      • Purple Koolaid says:

        Don’t forget the 99 Year Lease to Coco Reef!

    • Mockingjay says:

      Friends and Family deal.

      • Edmund Spenser says:

        So I take it you will be putting in a bid so they can’t make a “Friends and Family” deal.

    • Serious Though says:

      Does the Bermuda constitutional gives Parliament or Minister to authority sell, trade, or …. government land or property ? somebody ..

  2. Micro says:

    I could see a watersports hub there

  3. Terry says:

    Just happened upon this.
    Who the hell is the Minister and Head of Department with regards to this sale/issue.

    S***.
    Next OBA will be selling St. Davids and Ferry Reach.

    I need answers.

    Out with OBA.

    • Young Bermudian says:

      Please everyone call/email the Department of Public Lands and Buildings under the Ministry of Public Works to voice your disbelief and outrage. As small as Bermuda is, selling off government lands is NOT the answer.

      http://www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=927&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached=true

      • serengeti says:

        yet you were ok with selling off Grand Atlantic.

        • stunned... says:

          @ young Bermudian, i am inclined to agree. to sell of the property just to spend it on financing a deficit, read a bloated civil service, is the not the answer, or, if the proceeds are going to be applied solely to the reduction of the $2B debt, then maybe.

          funding inefficiencies with the sale of real estate is kicking the can further down the road with leaving nothing in the way of assets for our grandchildren.

          • serengeti says:

            It’s exactly what the PLP stated they were going to do in their 2012 budget, except they were talking about selling a lot of real estate, not just one property. Don’t recall the objections being raised then.

            • stunned... says:

              does it matter now? this country is under new management. my comments are unchanged.

      • Casual Observer says:

        Why?

        What drastic thing will happen if the Government sells off this piece of unused land?

        Please tell me.

        And where was your concern when the PLP gifted Coco Reef public land or when the previous CoH Admin gave away our Waterfront for almost 300 years?

        Or when the PLP in their 2012 budget stated that as a means to boost the ‘soft real estate market’ and trim Government fat that they will embark on selling off $10mn in Govt assets. Refer to then Minister Michael Scott’s comments and the PLP 2012 budget. Actually this is what he stated:

        Government Estates Minister Michael Scott has no qualms about placing some $10 million of Government property in a soft real estate market.

        And a timeline for commercialising the sea bed, first mooted in 1998, is dependent on private developers.

        The Estates Ministry is expecting to bring in an extra $10 million in revenue by selling or leasing underutilised properties.

        “I haven’t a concern about this,” he said. “One has to try options in this environment punishing as it is.”

        He said that Government would be otherwise left with high maintenance costs for its underutilised properties.

        Mr Scott noted that sub Post Offices across the Island represented loss leaders for the Government.

        “New ways of dealing with that asset have to be considered.

        “The Ministry of Finance is interested in creating fiscal space. The Government competes in this kind of climate with private sector in that way.

        “But I think we contribute to the private sector’s real estate inventory if you provide an opportunity for whoever’s out there.”

        —-

        Notice how he mentioned the sub post offices were prime candidates? And yet nothing but silence from the usual suspects.

        • Family Man says:

          oh hush now, you’ve ruined their whole whine with your facts.

  4. frank says:

    we all know that they already have a buyer
    lets see what the minister has to say
    he just loves to be the fall guy

    • Sad says:

      Who’s the buyer then?

      • Mockingjay says:

        Friends and Family

        • hmmm2 says:

          Everybody in Bermuda is “Friends and Family.” Sometimes we have to be realistic.

        • Billy Mays says:

          What about the word “auction” do you not understand? It’s on the OPEN MARKET!!! Tin hats off for once.

      • Purple Koolaid says:

        THats what I was wondering. If you know – speak up!

  5. blow in says:

    CHILDREN play nice please

  6. Onion says:

    Why not market this property properly like any other seller instead of giving it away in a fire sale?

    • Mockingjay says:

      Didn’t I hear a Political figure mention something like Bermuda opening her legs like a lady of the night or something like that?

