BAMSI looking to move from East Bay site

Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) Chairman Tennyson Wells said yesterday that after two reported fires the board of directors is looking to move its distribution center from the “condemned” building on East Bay Street.

“That place is condemned,” Wells said.

“I’m looking for a place to move that to. It lacks parking. It was a mistake to put it there in the first place.”

He added, “We should close that down.”

On June 6, a fire broke out on the third of floor of center.

On July 19, police reported another fire at the location.

Speaking about the incidents, Wells said, “That building has been condemned by the government even before they opened that distribution center there about four years ago. That has been condemned and police said there are electrical shortages.”

Asked if employees are still working at the location, the chairman said, “There are some employees in the front and that portion wasn’t affected by the fire but we need to get out of there.

“I spoke to the [permanent secretary] yesterday and told her that we need to move from there because [of the] two fires and the building [being] condemned. I don’t know why they went there in the first place.”

Wells said BAMSI has not found a new location for the distribution center.

“I’ve called a couple real estate agents and I told the board of directors to look around and find a good location where we have sufficient parking,” he said.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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