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|Posted by:||Feb 1st 2007, 04:45:13 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||http://www.jonesbahamas.com
Cotton Bay Signs Contract With Local Company
By Macushla N. Pinder
The developers of Eleuthera Properties’ Cotton Bay Villas announced on Monday that Phase I of the development will open a few months later than originally announced.
It will come less than two months after the development’s water and sewerage infrastructure is installed.
The opening of Cotton Bay’s 73-room resort was scheduled for May or June 2007, but on Monday Eleuthera Properties Chairman Franklyn Wilson disclosed that it is now slated to take place in November.
"Our general contractor had a personal medical challenge…We are now committed to have the first phase of the project opened before Thanksgiving of this year," Mr. Wilson said.
Mr. Wilson made the announcement during a contract signing event for the installation of water and sewerage in the first phase of the project.
The contract was signed with Pro Line Underground Utilities and Construction, a 100 percent Bahamian-owned company headed by James Rolle.
Mr. Rolle explained that the $2 million agreement calls for a total of 58 manholes, the installation of over 11,000 feet of water main, about 8,000 feet of sewer lines, three pumping stations and four fire hydrants.
"We are indeed committed to complete these works before the agreed time of September 30, 2007," he said.
"My company strives on doing quality work, and we have always endeavoured to maintain our excellent reputation which has followed us for the past 15 years."
According to Mr. Wilson, subsequent contracts will be executed "in the very near future" for additional underground infrastructure work like electricity.
Cotton Bay’s Phase I will comprise two and three bedroom villas, 114 estate lots and a 26,000-square foot clubhouse.
Future phases will include an 18-hole championship golf course, wellness center/spa, additional real estate development and an expanded marina.
"What is happening in South Eleuthera is really awesome…This thing is having significant impact. There are now lines outside the bank. We see evidences of other businesses opening or expanding and this gives me a tremendous amount of pleasure," Mr. Wilson said.
"…Because of what we are doing we are also increasing the viability of getting potable water in Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay."
But Mr. Wilson also admitted the development company has faced challenges getting to this point.
"You would have problems meeting targets because people are busy. This is the biggest challenge right now – getting things done. Today, there is a serious problem," he said.
Cotton Bay’s Managing Director Wim Steenbakker said the pace of construction will be critical.
"The community needs to grow with us rather than us getting ahead of the community. We have seen those mistakes elsewhere in The Bahamas like in Exuma. These small companies need to get off the ground, get the right people to work and that is what is happening with us," he said.
"Now it’s a challenge to ensure that we have enough housing available for permanent employees…From the beginning, we have been focused on bringing people home to Eleuthera…And this is another milestone we are already looking forward to."
Last month, Eleuthera Properties Ltd. launched an international design competition for architects under 40.
Applicants may submit a 3,000-sqare foot to 5,000-square foot one story or spilt level private resort home design.
The idea is to challenge architects to come up with the "perfect home" for the Cotton Bay community.
The first place winner will be awarded $5,000; the second place winner will be awarded $3,000 and the third place winner will be awarded $2,000.
The architect with the winning design will also have the opportunity to work with the Cotton Bay team.
The T. Albert Sands Award of $5,000 will be given to the best design submitted by a Bahamian architect, in honour of Cotton Bay’s late visionary.
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