Ming Calls For Update On St George’s Hotel

March 23, 2017 | 9 Comments

“The OBA continues to avoid the question of when the hotel development in St. George’s will break ground,” Shadow Minister of Municipalities Senator Renee Ming said, adding that she calls on the “OBA to give an update on this project as soon as possible.”

A statement from the development team last year said they are “looking forward to completing the design work necessary to submit completed documents and plans to the Department of Planning later in the summer with a desire to start construction before the end of 2016. The hotel is programmed to be completed in 2019.”

A statement in December 2014 from the then Minister said “the development budget is estimated at US$120 million and we are aiming to have construction commence in mid 2015 with construction time estimated to be sixteen month from commencement.”

Slideshow of the plans for the hotel displayed at a public meeting held last year:

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Senator Ming said, “The OBA continues to avoid the question of when the hotel development in St. George’s will break ground.

“The Premier’s pledge that the hotel will be the first aspect of the project, provides little comfort when there is still no firm date on when the shovels will go in the ground, when Bermudians will be hired to do the work and when the hope of a St. George’s Hotel will become more than just words.”

“The OBA and Minister Fahy have an obligation to provide an update on this project and if they can no longer give a date as to when ground will be broken in St. George’s, they should at least be honest to the people of Bermuda and St George’s.

“This delay also begs the question as to whether the OBA’s failure to consult on the gaming fees has affected the viability of this project?

“For the sake of St. Georgian’s who will be directly impacted by this project, as well as by Bermudians in general who are looking for employment, I call on the OBA to give an update on this project as soon as possible.”

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  1. Trying to spin a yarn says:

    Senator–do something productive like get involved with helping the process to get a hotel in the East end up an running so that East end residents have a chance after what happened to them due during the PLP’s tourism Platinum Period.

    What a beauty that was.

    Dr Brown’s Platinimum period!!! LOL!!!

  2. Double S says:

    “This delay also begs the question as to whether the OBA’s failure to consult on the gaming fees has affected the viability of this project?

    The Gaming Commission just debunked that myth.

    • What?? says:

      Really? Where? Read their statement again and see if you can find anywhere that’s says they consulted with the people holding the designated site licenses (the St. Georges hotel is one) prior to setting the fees.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      They, the Ministry and the developers all debunked that a couple weeks ago when they gave an update. Evidently the shadow minister isn’t keeping up with the news. First time hearing from the shadow minister, and it is to complain about a lack of update, after there was an update on the development…

  3. property owner says:

    Can we just have a statement in the house from Mr Bascome he should have the answer to this

  4. sandgrownan says:

    Go ask DREB you excuse for a Senator.

  5. serengeti says:

    It’s breaking ground in November 2011.

    Oh no, wait a minute. That was the promise made repeatedly by Ewart Brown and Patrice Minors.

  6. Pepper Spray says:

    So Double S you just blindly believe whatever your people tell you? Typical!! There is a reason why the hotel project in St. George’s hasn’t started despite numerous assurances from the OBA. The truth always comes out eventually. Keep doing your job Senator Ming.

  7. Vamos says:

    They are all politicians. OBA and PLP are as bad as each other. Smoke and mirrors!

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