The lease, which is one of several being done, is to facilitate the temporary relocation of all government offices from the Ralph T O’Neal Administration Building so the said building can undergo rehabilitation works.
However, Opposition legislator and former Works Minister Mark Vanterpool said that the decision to vacate the building completely should have never been made.
With administration building comprising three separate wings (east, west, central), Vanterpool argued that repairs to the complex could have been done in stages.
“As I knew it in the plans before, the repairs of the complex were going to be designed to repair one wing at a time so the rest of the tenants in the complex wouldn’t have to move,” Vanterpool stated.
“It is big enough that works can happen on the west wing for example – which is mostly unoccupied as BVI Health Services was there before – and fix that wing and then move to the east wing and then the central wing,” he further explained.
He argued that it would have saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars if the government took the approach to repair the complex a wing at a time.
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