PLP Responds to FNM Long Promised Signing of New Straw Market

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Progressive Liberal Party Responds to
FNM Long Promised Signing of New Straw Market Contract December 17th 2009
PART I

Hubert Ingraham FNM Government yesterday signed an $11.2 Million Contract with Cavalier Construction Company for a one storey Straw Market which the Government boldly told Bahamians would cost $10 Million and not a penny more. One gets dizzy with the many statements by FNM Ministers as to why the contract by the PLP was cancelled. PM Ingraham said the Contractor did not have the experience to execute the contract yet the same Contractor is heavily involved in the $400 million dollar expansion at LPIA. The Contractor was not qualified in 2007 and suddenly became qualified in 2009. Then Minister Earl Deveaux said it was the wrong location and wanted vendors to relocate to an aborted location on Prince George Dock etc and etc.

Cost

The Government lamented on the cost of the Straw Market under the PLP as being too expensive. The Progressive Liberal Party charges the FNM Government with over expenditure for a warehouse – open plan type structure which they intend to layout furnishings for the vendors at a ridiculous cost of $ 305.00 per square foot. The cost is 2.5 times higher than the project cost under the PLP. See Chart below.

Straw Market Development

Comparison Report
Govt. Administration                                PLP                      FNM

Cost                                                            $ 23M                  $11.29M

Size                                                             180,000 Sq Ft.     37,000 Sq Ft.

Site Area 57,722 Sq Ft. Efficiency             64 %                     311%  (3 levels)

Tendered Construction Cost / Square Ft. $ 130.00 / Sq Ft.  $ 305.00.00/ Sq Ft.

Occupancy                    Vendors                         600+                     442
Restaurant                     200                       –
Cultural Review            200                       –
Other                               40                         –

Revenue
(Projected)            Vendors ($75/Week)      $ 540,000.00        $ 360,000.00                                     Other                                       $ 1.7M (@ 60%)* $ Nil             .
Total Estimated
* After Service & Maintenance Costs

Site Development Value

Further the design is an insult to the historical importance of the site and an insult to its value. Real Estate professionals should acknowledge that the site is being underdeveloped based on its worth.

Sale of this property including the value of its infrastructure, the foundation and general services suggests that the site is worth in sale $6-7 Million dollars. It is a measure of thumb that any development investment that is not four times the worth of the site value or purchase is a gross abuse of the site value is considered underdevelopment.

For a site that is the one last of its kind, waterfront etc. on Down Town Bay Street that is held in the public domain, and will not provide any returns is surely an abuse of the public asset.
The expected sum that the vendors will have to pay to at least maintain the facility will exceed the proposed sum under the PLP at $75.00 per month or there will be a cost required by the people to assist with its annual costs.

Selected Bid

The Bid by Cavalier Construction is also interesting. In the previous tender under the PLP their Bid was in the area of $ 37Million suggesting a cost of $ 205.00 per square foot which bid was rejected based on the selected bid of Wosely Dominion Construction @ $ 120.00 per square foot.

Today Cavalier’s Bid has gone up $ 100.00 per square foot for a described open plan with no internal structure for a building described as an open plan which is no more that a steel framed structure that is five (5) times smaller than the previous design.

Farce

The FNM Government had told the Bahamian People that they would build a Straw Market at a cost of $ 10 Million and not a penny more. Immediately the FNM Government was advised that it could not be done. However to meet this end and premature statements they caused a revision of the design with an Architect who placed next to last in the National competition that the FNM Government first set up in 2001.

To meet this political end, the original design was drastically revised and the final product was indifferent to the scope of the previous plan that was programmed by a great number of persons. The reduced scope to meet this political end is as follows based on the recent tender:

Size was reduced

Vendor numbers reduced

Activities reduced

Services reduced

Design Efficiency and Character reduced

Part II will deal with the cost to the Tax Payers for various Professional Fees and the repairs to the Tent and the pain and suffering inflicted on vendors who would have been occupying The Straw Market more than eighteen months ago if the FNM had not cancelled the legally executed contract by the PLP government for a project expertly considered by all relevant stake holders.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. yeah uh huh and so again, what stopped the PLP from doing these things when they were in power??? what???..

