Lot 3 on the Roseau Cathedral renovation project, which costs about $1.3-million is said to be nearing completion and the Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau,, Gabriel Malzaire is soliciting assistance from the public in financing Lot 4 which slated to cost some $2-million.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Bishop Malzaire said just over half of the funds needed for the entire project have been raised so far.
“To date the diocese has raised a total of $4.3-million towards this project, a project which is approximately $8 million,” he said. “So we have just passed the half way mark in terms of fund raising.”
The bishop mentioned that to date the diocese has spent $2.3-million and it has committed itself to $1.3 million for Lot 3 and has a balance of about $669,000 to move on to Lot 4.
He said Lot 4 will involve the ordering of the steel materials to build the roof and the roofing materials which we will need about $2 -million to complete.
“So as you can see that we have some ways to go in terms of fund raising,” Bishop Malzaire noted. “So part of the reason for this presentation also is to help us understand that our fundraising process is not complete. So I am encouraging those who will be hearing the news, or those who will be hearing this presentation, to be aware, we still have some ways to go in terms of our fundraising efforts.”
When asked whether the Government has contributed to the project he responded that it has not but the diocese is hoping that this will come sometime soon.
He also mentioned that Rome has contributed to the ongoing project as well.
Meanwhile Managing Director of Jars Sales and Services, the company contracted to complete the present phase of the construction, Steve Astaphan said they are about 75 percent of foundation works of the projects has been completed..
“Generally what have been done so far is that we have demolished the chamber room frame that was remaining …there are arches that have to be taken down, that have to be demolished,” he said. “And then you have to recommence doing the foundation work, in order to get these arches and the structural frame, the concrete structural frame done to construct the new roof.”