A Dart Realty affiliate will pay the Cayman Government US$14,574,000 for the conversion of leasehold to freehold on the 280-acre former North Sound Golf Course.
As it stands the land is subject to a 99-year-lease that has 75 years left. Negotiations of the freehold transfer began in 2011 with both the government and Dart Realty having appraisals done on the value of converting the land from leasehold to freehold.
Conversion of the lease will have to be finalised in accordance with the requirements of the Governor (Vesting of Lands) Law, but the deal has been done in principal.
This is the latest of a number of Dart Realty projects. Last Wednesday (January 27 2016) Dart Realty Ltd. celebrated the official opening of its new Camana Bay LEED® Gold certified 86,000 square foot office building.
The building at 18 Forum Lane will minimise energy use through their shade-on-shade design, rooftop solar panels and thoughtfully designed landscaping to offer ample shade. (more…)
February 2, 2016
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Former Ocala Entertainment Complex building to become new school of nursing.
Rasmussen College’s School of Nursing current building is getting cramped, with nearly 500 nursing students taking classes at the facility. The need for more computers, skill labs and clinical simulation activities has grown over the last couple years, along with the parking challenges that come with the excess of students.
The college announced that the 29,000-square-foot former Ocala Entertainment Complex building would soon become the new home for the School of Nursing. The new building offers twice the space, offering much need space for students, teachers, equipment and parking. (more…)
February 1, 2016
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Cayman Brac’s Beach Resort reopens following a 4-month major face-lift. Formaly known as the Brac Reef Beach Resort, the well known resort, along with recent upgrades to the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport, is helping to improve Cayman Brac’s standing in the global marketplace.
Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell says the new-look resort and airport upgrades makes Cayman Brac more attractive from an investors perspective.
“I think the fact that we have improved the air service, and that we have improved the ability to get your guests here(in Cayman Brac); we are now in a position that developers and investors have an opportunity to look at Cayman Brac as a place to come and take advantage of a business opportunity.”
The revamped facility features a free-form beach front pool, multi-level bar, a new paint job, a new bar menu and upgraded accommodations. The resort was only open to local guest from August to mid-December, which in turn kept its staff employed during the renovations. (more…)
January 22, 2016
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A 70-acre site in South Sound has received approved zoning for Cayman Enterprise City proposed campus.
The Planned Area Development approval provides general permission for Enterprise City’s envisaged overall master plan that was supplied during a meeting of the Central Planning Authority on Thursday 10th December.
Enterprise City will still need to apply for separate planning approval for each phase of the project, which when completed will see a cluster of office buildings, homes, restaurants and a hotel surrounding a man-made lake.
The first phase of the project will see an application for two five-story “gateway” office buildings early next year.
Chief development officer for the zone, Cindy O’Hara, has said that there are already enough businesses to fill the first building. (more…)
December 14, 2015
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TEN Arquitectos of Mexico City and New York have been announced winners of Beach Bay Land Ltd’s design competition for the St. James Point, Beach Bay Resort.
The US$250 million luxury resort in Bodden Town was unveiled Saturday 5th December at an event in at the Art Basel Gallery in Miami Beach. The project is set on a lush 16-acre property fronted by a 1,000 foot secluded and private natural beach, and features a 200-room hotel and 90 residential units, spa, shops, restaurants and water sports.
John Layton, managing director of the development company, said he was impressed with the firms “bold ideas” as well as being impressed with their past projects.
The lead architect for TEN Arquitectos, Enrique Norten, said “We have a unique concept here that will fit harmoniously within the landscape” and creating buildings that sync with the natural environment was key to the project.
TEN Arquitectos competed in the design competition with two other firms, Garcia Stromberg and SB Architects. (more…)
December 10, 2015
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Unlike other Caribbean islands, buying in Cayman has no restrictions on foreign ownership. Every property in Cayman is registered under a unique block and parcel number, which means every owner is registered with the Government guaranteeing the right of ownership. A potential purchaser may examine the public records regarding any property to check whether there are any liens, charges or restrictions on it.
When buying in Cayman the purchasing process is relatively easy. The prospective buyers presents personal documents, including certificates of identification and confirmation of the source of funds. Buyers then file a “Search and Stay” status on the land with the Department of Lands and Surveys upon entering into a contract. This essentially grants the purchaser a priority period during which the property is put on “freeze”, preventing any other interest from being registered against the land until the property has been officially transferred.
Unless stipulated within a particular development, there are no time deadlines for building on raw land. The land can be held undeveloped indefinitely; you can land bank now for your future generations. Planning approvals are valid for five years following the grant of planning permission. (more…)
November 25, 2015
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On Wednesday 28th October the Cayman Cabinet officially approved the cruise berthing facility recommendations.
The Cayman Government announced in September that they were pushing ahead with the plans to build a cruise berthing facility in George Town, however a design has not been finalized.
The cruise pier project estimates a potential economic upside of US$439 million over 20 years for the Cayman Islands.
The estimate factors in anticipated increase in passenger spending based on the assumption that the piers would allow passengers to spend more time on shore.
The engineers are tweaking the project design to minimize the environmental impacts. The plans do look certain to involve dredging the George Town Harbour to build the $189 million cruise berthing facility. (more…)
November 5, 2015
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Cayman Airways has announced a new service from the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport to the eastern city of Holguin in Cuba.
The Cayman Brac airport has undergone an extension over the past couple years. The first stage of the project included a 6,816 square foot addition to the east end of the existing building, with a check-in area, restrooms, security room, baggage screening, enlarged departure lounge and relocated café/bar. The second stage included a 4,670 square foot addition to the west end of the existing building and a new baggage claim area.
The first flight is scheduled to leave at the end of November, Saturday 28th. The schedule will see flights leaving Cayman Brac every Saturday, and will be the first international route since the airport expanded. Cayman Airways Express will provide connecting flights to and from Grand Cayman. (more…)
October 20, 2015
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Plans for a new cruise port in George Town are going ‘full steam ahead’, according to the Cayman Island Government.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin made the announcement at the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday (30th of September).
The Cruise berthing has been the most controversial and divisive issue to face Cayman in recent years. Do the concerns over the damage to the coral reefs outweigh the many hundreds of people and families who rely on jobs created as a result of cruise tourism, and continue to rely on them for years to come ?
Eighty-five percent of tourists arrive to the islands by sea. At the moment the cruise ships must anchor offshore and taxi passengers to the shore. The new port includes docking and direct access to the shore.
Plans for a cable car style ‘Cayman’s Sky Bridge’ were proposed in August by the GreenTech Group, which would have seen passengers transported to the shore from two piers fixed to the sea bed outside the reef line. It would appear however, that the Cayman Government has dismissed that proposal for its original, more traditional one. (more…)
October 7, 2015
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On Thursday 24th of September the Cayman Government signed an agreement with developer John David Layton to construct a five-star hotel and condominium project in Beach Bay.
The project is set to start next year at St. James Point in the District of Bodden Town. Plans call for a branded hotel that includes a spa, restaurants, bars and retail space.
The developers have been talking with successive administrations for around seven years but after reaching an agreement with the government they are now ready to begin submitting planning applications.
The Cayman Government will be giving up a potential income of $25 million in concessions to ensure that the hotel and condo project gets built.
The Government believe that income for decades into the future from hotel room tax, visitor spend, duty from the sale of the condos will out weigh the duty waiver on construction material, furniture and fixtures for the construction, stamp duty, and non-consumable material for start-up of the facility. (more…)
October 2, 2015
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