ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Another Antiguan landmark may soon be set for the bulldozer, as the government forges ahead with proposals to revamp parts of the capital city of St John’s.
A recent study recommended that the building housing the General Post Office be torn down or refurbished to improve its appearance.
It’s the second building facing being razed to the ground under the development plans, some of which have sparked public outcry.
The man tasked with overseeing the scheme, chairman of the St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) Sylvester Browne, said, “The recommendation is that the post office be torn down.”
Browne, while speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People programme, said the building was not structurally sound and the space it occupies is not properly utilised.
The other building earmarked for demolition currently houses the Ministry of Health, located on High and Long streets.
A number of people have spoken out against the demolition of the building that is being used by the health ministry. They include Opposition Leader Lester Bird, who threatened legal action if the government follows through with its plans.
Bird said the old administration building has much historical value and can not be destroyed without a public hearing and public agreement, under a 1986 law he shepherded through parliament.
Another of his Antigua Labour Party cohorts, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, previously warned the SJDC chairman that going through with the plan was tantamount to a “sin against God and the people of Antigua & Barbuda.”
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