Construction permit for Marriott Hotel hinges on EIA review
December 1, 2008 | By knews
...board review 12 days and counting, no pronouncement as yet
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, which must be conducted
before Adam Development/Urbahn Associates (ADUA) could commence the
construction of the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, has been
The permit required for construction had to await a further 60-day public
scrutiny period, which ended on November 19, at which time the Environment
Assessment Board commenced addressing the EIA to determine whether it (the
permit) will be issued to ADUA.
An artist's impression of what the new Marriot Hotel is expected to look
The board has been reviewing this data for the last 12 days, and to date
there has been no definitive pronouncement on whether the permit has been
issued or denied.
The document was available at the institution's website: www.epaguyana.org
Upon receipt of the permit, a sod-turning ceremony is expected, and the
investors are expected to be announced.
Last April, ADUA presented its design plans and drawings of the hotel to all
key stakeholders, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Mayor and
City Council (MCC), Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), the Sea
Defense Board, and the Government.
On May 16 last, the EPA held a scope meeting to determine the terms of
reference for the EIA being completed by Environmental Management
In June, the terms of reference were approved by the EPA and posted on the
Last August, the ADUA, through its Environmental Consultants, presented the
draft EIA to the EPA for review, approval and issuance of a permit.
The financial closing will be consummated in Guyana via its Guyanese
subsidiary, which will be executing the project on behalf of ADUA. At the
sod-turning ceremony, the financiers will be announced.
In May, ADUA, under contract from the Government of Guyana and GWI,
constructed new sewerage pipes to allow the site to be cleared for
construction. The Kingston well was also relocated.
Additionally, in May, ADUA, at its own cost, completed initial clearing and
demolition of buildings, including the former Luckhoo Pool.