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No worry over Limegrove

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FLOODING in Holetown, St James would not affect the viability of the US$50 million Limegrove Lifestyle Centre which is scheduled to open December 15.
Developer Paul Altman was optimistic about the west coast project’s appeal, saying inquiries were being received for the remaining four of the 100 shops.
Altman said he did not have any regrets with the location of the project, adding that he “never had any regrets in his life” and preferred to deal with solving problems.
Prone to flooding
Holetown, home to several popular tourist resorts, is prone to flooding during heavy rain fall, and yesterday was no different as the island experienced unsettled conditions associated with a broad area of low pressure over the Eastern Caribbean.
Reports said inspite of some flooding at West Mall and the police station, the area held up well.
Altman said that given the flooding at Sunset Crest and the station, there might have to be some more preventative work done in Holetown, while acknowledging that flooding was a problem all along the west coast.
“Holetown traditionally has been one of the weaker links in the west coast when it comes to flooding. What we have done [is] we have put in (major drainage) there which has helped a lot,” he added.
“We are still in a construction mode and if you walk along that site you will see that there is a lot of debris – garbage – and all of that has washed down into some of our drainage areas and we had some blockages, but we still did not have a problem.  
“We have a lot more things that would mostly help all of Holetown. We are not finished yet but we are extremely happy with what we have seen so far. There are a few modifications to a few things because I went with the engineers and the architects with a full team [yesterday] to reassess our situation.”
Last June, when Altman spoke about flood reduction in Holetown, he said Limegrove had incorporated a concrete canal that was eight times the capacity of the previous infrastructure in the area.
“We believe that what we had done has not only taken care of issues for Limegrove, but for Holetown in general,” Atman said. (JS)