It was revealed in February that the government had issued orders of demolition for nine buildings east of East Street in downtown Nassau. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, the Hon. Chester Cooper updated reporters on the demolition of these buildings on Tuesday.

Cooper said, “some of the buildings have been designated as historical buildings we’re working through this process with AMMC. Its typically a thirty day notice period. After this notice period has past we’ll make another assessment in terms of which buildings will be demolished and then we’ll go from there. There other buildings that have not been included in that nine that we’re looking at as well. We’re committed to the restoration of Bay Street. We’re going to do what we have to do to ensure that the buildings that’s not historical buildings, the buildings where the owners and the stakeholders show no interest in restoration that we are going to have those demolished.” As to the cost of any demolitions the minister said it will become part of a lien on the properties.