The first phase of Walker’s Cay’s redevelopment will begin in the first quarter of 2019, a press release from the family behind the redevelopment revealed.
The island’s new owners, Carl and Gigi Allen, announced that the direct and indirect hiring of Bahamians to begin the first phase of redevelopment will begin next year.
“This is another step forward and step closer to the day we will reopen Walker’s and return it to its former glory. While in some aspects we’re still in the planning phase, we continue to move quickly on all fronts,” Carl Allen stated.
“Gigi and I are so pleased to be able to announce we’ve started the clean-up and planning required to move forward. This next phase will include hiring directly and indirectly dozens of Bahamians. They will join in the efforts already underway that focus on prepping the island for many of the important, upcoming projects.”
Walker’s Cay, The Bahamas’ most northerly island, was sold in May and earmarked for development.
Carl Allen and his family have reportedly had a “lifelong love affair” with Walker’s Cay.
“The Bahamas has been like a second home to me for most of my life. One of my very first memories of The Bahamas was coming to Walker’s when I was 12,” said Allen back in May.
Walker’s Cay was once one of the premiere sports fishing destinations in the world. After damage from successive hurricanes, it was closed to the public in 2005.
Now, the Allens plan to bring the island back to its former glory.
The press release explained that the first phase of redevelopment will begin with restoring the island’s church.
“The historic and beloved church is a well-known site to past visitors and will serve as a welcome destination for future travellers,” the release notes.
Allen said the first quarter start of the redevelopment will include clearing the island of trash and cleaning up derelict buildings. He said it will be the beginning of “a long-term partnership Walker’s will have with Bahamians, one that helps to create secure jobs”.