ItÂs been announced that the construction of new police barracks in San Pedro Town have been temporarily delayed, with all current work having stopped. Â The previous barracks are very dilapidated, making it difficult for police officers to live and carry out their jobs effectively. Â Whilst there are a number of reasons for the latest halt in work, construction is set to continue over the coming weeks.
On May 3rd, a project by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), San Pedro business community and Coastal Executive Officer in Charge, Luis Castellanos, got underway to provide police officers with better accommodation. Â The two-story home will provide eight rooms, each with a mini balcony and private bathroom so that officers have somewhere to rest after their work.
One of the major problems noted is cost. Â A number of local individuals, including Phoenix ResortÂs Mukul Kanabar, Matachica ResortÂs Gricel Graniel, Las Terrazas ResortÂs David Hess and VictoriaÂs House ResortÂs Brent Kirkman, pledged a total of $20,000 for the project. Â However, it was recently announced by Gabriel ÂGabyÂ Nunez, the contractor, that itÂd cost around $60,000 more. Â A plethora of donations have enabled the building to be completed in terms of roofing, framing and foundations, but none of the exterior or interior walls have been completed.
In a new interview, Mr. Castellanos said that construction had come to a halt due to a number of reasons. Â One major factor is that Mr. Nunez is offering his contracting services for free. Â Therefore, to make a living, he has to juggle other projects and is temporary unable to get to the site. Â ÂGaby was kind enough to construct the barracks for us free of charge, but he also has other contracts to complete. Â And it is completely understandable that we have to work out a way to get all things done,Â Mr. Castellanos said. Â In addition, with heavy rains and a packed event calendar, September saw very little time available to be given to the project.
Another big factor for holding up the build is the lack of money, and despite the business community assisting, the Central Government hasnÂt offered any funding. Â A total of $70,000 is still needed to complete the build, with Mr. Castellanos looking at many avenues to try and secure the cash.