Planning application submitted to extend life of visitor centre
A planning application to extend operations at the Hamilton Visitor Services Centre on Front Street has been submitted to the Department of Planning.
The application was formally put forward on December 23, but few details are included in the application at this stage.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority received permission to erect the building — formerly the Artemis Racing America’s Cup guest pavilion — at 10 Front Street in November 2017.
However, the permission was limited to five years from the date that a building permit was issued, which meant that the structure would need to be removed by February 16, 2023.
Tracy Berkeley, the BTA’s interim chief executive, said in October that the authority was in the process of extending the permit “with the objective of continuing to assist our visitors from the convenient location on Front Street”.
She added: “Since its inception in April 2019, the Hamilton VSC has had over 122,000 visitors in the location and served as host to numerous events for tourism stakeholders, such as craft markets, information sessions and rum tastings.
“This space has also become home to The Birdcage, a favourite among locals and tourists, and serves as the only bar on the Hamilton harbour.”