Camana Bay and the nearby surroundings continue to be a beehive of activity for Dart’s development team. Here’s the latest update on some of the projects under way.
ESTERLEY TIBBETTS HIGHWAY
In partnership with the National Roads Authority, Dart Real Estate’s development team continues work on the south side of the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway between the Camana Bay South and Butterfield Bank roundabouts. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
The Camana Bay North Roundabout (previously known as the Century 21 or Galleria Roundabout) is planned to receive a makeover later this year to mimic the look of Camana Bay’s other roundabouts with new landscaping, stone walls and signage.
The Forum Lane and Nexus Way entrances into Camana Bay off the Esterley Tibbetts Highway have both had temporary closures in recent months. These road closures have been necessary to facilitate the installation of chilled water pipes, which are used in cooling Camana Bay’s buildings, along Emeritus Drive. Once this is complete, the road will be repaved and then reopened, with mid-summer this year as the target date.
The high-density polyethylene pipes being installed can move between 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of chilled water per minute. More than two million gallons of chilled water is pumped daily throughout Camana Bay.
EMERITUS PARKING LOTS
Two new surface parking lots opened in March on either side of the Rise, which is the pedestrian walkway that connects the Camana Bay Town Centre with West Bay Road and Seven Mile Beach by passing over the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Solaris Avenue acts as a temporary access to these lots until Emeritus Drive reopens.
These lots add more than 300 additional parking spots that allow tenants and visitors to walk right into the heart of the Town Centre via the Paseo.
MARIS AVENUE BRIDGE
Asphalt along the Maris Avenue Bridge has been laid, lighting has been installed and stonework is being applied under and around the bridge. Handrails will be installed next. Once complete, the bridge will provide access to the Festival Green for special events and future development in Camana Bay.
Works are also taking place for the relocation of the Maris Avenue entrance into Camana Bay from the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. The new entrance will align with the bridge when completed.
All boulders and rocks used on walls at Camana Bay, including those used under the bridge, are quarried locally.
FOSTER’S FOOD FAIR
Construction of a new supermarket in the northern part of Camana Bay is under way. Dart’s development team laid the foundation in April for the planned 60,000-square-foot store. It was announced last year that Foster’s Food Fair would occupy this new building, making it its largest location and Camana Bay’s first superstore. Visitors will enjoy an abundance of natural light, a dining area within the store and outdoor seating. The opening of this supermarket is slated for late 2019 and is located along a new pedestrian boulevard between Solaris Avenue and Bismarckia Way.
The proposed parking structure adjacent to the future Foster’s Food Fair has been reconfigured to a surface parking lot to make it more convenient for shoppers. The landscaped footpaths to the building will feature large canopies, giving protection from sun and rain.
WEST BAY ROAD UNDERPASS
The Central Planning Authority recently approved Dart Real Estate’s new application to extend the West Bay Road underpass an additional 170 feet. Once complete, the underpass will have two traffic lanes, interior pedestrian paths and visual art on display. Construction is expected to continue through the spring.
A new sewage lift station had to be constructed to allow for these works. Digging 30 feet deep, Dart’s civil engineering team had to pump water out of the ground at a rate of 15,500 gallons per minute.