News at Dart

Making a home for youth with special needs

Maple House has served for decades as the Cayman Islands’ only residential facility for children and young adults with special needs. Now, the addition of a second location at a recently refurbished home in Bodden Town will enable the Ministry of Community Affairs to expand services for disabled children in need of care and protection, and accommodate the separation of younger children from young adults.

Dart donated materials and services to transform the property’s outdoor areas with wheelchair-accessible pathways and landscaping, and a team of Dart volunteers dedicated an afternoon to putting the finishing touches on the outdoor spaces for the home’s current residents to enjoy.

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Repurposing materials in construction

One project’s trash could be another project’s treasure.

This adapted proverb encapsulates how construction materials can be repurposed instead of going to the trash.

As a developer and landlord, Dart often finds itself in the position to be able to repurpose surplus and lightly used materials from previous construction projects, or items left behind by relocated tenants. These materials range from furniture, art and appliances to various construction materials such as tiles, panels and doors.

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Donated office space helps ARK meet commuity needs

When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses across the Cayman Islands, local non-profit organisations swiftly stepped in to ensure no one went without food, shelter or utilities.

While many in our community are now enjoying a renewed sense of normalcy, Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness founder Tara Nielsen says the charity’s programmes are still in high demand. A donated office space at Regatta Office Park is helping the non-profit — better known as ARK — continue to deliver much-needed community services. Nielsen says the location, which is part of Dart's office space offering known as "readyspaces," has helped ARK streamline its operations to quickly deliver relief care packages to those most in need.

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Early works agreements pave way for full landfill remediation

The future of the George Town Landfill looks green after Dart and the Cayman Islands Government signed a number of agreements on Tuesday, 13 October to continue the capping and remediation of the country’s largest landfill.

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New traffic-easing road underway

Across Grand Cayman, major roadworks are underway at key pinch-points to upgrade and expand the existing network to alleviate traffic congestion and improve road safety for all users.

The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure and the National Roads Authority are hoping a new road project will alleviate heavy traffic through Industrial Park and ease congestion onto the Butterfield roundabout at the southern end of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

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Joint statement by Dart and Rugby Club

Almost 10 years ago, Dart and the Cayman Rugby Football Club began discussions about potentially relocating and expanding the Club’s facilities at a new location at the southern end of Camana Bay.

After more than three years of formal negotiations, Dart and the Rugby Club have been unable to achieve a mutually agreeable lease agreement; As a result, Dart has withdrawn its offer to the Rugby Club for a peppercorn lease of land at Camana Bay for the construction of new facilities.

While there are no active, alternate plans for the site, the master planning for Camana Bay is an ongoing, iterative process, and the town has evolved and grown greatly since discussions were first entered into with the Rugby Club some years ago. Dart remains committed to assisting the Rugby Club in its pursuit of an alternate location and those discussions are ongoing.

Dart believes sport has an important role to play in fostering community spirit and will continue to support the Rugby Club and similar organisations through donations and corporate sponsorship opportunities wherever possible.

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Dart hotels adjust to extended global impact of COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread across every sector globally and has confronted the hospitality industry worldwide with an unprecedented challenge. As the virus is widespread internationally, the Cayman Islands Government continues to prioritise the safety of the local community with a phased reopening of borders beginning 1 October that includes a 14-day quarantine period for all airport arrivals.

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