Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells said the government is on track for the General Post Office to relocate from East Hill Street to the Town Centre Mall in early January.
“We’re on track for early January,” Wells said.
“The post office is on its way. We’ve done a yeoman’s task to try and get it done and at the end of the day the public servants who work in the post office [are] most appreciative of the government of The Bahamas for finally making the decision to put them into the correct working surroundings.”
The government recently passed a controversial resolution to lease space in the Town Centre Mall to house the General Post Office.
Immigration Minister Brent Symonette and his brother are the principal owners of the mall.
The government intends to lease 75,000 square feet of space for the “concessionary” rate of $12 per square foot or $900,000 a year. The landlords will bear the $3.5 million cost of renovating the building.
Earlier this month, Wells said the entire move will take place by January 1.
“That is my outside time frame now for the entire move to take place by January 1,” Wells said.
He added: “We’re looking to at least move the post office bank into the [Town Centre Mall] before Christmas. I know we’d put the deadline for the entire move, but given the desires and the needs of what the post office requires in order to function properly we’ve had to relook at the design for the post office.”
In November 2017, employees of the General Post Office held a protest outside the building on East Street.
They took issue with the conditions at the post office including mold and poor ventilation, which they claimed was the result of a malfunctioning air-conditioning system.