Sub-contractors attached to the Rose Hall Hotel improvement site in Montego Bay are concerned about the over US$2 million that they say is owed to them, which is affecting their daily operations. One of the sub-contractors who spoke to the Jamaica Observer and said that he was representing the views of the others, bemoaned that neither the United States-based company that contracted them, or the hotel — appeared ready to have the matter settled.
Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui
DCK Building Solutions Jamaica Ltd of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania was given the US$53-million contract to build cottages on the Half Moon Hotel property, but the company’s contract was terminated last December and only weeks ago it was ordered to leave the project by Half Moon and officials are said to have already left the island without the debt to the sub-contractors being settled.
The situation has not only affected the cash flow of the sub-contractors, but hardwares, truckers, quarries and others are also owed money
The hotel improvement project, which started construction in June 2017, was still on hold when the Sunday Observer checked last week
“The contractors have apparently left the country without settling their obligations and when we speak to the hotel executives they say they are not to be held responsible,” one sub-contractor said. “But the hotel has to accept responsibility and we have written to them to state that
“In the meantime, we will not allow anyone else to go back on the site until this matter is settled,” the sub-contractor said
“The contractor had been paying us on and off since last November. But no money has been collected from December,” the sub-contractor went on
Local consultant at IBEC (International Built Environment Consultants), Paul Burke, told the Sunday Observer yesterday: “I don’t know when they will be paid, but the matter is being looked at by Half Moon‘s lawyers.”
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