Briland Club’s marina buildings contract to be awarded next week
HARBOUR ISLAND, Eleuthera – The developers of the Briland Club Residences and Marina on Harbour Island plan to award contracts to construct the project’s marina buildings to a Harbour Island-based contractor next week, Guardian Business was told yesterday.
The $3.5 million contract is expected to employ 45 locals throughout the life of the marina building build-out.
Michael Weiner, principal of developers 4M Harbour Island Ltd., said four bids have come in and one of them will be awarded the contract.
He added that officials from various government agencies, including the Bahamas Investment Authority, visited the development last Friday to ensure that the scope of work on the project was on par with the documents that were approved by the government. He said those officials left satisfied.
Besides minor tweaks to the dock structure itself, which includes improvements to the dexterity of the structure and the inclusion of more mangroves – all of which have been brought to the attention of the government – not much else has changed with regard to the dock.
Guardian Business visited the project site yesterday and got a look at the plans and the dock itself, which appear to be consistent with what was presented by 4M last year when the project was announced.
When the contract is awarded to the Harbour Island contractor, work is expected to begin on the building facilities by June 1.
The dock structure and the building facilities are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The marina village portion of the project, which will include the construction of a lighthouse and the restoration of the iconic Haunted House, is expected to begin some time before the completion of the dock and building facilities.
Weiner said he saw an opportunity to create a world class facility on Harbour Island.
“We knew we really liked this place,” he said. “We fell in love with the people. There is a culture of people who are friendly, want to have a good time and not worry about all the stress in the world, which is exactly what appealed to us.
“The more time I spent here the more I realized there was a great opportunity to do something fun, make money and contribute to the evolution of this island.”
And while there have been rumors about how an extra 21 acres acquired by 4M will be developed, there are plans to extend the development’s 83-unit residential component. While a canal and over water bungalows are being studied, they are not on the table at the monument. Weiner added that an environmental impact assessment is being done to explore if the canal and over water bungalows are feasible.
The developer hopes to have 100 percent Bahamian employment at the property when it is complete, though the heads of agreement only calls for 70 percent.
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