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Cayman Islands Government

Minister Checks Construction

Minister of Community Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP (left) discusses West Bay Golden Age Home with PWD Project Manager Michael Payne (right). Also pictured is the ministry's Acting Chief Officer Leonard Dilbert.

Minister of Community Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP, visited the West Bay Golden Age Home to view the expansion works firsthand.

He was accompanied by West Bay MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks; the ministry's Acting Chief Officer Leonard Dilbert, Deputy Chief Officer Perry Powell, and Senior Policy Advisor Troy Jacobs; Public Works Department's Project Manager Michael Payne; PWD Draftsman Garth Knight; and Policy Officer Miguel Jacques.

Mr. Adam said his visit, on 2 July, was in order to get a status report on the project. The home was set up originally under Hon. McKeeva Bush, now Leader of Government Business. The Government is fully behind the project, he said.

Minister Adam noted that the contractor's current estimate is for the work to be completed at the end of this month, but he has asked for this to be reviewed, in view of current observations. He added that the ministry will continue to monitor progress to ensure completion as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

The Golden Age Home is being expanded in order to accommodate 21 residents, instead of the previous 10. The current residents are now housed at a temporary location in West Bay, until the construction and renovation project is completed.

The works include creating a shaded back patio and covered front verandah.

When completed, the home will measure 7953 Sq ft. and have eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens and a day care area for the seniors.

"The project managers are aware of the urgency of early completion," Mr. Adam said, adding that the home will go a long way toward enhancing care for Cayman's senior citizens. Amongst a host of other improvements, the Home will be the first seniors' residential facility in the Islands to be built to hurricane shelter specifications, so in the event of storm conditions, residents will not have to experience the trauma of evacuation.

It will also have a state-of-the art fire suppression system, and its own back-up generator.

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