Downtown Port-of-Spain will have one less building when the work-week resumes after the Easter holidays.
Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis, has announced that demolition of the old Central Statistical Building, located at 80 Independence Square will begin on Friday March 30th.
The Port of Spain City Corporation has issued a city demolition permit for the building.
For environmental considerations, the Ministry says dust barriers and dense fabric barriers will be used to contain the dust and minimize the discomfort to pedestrians, motorists and occupants and users of surrounding buildings in the city.
Additionally, the area will be periodically watered to act as a containment measure.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be conducting traffic management and control for the duration of the project.
On instructions from the TTPS, the following traffic plan will be in effect from Friday 30th March to Monday 02nd April 2018:
- Vehicular access from Wrightson Road onto Independence Square north will be denied.
- Vehicular access along Richmond Street will be detoured west at Queen Street.
- There will be no vehicular access onto Edward Street from Independence Square south.
- The restrictions will be removed at midnight on Monday 02nd April 2018.
On May 29th, 2013 the Ministry of Planning and Development received a prohibition notice from the Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency (OSHA) prohibiting occupancy of the building.
The Ministry says it immediately complied and new arrangements were sought for staff of the CSO.
During this time, specific processes had to be observed at the guidance of OSHA to enter the building to vacate the premises of equipment, files and documents.
By July 2013, the majority of staff was relocated to the Park and Pembroke Street offices of the CSO.
The Ministry of Planning says it actively collaborated with the staff, the Union representatives and other stakeholders such as the OSHA and the Property Management Division to safeguard that all processes were followed for the maximum comfort of the staff and the best conditions to allow the CSO to continue its core functions.
On Friday 31st July, 2015 the majority of the CSO staff officially moved into a new building on 47 Frederick Street in Port of Street.