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EXCLUSIVE: New Merricks construction photos
Where’s the action?
On August 15, 2012 when BFP’s photographer visited Harlequin’s Merricks construction site, there were precisely five men at the project. Five. You can see four of them in one of our photos. The fifth was operating a construction shovel.
As was the case when we visited Harlequin’s H Hotel and took photos over a period of five months, we have to ask our readers: Does Merricks look like a healthy, vibrant construction site to you? Does this look like 1,000 units ready to rock and roll?
So far it looks like Harlequin sold over 1,000 units at Merricks but the sum total of the work completed in 2012 is what you see in the photos. According to Barbados Today, this is what is happening at Merricks in 2012:
“Meanwhile, at Merricks, construction has been ongoing on the Show Village which will house one four-bed villa, one two-bed villa, one service building, and a lagoon and events gazebo to the tune of $7.5 million.”
From Barbados Today Jobs coming
Ian Bourne of Bajan Reporter took the news media tour on August 21, 2012 and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. We’d like to know how many workers were on the site when he took the tour, but also how many are on the site today! Our photos were taken during an ordinary day – Ian’s and the rest of the news media took theirs during a planned news conference. Let’s see if that made a difference.
One question we’d love to hear asked of Garrett Ronan, Harlequin’s Vice President of Hotel and Resort Development…
Is the investors’ deposit money being held in escrow pending the start of construction at Merricks… or has it been spent for something else in the Harlequin pyramid? Where is the money for the building of 1000 units going to come from?”
We don’t see any real questions at all in the local news media reporting. To be fair, Bajan Reporter hasn’t yet posted his take, but in the mainstream news media it’s all happy happy everyting goin’ fine so fine!
Yup. If memory serves, everything at Harlequin’s Merricks project has been going fine so fine since 2006 when Harlequin was promising investors they’d be moving into their units in 2008. Or was that Harlequin’s Buccament Bay project, or both? With so many Harlequin projects and so many promises, so many years of delays and so little action sometimes it’s difficult to remember what David Ames promised way back when. But then another investor puts up a YouTube video. Love YouTube!
BFP’s Invitation to Harlequin
Once again we invite Harlequin to comment upon our articles and to correct any errors. As we’ve previously done and as Harlequin has taken us up on in the past, we invite Harlequin to use BFP to publish any communication they desire, which we will publish prominently as received with no editing or accompanying comment from us. We offer BFP as a venue to Harlequin so they can directly communicate with the same people who read our Harlequin articles.
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July 6, 2012: Anti-Harlequin websites disappear