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The country's most
Natrust CEO Alfred Galy is still not
sure what he will do with the landmark
Greyfriars Church of Scotland, which he
has purchased for an undisclosed amount.
"We are trying to get an interest in it
and we are not sure what we will do with
it as yet," he told the T&T Guardian yes-
The building, which is an historical land-
mark on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain,
dates back to the 1800s.
When asked about a real-estate agency
that had listed the property on its Web
site as being up for sale for $30 million,
Galy said that was "an error."
The ad suggested that the church could
be restored or demolished and replaced
with a modern building.
"We are not selling it now, but we are
looking for feedback from the public as to
what to do with it. No one has approached
us on that as yet," Galy said.
The church was briefly surveyed last
year, but it has been eight years since the
whole building was thoroughly evaluat-
ed.Last month, Galy told the Guardian it
would take $10-$20 million to restore it,
and if the Government wanted to offer
financial assistance for restoration, he
would be open to that.
As to what the building might be used
for if it was restored, he said, "A business
maybe, I don't know. We have a lot of
ideas we are kicking around still. But it's
not going to be cheap."
Last month, Galy told the Guardian that
he paid the "market price" for it and could
also see himself developing it into apart-
ments, retaining the original structure.
"Port-of-Spain needs to bring more people
in," he pointed out.
In a press statement in August, the
National Trust said: "Prior to its sale the
National Trust through its member and
technical adviser, the Historical Restoration
Unit, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure,
advised the Town and Country Planning
Division as to how this property should
be managed as one of our built heritage
monuments, in keeping with conservation
Online ad listing Greyfriars sale an error
New owner still weighing options
WHAT THE AD SAYS
The ad posted online by Earth Real Estate Ltd on
August 25 reads:
"SALE FREEHOLD! WOW A building with amazing
history! Built in 1837 opposite to Woodford Square is
an empty building formerly used as Greyfriars
Church also known as Church of Scotland: this
location has great potential!
"You could restore the present beautiful structure
into something a bit more magnificent or
unfortunately demolish and rebuild a modern office
building or shopping centre.
"To save you the headache of construction, the
owner could develop the property in accordance to
your specs and lease the building to you."
San Fernando game wardens yesterday
captured a seven-foot-long caiman in a
family s yard after it bit a guard dog on
The female caiman, which appeared to
be pregnant, was captured in Marabella
shortly after Dinesh Mahabir, 32, alerted
game wardens that the reptile was in his
enclosed garden at Park Lane, Gopaul
Mahabir told the T&T Guardian that
around 1.30 am he was awakened by his
dogs barking loudly in an area of his garden,
which was surrounded by a concrete and
"I went outside and went by the dogs.
I flashed the light and saw two eyes glit-
tering in the garden and realise it was a
caiman. I pull away the dogs and lock them
up. I saw one of the dogs, Sparky, with a
cut on his face. The caiman bite him on
his face," Mahabir said.
"I was not scared, but I wish I had seen
it sooner so I could have prevented it from
hurting my dog."
He said Sparky, a mixed German Shep-
herd, was doing well after his encounter
with the caiman, but said he would have
to take the dog to the vet to get treatment
on the wound the caiman caused.
Mahabir said it was the first time his
family had encountered a caiman on their
When the T&T Guardian arrived at
Mahabir's home at 10 am, game wardens
Steve Seepersad, Bisham Madhu and Jere-
my Dindial, together with honourary war-
dens Darius Balgobin and Rennie Loknath,
were on the scene.
Dindial, Balgobin, Madhu and Loknath
entered the garden and cornered the caiman
against a wall. Using a catching pole with
a rope at the end, Dindial hooked the jaw
of the caiman, which began hissing loudly
and struggling wildly as he pulled it into
a clearing in the garden.
Balgobin then put a piece of cloth over
its face and jumped onto the animal's back
to tie its mouth and legs.
The animal began thrashing about and
flipping its tail from side to side but Bal-
gobin, who is also director of the Reptile
Conservation Centre, grabbed its jaw and
tied its mouth shut with black tape. He
also tied its legs as well. He then lifted the
reptile and put it in the back of a Ministry
of the Environment pickup.
Seepersad said the caiman will be taken
to the Godineau River, Oropouche, where
it will be released into the wild. He said
the caiman may have been washed into
the area after Tuesday's heavy rains in
South Trinidad and crawled onto Mahabir's
property from the drain.
7-foot caiman attacks
south family's dog
Game warden Darius Balgobin removes a pregnant
caiman which was found in the garden of the Mahabir
family in Marabella yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SIVA
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