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    Commercial development Oranjestad

    What happened with the large commercial/residential building located next to the cruise ship pier? I remember it opened and there were some retail stores in there and then it has been empty ever since then. I haven't been down since last spring and I think it was still empty at that point.

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    i have heard different stories re: permits, structural integrity and poor economy.



    we did note however, that in november, the few retail stores on the first floor were not open the couple of times we drove by, but they did not look like they were out of business.

    how many of us see that building and shake our heads and wonder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    What happened with the large commercial/residential building located next to the cruise ship pier? I remember it opened and there were some retail stores in there and then it has been empty ever since then. I haven't been down since last spring and I think it was still empty at that point.

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    it is an eye sore...hopefully it will be revived

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    I think it was originally supposed to be apartments or condos but there were major problems with the structure. I also seem to remember there was a lot of opposition to it but some political favors allowed it to be built. Maybe Charles can shed some light.

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    In Sept we were told that it had recently been sold to a developer and plans were in preparation. We were having lunch at a restaurant acroos from it and there were workmen stripping some facings off the building. In a similar question. Does anyone know if Nobles Jewellers has re-opened. The tax department shut them down due to some alleged irregularities in Sept and the windows were all papered over. Has the situation been resolved ?

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    was that jeweler located in that building?
    if not, maybe a separate thread in the shopping section would be the appropriate place for that question.
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    In Sept we were told that it had recently been sold to a developer and plans were in preparation. We were having lunch at a restaurant acroos from it and there were workmen stripping some facings off the building. In a similar question. Does anyone know if Nobles Jewellers has re-opened. The tax department shut them down due to some alleged irregularities in Sept and the windows were all papered over. Has the situation been resolved ?

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