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    whoever winds up as owner of the bushiri property will have to demo the entire thing.

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    A resort, on the idea of sandals or breezes would be nice......








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    Hilton might take the Bushiri

    Translated from the dutch amigoe:

    ORANGE CITY - Whether six years Bushiri vacant hotel in Oranjestad is possible in the hands of the Hilton group. This confirms the Minister of Tourism, Labour and Transport Otmar Oduber (AVP) Amigoe this morning.

    Earlier, the minister did not tell yet who the candidates were taking over the hotel. Now he says this newspaper that the U.S. investment company Baron Investors a guarantee of three million dollars in an account is deposited, as evidence of its serious intentions to the grounds of the hotel to buy.

    Public Auction
    "If within 45 days no deal on the table, then that amount again released and we will proceed to a public auction of the hotel." The minister acknowledges that Baron Investors, despite this guarantee, including the auction may wait to share the hotel at a lower price to buy. "This is indeed an option, but the fact is that they are serious interest by seeking three million as a guarantee separately to explain." The Minister said that representatives of the Hilton hotel group three weeks ago, Aruba have visited the hotel and its premises to inspect . He also indicates that after six years vacancy actually only the land value. "All this time the building was empty and no maintenance is carried. Such property is then very rapidly. "The Government will pay one million and a half florin for the security of the building.

    Developer
    Early this year it became clear that sales to the Spanish Sol Melia group definitely never happened. They had planned at the site where the building stands Bushiri, accompanied by two additional pieces of land on either side of the hotel, a five-star hotel to be built. Trusam developer who was interested in buying the building Bushiri, also did not meet the conditions and was not to build. Even earlier, in 2005, the Aruban government actively been looking for investors in an attempt to breathe new life into the Bushiri hotel. This after a long-running negotiations with the so-called group spoke Lowenstein walked. Lowenstein claimed hereafter areas on either side of the building, including a piece of the container port. They did this even in cassation against the government, but lost. Then let Lowenstein "after consultation with the government," the claims in these areas separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffnev View Post
    As far as Bushiri, that area is really unsightly and I can't believe that anyone would develop this as long as the cargo containers are there. It's a shame because there is a lot of beachfront going unused.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I would have to agree. The only way in which that area could be used for a resort would be for the port to be moved to Baracadera.
    My personal opinion and that only, a Hilton would be wonderful, but I still stand by my previous comments.

    FWIW, Hilton did a beautiful job on their pool and man-made beach in Barbados (2005). Without the cranes and what not from the port it would be a lovely location.

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    Is the container facility still being moved (even on Aruba time schedule) or is that shelved?
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    It's supposed to be moved. But personally think it is a long time before
    that happens. They have been having problems w/ the crane in
    the container port for a while now. I don't think they have done
    anything at the 'proposed' location yet.

    There was some debate a while ago about the costs of moving it
    and the added costs for importing (everything comes in by container)
    that would be passed on to the consumer.

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    I read a couple of weeks ago the crane was fixed.

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    Are they planning (whenever they get to it) still on Saveneta? I thought that's what I heard. Hope not anywhere near Mangel Halto - that's one of our favorite snorkeling spots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dividivi View Post
    Are they planning (whenever they get to it) still on Saveneta? I thought that's what I heard. Hope not anywhere near Mangel Halto - that's one of our favorite snorkeling spots!
    Barcadera is where is was slated to be moved to.
    I highly doubt you would ever see any changes to Mangel Halto with renewed interest in preserving the mangroves and conservation in general

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    "No commercial development for harbor Oranjestad
    13 Aug, 2010, 12:20 (GMT -04:00) http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_76621.php

    ORANJESTAD — The government does not want any further commercial development of the harbor in Oranjestad. In this, it discards the plans from the previous government who wanted to build a new hotel, apartments and shopping centers on the terrain that would become available due to the container harbor moving to Barcadera.

    Premier Mike Eman stated yesterday that the availability of the terrain later on should especially become a recreation area for both the local population and tourists. Implementation of the plans from the previous government would have been profusion, he says. “Once the containers have been removed, we will have an unobstructed view of the sea again. That’s the way it should be from now on, instead of driving on the Boulevard with the feeling one is traveling through a concrete jungle. One already has that slight feeling and we must not continue in that direction.” Eman states that the plans, as previously indicated by the Minister of Infrastructure, for parks, squares as well as a kind of ‘natural pool’ in the harbor of Oranjestad should have preference. According to the Premier, this also prevents the existing shopping centers and the main shopping street Caya Betico Croes from being under pressure. A new commercial centre in the harbor, according to Eman, would namely lead to unfair competition. “It would work like some kind of net for cruise tourists, while we just started enlivening our main shopping street as well.” Another point to abandon commercialization of the harbor in Oranjestad, regards the strategic function this has for our island, says Eman. He namely wants the harbor terrain to remain in the hands of the government and not grant them to third (commercial) parties. This was the intention of the previous government – to dissatisfaction also of the management of the harbor authority APA.

    Financing
    The decision to develop the harbor of Oranjestad further in a different manner is one of the decisions the government had agreed upon with harbor authority APA this week. Another decision is that the plan to move the container harbor to Barcadera will definitely go through. It regards an investment of slightly over 100 million florins for a two-year period to be financed by both the government and the private sector. The coming months will be used to realize this financing. APA will also negotiate with stevedore Astec again. If the discussions are positive, its possible there will be no public contract for a new operator of the container harbor, but that Astec will become such. The plan for the new container harbor also mentions taking into account the construction of the four-lane motorway and ring road. Eman: “Developing a container harbor in Barcadera without infrastructure that can handle traffic to Oranjestad and the hotels, will be very difficult. APA promised it would gear this with the Infra-team and DOW.”

    APA-director Alfonso Boekhoudt was also pleased yesterday with the outcome of the discussions with the government. “The government is now prepared to create pre-conditions in order to realize the move to Barcadera so that the project becomes feasible financially and be implemented organizationally. We therefore now feel very comfortable with the move as well as the further development of the container harbor.” APA will start working on the plans for the harbor of Oranjestad again after the move, says Boekhoudt."

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