CI News understands the Cook Islands and Chinese governments have signed the implementation agreement earlier this week committing both parties to the success of the project to renovate the Justice/Courthouse, police station and the sports arena buildings.
All three buildings, which are owned and managed by the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), were constructed by the Chinese through the support of their government.
CINews is yet to get an official comment on the renovations plans and/or alternative sites during the renovation works from CIIC, but understands a number of options are being considered.
The country’s only indoor sports stadium is one alternative being considered as a temporary site for the island’s police headquarters.
The arena is believed to be the first building that will undergo renovation work around March or April next year. The job is scheduled to be completed within five months.
The police headquarters is expected to take up to a further 10 months and is expected to be ready for occupancy after mid-2019.
CIIC is believed to be looking at various options, with the sports arena being the only viable choice.
Closure of the sports arena would affect a number of sporting codes which use the facility to host a number of domestic and international competitions.
CI News understands CIIC is holding talks with the sporting federations to discuss the matter before making a final decision on relocation of the police station.