One year after Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris boasted of the start of construction of two major projects- the Ritz Carlton and the Six Sense Luxury Hotel- there is no word yet as to when work will be begin on the projects.
Government has remained mum in relation to both projects.
There appears to be significant delays with the construction of the Ramada Hotel as well.
There are reports surfacing that the Six Sense Luxury Hotel project for St. Kitts and Nevis has been abandoned and Grenada is now the new projected island for its development.
According to a CMC report, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Mitchell on Tuesday announced that the Dubai-based Range Development is to undertake two new hotel projects in Grenada estimated at US$130 million.
“We are extremely delighted to welcome such an experienced hospitality developer to Grenada. Range Developments is well known for the high quality of its hotels and for the ability to deliver results in our region,” Mitchell told reporters following the weekly Cabinet meeting in St George’s.
During a press conference on February 1, 2018, Prime Minister Harris announced that construction of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel will begin in September 2018 and open in 2021 on the Southeast Peninsula.
Dr Harris said the 125-suite resort will include 25 branded villas and residences, as well as a luxury spa, several swimming pools and indoor and outdoor dining facilities.
“The Ritz-Carlton Resort will create over 300 new jobs when construction starts – and they expect to start later on this year in 2018,” PM Harris said at a press conference.
Then on March 4, 2018, Prime Minister Harris at a signing ceremony announced that Six Senses will begin construction of the five-star resorts at La Vallee in September 2018 providing more than 500 jobs to residents of Sandy Point, Fig Tree, La Valle and surrounding areas.
But for months now, Dr Harris and his ministers have been silent on the Ritz-Carlton and Six Senses projects and nothing is happening at both sites.
Local proprietors who were ordered to remove their booths from the public beach at South Friar’s Bay are still there and the land Dr Harris said the Ritz-Carlton will be built on remains in the control of the owner and has not changed hands.