Minister of Tourism Cecil “Ces” McKie has updated Parliament on the progress of Black Sands Resort, which is being constructed at Mt Wynne-Peters Hope.
His update last Thursday came in response to a question from opposition lawmaker Sen. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, just over a year after the official ground breaking ceremony for the project.
Bacchus-Baptiste asked the minister to tell parliament what is the status of the project and, in particular, when will construction begin and when will the project be completed.
McKie said the resort is being constructed in three overlapping phases by PACE Development (St. Vincent) Inc., which has an association with PACE Development Inc. in Canada.
He said the site plan and architectural drawings, which include the construction of 10 villas for phase 1 were submitted to the Physical Planning Department on Oct. 5, 2017 and were approved on Feb. 2, 2018.
On Feb. 5, 2018, work began on the site with heavy equipment.
Clearing and cutting of roads for those villas were completed on March 23.
He said the developers are projecting to complete the construction of the 40 villas with five rooms each by the third-quarter of 2019, subject to weather and Physical Planning Department approvals.
The architectural team is preparing to submit for Planning approval the plan for the additional 30 villas. As soon as the site plan is approved, the second phase of the project will begin, the minister told lawmakers and media audiences.
On completion of the 40 villas, the final landscaping and paving of the road will be done.
The third phase is the construction of the hotel tower with 200 rooms, scheduled to commence before the end of 2018 and projected to be completed in 22 months.
“Mr. Speaker, I am happy to say that this is yet another phase as we move forward with the development of the tourism sector and I think that we will all agree that the coming into being of the Argyle International Airport has brought new interest in the destination St. Vincent and the Grenadines and over the past recent months as we intensify our efforts to attract investors and increase our room capacity. We have seen what we refer to as name brand hotels coming to our shores to look to invest towards proving that increased capacity for us,” the minister said.