  7. Smh says:

    Idk buh this could be a good deal, government sold Grand Atlantic for 9 million…that has 70 something apartments…so this should go for about a 100 grand…give or take a dollar..water view and all…

  8. Unbelievable says:

    You know what? The Govt is selling it. Good. One less thing to worry about. Sure if it was rented out it could recoup some money over the years but you’d have to worry about Govt being a landlord and maintaining the place which will involve civil servant man-power hours and W&E resources, etc.

    Get rid of it. One less thing to worry about. It’s a very old pretty building so I hope the new owners don’t turn it into a stupid ice cream parlour or knock it down just to build a gaudy mansion.

    • Bermy says:

      Also in order to rent it it needs to be repurposed unless someone is opening a private postal service. That takes time and money. It’s better to sell and let the new owner incur any remedial cost

    • Pure Madness!!!!!! says:

      With it being someone elses they can do what they like. I say don’t sell but hey who am I, just some lowly bermudian who cares about their homeland.

  9. Terry says:

    Just open another Art Mels.

    Problem solved.

  10. Confused says:

    And if nothing happened to the property for the next year Mockingfool would be saying it should have been sold.

  11. johnny says:

    The official OBA slogan “Sell Bermuda”. It will be interesting, with all the OBA’S new policies, to see who will purchase this property and what it will be used for.

    • Dude says:

      If you’re so concerned, why don’t you buy it or put together a consortium of investors to purchase it?

    • Bermy says:

      Or we could just “sell out the Bermuda public” and keep paying for unneeded infrastructure

  12. destiny says:

    Bermuda has the most ignorant small minded people on the planet. Who cares who buys the place. It’s for sale! We need money to pay debt. Stop whining over everything. Geez this place is so full of stupidity!

    • Happy says:

      that’s because all the smart ones have left

  13. Terry says:

    An afterthought.

    This is a PRIME piece of real estate.
    Located high on that bluff overlooking Harington Sound with majestic sunrises and sunsets.

    Fools.

    Wonder what the neighbors to their south/west will say.

    Those 5 houses around the corner are worth at least $50 million combined.

    I need a rum.

  14. Happy says:

    put a kfc there or a liquor store there that ill wark

  15. stunned... says:

    upper level – small tea, coffe house and keeping remnants of the old office fittings or model similar to Perot Post Office also selling small souvenirs and post cards with a royal mail box.

    lower level – spa/gym/yoga studio combo overlooking the sound

    • stunned... says:

      alternstively the post office can be modified to offer only Post Boxes.

      >increases revenue through rentals
      >increases the number of postal boxes being available ideally to meet parish needs
      >could reduce number of mail deliverers – employee costs, although increases need for mail sorters for increased boxes
      >creates possibility of revenue for home delivered mail service

      everyone will pay for their mail either in postal boxes or home deliveries. this should help to improve the postal service operations.

      • Charlly X says:

        @ Stunned ! Finally the convo starts getting good !! Like the thoughts in the right direction ! Make the the property a source of income as well as an asset to the people of Bermuda !!
        Mr. Minister how much is the Worth 2.5$$$$$$$ ????

      • Interested Party says:

        So stunned, why don’t you buy it and get it done!?

  16. Just a thought...... says:

    The government have been trying to let the rundown eyesore on Shelly bay road for over a year, maybe selling this too would create something more pleasing on the eye, and also give residence and visitors alike something to utilize in the future……plus, it would relinquish funds that are being constantly pumped into it after storms…..

  17. consider says:

    It is a solitary piece of land with good water views in an existing high-end residential area and is zoned Residential. Let it go to the highest bidder. Government does not need to hold on to every little piece of property it has, especially in residential neighborhoods.

  18. Terry says:

    Probably one of those RUBIS CUBE deal.
    Friends And Mason things…………………………………..

  19. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    it’s quite evident that you all haven’t had debt collectors call in their due…in some cases you just MIGHT have to sell your a**. big money is needed NOW!…can’t wait on slow returns on weak investments…