Bunbury hopes to break land in September for US$215M facility in Ituni

first_imgALEX Bunbury, the Guyanese-born Canadian football Hall of Fame player, is happy that his dream project – a sports and academic academy – is closer to being realised.Bunbury told Chronicle Sport last evening he’s hoping to break ground for the US$215M facility in September, as he awaits approval from the Government of Guyana.The 49-year-old, who rose to fame with Club Sport Marítimo; a professional club that competes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, explained “not a dime of Government’s money will be spent on this project, but there are other areas that we asked to partner with them, so we’re awaiting its approval in Parliament.”.Ituni, a small community located on the long trail from Linden to Kwakwani in Region 10, is the location designated to host the Alex Bunbury Sports and Academics Academy (ABSAA).Baker Barrios Architects Inc., an Orlando-based architecture and engineering group conceptualised the design for the project.Bunbury said that the facility will be fully funded by a Canadian investment firm, but could not have disclosed further information, based on a ‘non- discloser agreement’ with the anonymous entity.However, the Plaisance native believes that the facility, with all things being equal, should be fully realised by 2020.“This will be huge for Guyana,” Bunbury said, adding, “I’m excited, this is a dream come true, for Guyana really, because this is about creating hope for young people there (in Guyana), and this also have huge tourism potential.”Bunbury is well connected and respected within the football landscape internationally, especially in Portugal where he holds his former club’s all-time leading goal-scoring record.“The idea is to have the facility also used by teams from all over the world and could potentially bring about 15 000 to 20 000 people here annually based on my projections. The project will also create employment,” said Bunbury.last_img read more

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Alpena County Road Commission Approves Speed Limit Changes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena County Road Commission approved a speed limit change on two parts of Long Rapids Road. According to Managing Director, Larry Orcutt, the speed limit will now be 45 miles per hour on Long Rapids Road from Genschaw Road to Bernice Lane.Orcutt also revealed that Bernice Lane to Dietz Road would change from 50 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour. Orcutt said the speed limit change was a result of traffic studies that were long over due.“The roads that have speed limit restrictions on them in our area have not been evaluated for many years and some of the traffic controllers are actually issued in the 70s. So what we’ve done is do traffic studies to determine what the appropriate speed limit should be on these routes,” he explained.The evaluation to determine the speed of what drivers are traveling is done using traffic counters and data collected from the Michigan State Police. The final outcome is based off of what 85% of travelers drive and what is safe for that route.“The whole basis of appropriately setting speed limits is based on the promise that 85% of the people drive for what’s reasonably safe for that route. It’s called the 85th percentile. On Long Rapids Road those speeds are higher than the existing speed limits already, so that does justify to bump them up,” Orcutt added.The changes in the speed limit went into effect on Tuesday, march 7th. Orcutt said upgrades to the speed limit signs will be changed sometime soon.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Road Commission, Long Rapids Road, Speed LimitContinue ReadingPrevious Kindergarten Roundup Sessions Being Held at Alcona Community SchoolsNext High Speed Winds Cause Damage And Power Outages Across NE Michiganlast_img read more

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