It is a situation that is unheard of in Belize City but reports are that the Belize City Council is considering an offer to sell one of the city’s streets. Up to tonight it is merely a matter on the table. The story came to light when the Golanche family, who lives near the Belize Family Life Association just off Coney Drive expressed concerns that the street they helped to create is now being sold by the Belize City Council. Karen Golanche believes that this is being done so that a parking lot can be created for and by Heritage Bank. She is concerned since the route was her quickest way to exit from her home. Golanche explained that while she is fervently against the blockage of the street, she believes it is a done deal between the bank and CitCo.
Karen Golache, Concerned Resident: “The Mayor Mr.Berard Wagner wants to sell the street to the newly built Heritage Bank which is by my property and other people in that area use that street and I think it is selfish, it is foolishness and it is greed for selling that street okay ? I have a husband who has a disability he’ a diabetic and that’s our easiest access to that street if at any time he needs to be rushed the hospital or an ambulance needs to come by my house or like that you know ? Also it will end up devaluating my property and if also there is a fire at BFLA or at the call center that is there or at the Habet building the best access will be to come through that street behind the library and in front of the bank and also if there’s a fire at the Heritage Bank or at the library then the easiest way out will be there by BFLA. So I don’t know exactly what the mayor is thinking you know ? I have called the Mayor’s office over thirty two times to try and get an audience with the mayor.”
Love News reached out to Mayor Bernard Wagner to get some answers. Mayor Wagner responded saying that the City Council is not in the business of selling streets. He clarified that Heritage Bank has simply made a proposal which is yet to be approved by the council. The Mayor added that the Council will be hearing Golache’s concerns before any decision is made.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We have a meeting, my technical team, the city engineer with the planner have a meeting tomorrow with one of the resident in the area I believe that’s the same person who called in this morning to allay her fears in respect to some of the allegations being made that the City Council sell the street and all that is put out the hog wash. Our technical team as well has a meeting this coming Thursday where they will go through some of the recommendations that has been put forward by Heritage Bank and the engineering group but in a nutshell the area there’s five proposed points that they’re looking at. The first one is to provide some additional parking spaces along Mercy Lane right by where the new bank building is supposed to be so they want to include and extend some of the existing concrete drains so they will do some concrete drains to connect the main drain to Princess Margaret Drive – this is all being done from the bank side funding the entire project. They also want to do construction of additional sidewalks along the Nurse Lane boundary and they want to do and improvement to the section of Golanche Street along the new headquarters building which will provide some additional parking spaces because as you know right now where Heritage Bank sits there’s a total disruption of traffic throughout each and everyday particularly when school opens with the Belize Elementary School there, the Nazarene School and all that heavy traffic and people wanting to access the bank so they’re looking at add some additional parking spaces.”
According to Mayor Wagner, it is important that there is progress in the form of infrastructural upgrades in the city. We will continue to follow this story.