The National Trust today announced the demolition of the uniquely designed ‘gingerbread house’, on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont.
In response to an inquiry from UDECOTT, the National Trust said they conducted a site visit in 2018 and advised that this building along with the one on the corner of Jerningham Avenue and the Queens Park East, were suitable for restoration and adaptive reuse.
“It was noted that this historic property retained its original design and would be a strong addition to the gingerbread houses of Belmont that could be incorporated into a Belmont Heritage District,” noted the National Trust.
This site has been earmarked for the new offices of the Ministry of Health.
Unfortunately, work commenced on this historic site a few days ago, without any prior notification to the National Trust.
These works began with the removal of the fence which protected the site. The Trust has since received several reports of persons trespassing onto the site, removing items, and causing damage to the building.
The National Trust and Citizens for Conservation are presently holding discussions with UDECOTT and NH International (Caribbean) Ltd., to ensure that the building site is properly secured to prevent any further theft or vandalism. Arrangements are also being made to photograph and record this building and another one site formerly used by the Medical Counselling Centre that is in the middle of the site and therefore would need to be removed to make way for the new office building.