    • You are sure living up to your name as you missed the point.Govts are supposed to be continuos but in the case of these who now govern they want to start things that should by now be completed.Unfortunately for the PLP they were not able to do everything they planned for as the availability of workers posed a problem.Stop being a person in a bubble as it prevents you frojm seeing reasonable things.Stop,Review,cancel victimise is the only benchmark this wutless Govt can claim.Obviously you are getting some of the crumbs from the table soyou are able to pay your BEC bill but what about others?You cannot defend the many wrongs of this wutless Govt. who are now in serious trouble domestically and internationally.

      • no, i don’t get crumbs but have managed to use my brain so that i can earn for myself rather than waiting on some political handout.  i could actually care less about fnm or plp – what do they do whne it really gets right down to it?? we live in a backward country just in case u haven’t noticed and not much things work like they should…therefore, when in power, get to work leave spoilt pussycat act for when the job is done!   

  2. Any idiot, or at least,(almost any idiot) can see the smoke screen  award Fnms.! The straw  market, the courts, sandilands, etc,  all Stopped, Reviewed, and cancelled, to make way for fnm, cronies! Building  the straw market, for 23, milion,sounds more iscally prudent with four stories, housing the ministry of tourism, and other ancillary buildings, than one for 11.2mllion, one storey. Additionally,the cost  incurred, for the former contractor, and architect, will certainlyru up to far more than 23 million. The fnm, is nothing more than a recycled goverment! Absolutly nothing new on the drawing board

  3. Any idiot, or at least,(almost any idiot) can see the smoke screen  award Fnms.! The straw  market, the courts, sandilands, etc,  all Stopped, Reviewed, and cancelled, to make way for fnm, cronies! Building  the straw market, for 23, milion,sounds more iscally prudent with four stories, housing the ministry of tourism, and other ancillary buildings, than one for 11.2mllion, one storey. Additionally,the cost  incurred, for the former contractor, and architect, will certainlyru up to far more than 23 million. The fnm, is nothing more than a recycled goverment! Absolutly nothing new on the dawing board

  4. oh stop crying Bradley Roberts….there was nothing stopping you’ll from rebuilding the straw market…all talk and no action makes jack a dull boy…and pls PC, find a voice…why did you run for leader anyway if you planned on being more ineffective than you were the first time around…yak, yak, yak…we want action man!

  5. LESLIE MILLER oh goodness I forgot all about that and its true 23 million is too much…. AND THE PLP PROUD TO COMPARE AND CONTRAST… If they wanted to show that there scheme wouldve bring in more jobs they HEY das good too but hey 23 million das toooooooooo much. But leslie Miller I really like him i was very disappointed that he lost against Sydney Collie. Hes a hard working man and hes REAL. He dont sugar-coat nothing like Perry or EXAGGERATE.

  6. Leslie Miller said that Roberts and his co-conspirators were too greedy, which is why they pressured the PM  at the time to remove the market from Miller’s portfolio….cookie monsters, all…

  7. Leslie Miller said that Roberts and his co-conspirators were too greedy, which is why they pressured the PM  at the time to remove the market from Miller’s portfolio….

  8. Naomi hello HI…. ATLEAST YOU UNDERSTAND and its cheaper too. Though…. PLP own would have more jobs but the FNM save over 11 million dollars and I think its good because of THE ECONOMY. They had 5 yrs to build it they didnt so they needs to sit down and go to a different issue because this a loosing one.

  9. It took almost a decade to rebuild the straw market and during that time those vendors had to work under some very unpleasant and unhealthy conditions. So right now, I don’t care which government is doing it.  I am just elated to know it is finally being done.

  10. Well at least they are going to build it, PLP had 5 years and did nothing, although they quickly tried to do something right before election. Insulting us and the Vendors. Good for the FNM, I applaud them.

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